My reactions to the Emmy nominations, part two
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - This would seem to be Mad Men's to lose. The pilot was very strong, but they're competing with themselves in this category, with "The Wheel" also nominated. The Wire winning would be a shock, but not as much as Battlestar Galactica which -- hallelujah -- finally got some well-deserved attention. Damages pilot was a stunner, too. Anyway you cut it, this is a damn good set of scripts.
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Two 30 Rocks, including "Cooter" which I thought sucked! Pushing Daisies and Flight of the Conchords are wonderful new blood for this category. I'm going out on a limb and declaring that The Office will win for "Dinner Party." That episode was like Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, a Tony and Oscar winner.
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Can Kathy Griffin in concert, Straight to Hell, beat Bill Maher, George Carlin, or Don Rickles specials? The Kennedy Centers Honors and/or James Taylor (Great Performances) are a surer bet, but because of his untimely death, I think George Carlin should win a post-humous award.
Outstanding Reality Program - Okay, here Kathy Griffin, My Life on the D List, has a shot. Her toughest competition, though, may be Dirty Jobs, more than Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Intervention or Antiques Roadshow (seriously??). Of course, seeing how much Kathy shows off her Emmy now, NATAS may want to give her another. She's great publicity for the award show! But what could she say if she wins might frighten the voters.
Outstanding Nonfiction Special (this is different from reality and competition, apparently) - AFI 100 Years, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, Autism: The Musical, Pioneers of Television: Late Night, The Pixar Story. I'm tempted to say Pixar because they seem to have the Midas touch (hello, WALL-E!), but of all these shows, I liked Pioneers of Television best; it was superb.
Outstanding Nonfiction Series (again, different from the one above) - American Masters, Biography, Inside the Actors Studio...all somewhat similar. Deadliest Catch is not. This American Life has major buzz, but I'm thinking Deadliest Catch, even if they doctored some footage.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries - Laura Linney should have this in hand for John Adams, but Dame Judi Dench in Cranford is an award-hawk (deservedly so). The others are fine actresses in great roles, but it's a two person race in my estimation.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries - By all rights, Paul Giamatti -- like Laura Linney -- should have this sewn up for John Adams. However, the actor competition is formidible, Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson for Recount, Ralph Fiennes for Bernard and Doris, and Ricky Gervais for Extras: The Series Finale movie. Ricky was really brilliant as Andy Millman, especially in this film.
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - How is Stanley Tucci nominated for ER? Wasn't he a regular? Robin Williams got mucho media for Law & Order: SVU, but the winner here will be Robert Morse from Mad Men. All those scenes in stocking feet were great!
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