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7 Reasons Why the Emmys Got It Right

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 17th 2009 4:01PM
Jane KrakowskiFor the first time maybe ever, the Emmys managed to come up with a list of nominations where the good outweighed the bad.

Underrated hits like 'Big Love' and 'Flight of the Conchords' finally got their due, and with a few minor exceptions, every nominee can already call him or herself a winner.

Here's a rundown of seven reasons why the Emmy Academy got it right.Jane KrakowskiFor the first time maybe ever, the Emmys managed to come up with a list of nominations where the good outweighed the bad.

Underrated hits like 'Big Love' and 'Flight of the Conchords' finally got their due, and with a few minor exceptions, every nominee can already call him or herself a winner.

Here's a rundown of seven reasons why the academy got it right. -- By Andy Scott

Lucky Sevens
The Emmys spread the wealth this year, nominating a whopping 14 shows total in the Best Drama and Comedy Series categories. Best of all, they actually nominated current, critically acclaimed shows in the process ('Breaking Bad'; 'How I Met Your Mother') instead of relying on their tired old favorites like 'Boston Legal' and 'Two and a Half Men.'

Six Is the New Five
While the acting nominations weren't entirely perfect (Christian Clemenson? Huh?) the switch from five to six nominees was still a resounding success. Case in point: the Emmys finally made room for '30 Rock''s hilarious supporting players Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer and Tracy Morgan.

Piven Out of the 'Entourage'
Jeremy Piven has already won three consecutive Emmys for 'Entourage.' At the very least, his snub keeps him from rivaling 'Mad About You''s Helen Hunt for the most unnecessary Emmy winning streak ever (Calista Flockhart was robbed!). Plus: With Piven out of the way, this means host Neil Patrick Harris can finally win.

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'Dr. Horrible' Nominated
Joss Whedon's cult internet hit 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog' actually walked away with a nomination in the Short-format Live-Action Entertainment category. That alone makes this batch of nominees appear less horrible (sorry) than in previous years.

Thank God It's 'Saturday'
Led by Tina Fey's dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin, 'Saturday Night Live''s comeback season was aptly rewarded with a record-breaking 13 nominations, including noms for Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and even Justin Timberlake.

'Mad' for Elisabeth Moss
In a perfect world, both Elisabeth Moss and January Jones would have been nominated for their brilliant work on AMC's 'Mad Men.' Still, Moss' nomination for Best Actress in a Drama proves that voters are starting to think outside the box in the acting categories. It also shakes up a category that was on the verge of becoming too boring and predictable.

Emmys, Schmemmys
Two-time winner Kathy Griffin continues her reign as Emmys queen with two additional nominations this year, including one for Bravo's 'My Life on the D-List.' She'll also play host at this year's Creative Arts Emmys (yay!), further cementing her status on the D-List.

On the other hand, Kelly Woo thinks the nominations were terrible. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments!





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