The Shield gets the big ol' cold shoulder from the Emmy collective
by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 17th 2009 12:02PM
Television is a vast alien landscape of shows, programs and other watchables. So the odds of a really good show not getting special recognition are about as good as Michael Chiklis' chances of his noggin being mistaken for a shiny, beige Brunswick in a bowling alley.
The Emmys also tend to favor younger shows rather than the oldies that have had their chance to win some awards because the best stuff on television is always fresher out of the gate. It's just the beast of the cycle. Great movies age like a fine cheese. Great TV shows age like spray cheese.
The Shield, however, got totally snubbed from this year's nomination list. And is that something the Academy really wants to do to a guy with a hair trigger anger who considers a Smith and Wesson as his "backup piece"? (I should ask myself the same thing after that bowling ball noggin joke.)
The groundbreaking cop show's final season got ZERO nominations. Not even a measly little technical one for cinematography or sound or costume design. For crying out loud, According to Jim's final season got more nominations this year than The Shield's final season. That's like giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Dan Aykroyd for singing in the chorus of "We Are the World" and not even nominating Nelson Mandela.
The Shield's final episodes, particularly the silent final minutes of the very last show, did cause a bit of a brewhaha among its regular eyeball-pointers. In other words, it was just like any long running show that comes to a close. Some will think it ended perfectly while others expected something more definitive. That's beside the point. The show still should have gotten something from the art department for acting, writing, directing or even craft services. I'm sure their bagel dogs alone are worthy of praise.
It has gone off-the-rails during it's seven season run, but it still managed to maintain its brisk pace and edgy writing. It managed to grab your eyeballs well into the final seasons and left you begging for more at the end of each episode. Very few shows that have lasted as long as The Shield has can say that. That's right, According to Jim. I'm looking at you.
The competition was stiff this year, especially among cable heavy hitters like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and even Damages. The Shield, however, deserved a chance to stand along side all of them for one last time.