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The Shield gets the big ol' cold shoulder from the Emmy collective

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 17th 2009 12:02PM
Michael Chiklis and David Rees Snell from The Shield
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.

Emmys 2009 Snubs and Surprises

    SNUB! Jay Leno

    OK, so, he'll be back this fall in primetime, but still ... you'd think his final bow after 17 years of hosting 'The Tonight Show' would have garnered him a farewell nomination for the gig, but rival David Letterman was the lone late-night host on the Big Three to score a nod. Is this a sign of things to come?


    SURPRISE! Simon Baker

    Simon Baker, who charmed millions of viewers on 'The Mentalist' this season, apparently charmed Emmy voters as well, earning a well-deserved Best Drama Actor nomination for the show's inaugural season. 'The Mentalist' may have missed out on Best Drama Series, but if season 2 can keep the momentum going (considering the show's moving to Thursdays, it should), we expect Baker to become a familiar face on Emmy noms morning.


    SNUB! Katherine Heigl

    She wants to leave the show, she wants to stay. She wants an Emmy, she doesn't. Looks like the 'Grey's Anatomy' star screwed herself out of a Best Supporting Actress nod by being so indecisive, despite being front and center with a decent storyline this season. But contrary to rumors, she'll be returning to the show -- so, better luck next time!


    SURPRISE! Sarah Silverman

    She's known for her knock-you-off-your-chair humor, but it's still a surprise that the acerbic comedian would land next to the likes of Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the category for the Best Actress in a Comedy. Let's just hope the 'Sarah Silverman Show' star is on her best behavior come Emmy night (or maybe we should hope she isn't -- that would be more fun).

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    SNUB! 'Two and a Half Men'

    After being nominated the past three years and continuing to be a critical and ratings juggernaut for CBS, how can the Emmys not reward the show again? The oversight sticks out like a sore thumb, especially considering that the flailing 'Entourage' is still hanging on. Oh well, at least Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer didn't get shut out of the acting categories.


    SURPRISE! Jack McBrayer

    It's about time! As the lovably geeky Kenneth the page on '30 Rock,' McBrayer brings a charming innocence to the series. A relative unknown, he's been able to hold his own against big dogs Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and Jane Krakowski (all nominated). We just hope the much deserved pat on the back doesn't cause him to hang up his page jacket anytime soon.


    SNUB! America Ferrera

    'Ugly Betty' may have stumbled last season, but it has gracefully picked itself up and dusted itself off. Apparently, though, it was too little too late for the actress to land a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nomination. But like Betty herself, we're sure Ferrera will take it all in stride and put her best face forward.


    SURPRISE! 'Family Guy'

    'Family Guy' managed to pull off something not even 'The Simpsons' could do: land a nomination for Best Comedy Series. If that isn't shocking enough, it's only the second nomination ever for an animated series in this category. The first was for 'The Flintstones' in 1961.


    SNUB! Jeremy Piven

    The gleam is off Emmys' Golden Boy, who's been nominated for every season of 'Entourage' so far, winning the past three years. The empty-handedness could be because the series as a whole has been wearing thin ... but Kevin Dillon still nabbed a nod. So that kinda just leaves Piven's off-screen, overblown mercury poisoning claim to blame.


    SURPRISE! Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi

    Don't get us wrong, 'Top Chef' is a terrific show, and Padma -- not to put too fine a point on it -- is smoking hot. But she seems like a lightweight amid the other reality-show host nominees ... plus, is Colicchio, who was nominated alongside her as co-host, really a host at all? Last time we checked, there was only one person telling contestants to "pack your knives and go."

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Great television is its own reward.

Shawn Ryan, Michael Chiklis, Walton Goggins, et al don't need an award to know they went out on top.

July 17 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Exhibit 10000000000000001 why the award shows don't reflect quality shows/films.

July 17 2009 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Shields final episodes were brilliant, thought provoking and just plain incredible television. It is simply a crime that this is not being recognized the proper way. Although I do like the shows that were nominated for best drama series (outside of House). I'm not really surprised by this. The Wire was probably the best show on tV of all time and it was completely snubbed even after it's incredible fourth season that set the standard for exceptional storytelling.

July 17 2009 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

THE SHIELD and THE WIRE prove that most people--especially those that choose awards--are dipshits. The finale season of Shield, simply enough, is how a finale season should work--emotionally charged, true to its characters, and not willing to stretch reality for the happiness of fans. Wire's finale season, although not as strong as its other four, gave a damn near perfect finale episode.

July 17 2009 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dtpollitt's comment

Your totaly right mate.. The finale was the perfect series finale. It wraped up everything, and it ended in the only way it could end.
And its the same thing with The Wire. How that show never got a major Emmy is beyond me!

July 18 2009 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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