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Emmys 2011: Biggest Really?! Nominations

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 14th 2011 1:15PM
Jon CryerLet's get real for a minute: The Emmys, if anything, are predictable. While there quite a few fun surprises -- more on that here -- the 2011 Emmy nominations made us roll our eyes more than a few times.

No, Tony Shalhoub didn't miraculously return from TV afterlife and get a 'Monk' nomination, but these few nods are just about as unbelievable -- in a "Come on, really?" kind of way -- as that scenario.

Here, seven nominations that made us roll our eyes, yell at the TV and wonder if things with the Emmys will ever change.

Kathy BatesKathy Bates, 'Harry's Law'
'Harry's Law' was made because Kathy Bates wanted an Emmy nomination, right? Think about it: Quirky lawyer -- she has a gun and works out of a shoe store, you guys -- played by an Oscar and Golden Globe winner. It's perfect Emmy bait. Plus, you put Kathy Bates on a screen anywhere and she'll get an award, no matter how good her show is. (And in case you didn't catch our subtlety, we're saying this one isn't good. At all. Why else would they be retooling so much?)

Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay, 'Law & Order: SVU'
We get it. She's incredibly good at playing a Detective Olivia Benson. 'Law & Order: SVU' is very addicting show. We're not denying any of that, and we've got nothing against Mariska, but once she won the award five years ago, wasn't she supposed to stop getting nominated to open it up to some fresh faces? Look at last year's biggest surprise win Kyra Sedgwick -- you don't see her on this year's list.

Jon CryerJon Cryer, 'Two and a Half Men'
Sure, he's the backbone of 'Two and a Half Men' and put up with a lot of stuff this past year, but he's hardly a comedy MVP. How did he manage another nomination when the likes of Nick Offerman of 'Parks and Recreation' was left by the wayside?
There's no denying 'Glee''s popularity, but best comedy? Stack 'Glee' up against 'Parks and Recreation' or '30 Rock' and the show wouldn't even make it to regionals. There's no competition in terms of series quality and laugh quantity.

Beau BridgesBeau Bridges, 'Brothers & Sisters'
The nomination of Beau Bridges follows the same logic as Kathy Bates's nomination. Beau Bridges + drama = Emmy nomination. It doesn't matter that the show had an unbelievably bad final run before getting the axe -- note its absence in every single other category -- but one guest spot is all it takes.

The Kennedys'The Kennedys'
Just because it was filled with star power doesn't mean it was good. Did Emmy voters watch this mini-series? The accents alone were enough to make us laugh out loud and, if you remember history, their story is not exactly a comedy.

Jane LynchJane Lynch, 'Glee'
The 'Glee' star is incredibly funny and great in almost everything she does ... but Season 2 of 'Glee'? Not so much. She did the best with what she was handed, but this nomination gets an eye-roll simply because 1) she turned into the Grinch at one point during the season (literally), and 2) she tried to make us forget that by getting all emotional and tear-jerky when Sue Sylvester's sister died. But she is hosting the show this year, so I guess this was to be expected.

For a full list of 2011 Emmy nominees click here.

Emmy Nomination Snubs & Surprises
Mo Ryan's Nomination Reactions
Video Clips from Best Comedy & Best Drama Nominees

'The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards' air Sunday Sept. 18, 8PM ET on Fox.

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Katrine Larsson

Kathy Bates is very good in Harrys law. Shes must be the winner of Emmy!

July 15 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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July 15 2011 at 3:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brett Alan

Harry's Law definitely has its problems; there are things I like about it, but there are things I don't and I certainly don't think it would be worthy of consideration for an Emmy as a show. But that doesn't mean that Kathy Bates isn't worthy. She does a very good job with the material, and given that some of the best dramas on TV don't have leading women's roles (see, for example, Terriers or Men of a Certain Age), her nomination doesn't seem unreasonable at all.

July 14 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I disagree. Mariska is one of the best there is and deserves the ongoing nominations. That would be like saying, "I know the Yankees and Red Sox continually make the playoffs, but - waaaaa - I want someone else, like the Royals, to make it.

July 14 2011 at 6:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Beau Bridges was terrible on B & S. He ruined the last episodes of it.

July 14 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree 100% with all of these. Glee over anything, especially something as good as Community, is embarrassing. More acting nominations should have gone to Downton Abbey over the Kennedys as well.

July 14 2011 at 3:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Don't forget Hugh Laurie from "House." He should be number one on your "eye roll" list.
Don't get me wrong, I use to really love "House" and his performance but he hasn't deserved/earned a nomination for the last two to three seasons! Come on! Give his spot to someone esle - anyone else.

July 14 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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