The Emmy nominations are out. Since most of them were leaked two weeks ago there weren't many huge surprises. As expected, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP got the most nominations in history. Well... that's what Aaron Sorkin thought last year at this time. But in the real world....
THE SOPRANOS was nominated for everything including best cartoon. Here's what I hope happens. David Chase wins, goes up to the podium, starts to speak, and the screen just goes black.
In the drama category I was happy that HOUSE finally was recognized, and since I know the producers of BOSTON LEGAL I was thrilled they got a nod. Not that any of them have a chance against THE SOPRANOS. But three of my favorite dramas didn't make the cut. LOST, DEXTER, and THE SHIELD. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS was a surprise snub but I contend the way they shoot that show, with the jiggling camera, is annoying and when academy members hurl their lunch they tend not to vote for you.
The academy got it right by not nominating last year's winner, 24. They had a horrible season and unfortunately many voters live in Valencia and resent being nuked and incinerated.
I didn't realize they still had a Best Comedy category but apparently they do and 30 ROCK and UGLY BETTY were the new darlings. George Lopez must be saying, "how could they nominate THE OFFICE instead of me?" I think ENTOURAGE is going to sneak in and win.
Interesting that DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES was ignored. And to make matters worse, Felicity Huffman did get a nomination. I'm sure those other women are going to be real fun to be around the next few weeks. Teri Hatcher-induced heart attacks should reduce the crew by seventeen.
Hugh Laurie finally got a Best Actor nomination. Hooray! It'll be a two-man race between him and James Gandolfini. Michael C. Hall as DEXTER deserved a nod. He made a serial killer seem more sympathetic than any of our current elected officials. Missing was Eddie Izzard. If he played his character in a dress he could have gotten a best actress nod.
Patricia Arquette got nominated again for Best Actress. And so did Debra Messing. Even if they slept with every voter twice I still can't fathom why they got those nods. Oh, add Sandra Oh to that list.
If there's one lock it's Alec Baldwin for 30 ROCK. If he's not there I'd love his daughter to accept the award for him. America Ferrara will take home the comedy gold for the leading ladies. It's not easy playing ugly when you're pretty.
Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, Neil Patrick Harris? Too tough to call for best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Dillon isn't really stupid, Piven isn't really an asshole, and Harris isn't really straight. All three deserve the hardware.
And no one deserves an Emmy more than Jenna Fischer.
Mini-series? Tele-films? Whatever.
For the guest acting categories the academy just selects the biggest movie stars that qualify that year. Robert Duvall. Helen Mirren. Gena Rowlands. Martin Landau. Forest Whitaker. Eli Wallach. Salma Hayek. Hey, what a shock!
At least this year all of the nominated actors had more than thirteen seconds screen time like Ellen Burstyn did.
Here's who I'd like to see win Guest Actor in a Drama Series: a tie between David Morse for HOUSE and Tim Daly for THE SOPRANOS.
Is it Stephen Colbert's year or Jon Stewart's? It won't be Jay Leno's.
The Emmy Awards telecast will be on September 16. I'll be reviewing them. Scheduled not to appear: Aaron Sorkin.
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