Quips, Quibbles and Witticisms Courtesy of the 2010 Emmy Nominations

If there’s anything that can break me out of a blogging funk, it’s the Emmys (or as I like to call it: the Superbowl for TV nerds). While I certainly don’t expect the 2010 ceremony to even come close to topping last year’s awards (Mad Men & 30 Rock continued their winning streaks, LORD WHEDON won his first trophy, and oh yeah the show was hosted by God, uh, Neil Patrick Harris), they definitely have a good start. In an attempt to A) appeal to younger viewers and B) make you forget that had he not been fired from his Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien probably would’ve hosted this year’s ceremony, NBC has tapped Jimmy Fallon to host. While this decision does seem a bit premature, Fallon’s take on Late Night has often proved to be innovative, creative and most importantly, entertaining so I am excited to see what he brings to the show.

Also working in the 2010 Emmys’ favor is the fact that the Creative Arts Ceremony (held last weekend in LA and airing this Friday afternoon on E!) already provided many exciting winners. America’s elderly sweetheart, Betty White, won the “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” award for her episode of SNL (making her only the 2nd person – and first woman – to win an Emmy for hosting SNL). Robot Chicken won its first series honor, snagging the “Outstanding Short-Form Animation Program” for the “Full-Assed Christmas Special” episode. And most importantly…

NPH SOMEHOW WENT FROM BEING PERPETUALLY PASSED OVER TO BEING A TWO-TIME EMMY WINNER!!!

The lesson we can all learn from this: SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM GLEE. Our beloved Neil Patrick Harris was named the “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role on Glee (and this is clearly a “you like me, you really like me!” type of honor because that was a particularly painful episode of that series) and was also awarded a trophy in the “Outstanding Special Class Program” category for his hosting duties during the 2009 Tony Awards. AND TV’S MVP has a chance to three-peat as he walks into Sunday’s ceremony with another Supporting Actor nomination for How I Met Your Mother. OMG.

As far as the rest of this year’s nominations go, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Somehow Glee ended up with the most series nominations (19 in all), but former Emmy favs Mad Men and 30 Rock are close behind with 17 and 15 nominations, respectively. While Community (arguably last fall’s best series) was criminally ignored, Modern Family (last fall’s other arguable best series) was nominated 14 times. I feel this year’s nominations did a good job of embracing the old favorites and the new. Let’s see how it all breaks down, shall we?

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad
Dexter
The Good Wife
Lost
Mad Men
True Blood

Perennial favorites Damages and House are nowhere to be found, making way for a newbie (the immensely popular CBS show, The Good Wife) and an old favorite (the final season of Lost). Also making its major Emmy debut is HBO’s True Blood, in perhaps the most shocking nomination of the year (I heart that show but does anything about it really scream “television’s best?”). While it is possible that Lost‘s nomination might hold some sentimental weight, I really feel like its ending (the entire final season, even) was too polarizing to dominate the votes – not to mention the fact that it only took this category once before, for its first season. The real battle here is between AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad has a lot of buzz and while I’ve never seen it, from what I’ve heard it deserves the attention. Mad Men, however, has deservedly taken this title for the past 2 years and there is no reason to believe that it won’t take it again. 

Will win: Mad Men or Breaking Bad, with the definite edge to Mad Men
Should win: Mad Men


Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glee

Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office


While my darling 30 Rock has previously been undefeated in this category, I’m sad-ish to say I think that streak may be ending. While I certainly found Season 4 to be up to snuff, many people did not and that attitude may have been reflected in this year’s nominations (while the show still pulled in an impressive 15, it is a far cry from the record-setting 22 they were honored with last year). While 30 Rock‘s submitted episodes are definitely the strongest out of all the nominees, I think the big battle here is between the two newbies: Glee and Modern Family, and it’s an interesting match-up. On the surface, Glee appears to have the advantage: it’s flashy, it’s showy, it’s upbeat and colorful and it’s “hip” – all the things that Emmy would want to honor. But if Emmy voters were to actually watch the nominated programs, they may notice that Glee is um, not very good? The show is often enjoyable but of their submitted episodes only “The Power of Madonna” is particularly outstanding and that episode has the misfortune of being paired with one of the show’s schmaltzier episodes, “Home”, on the Emmy submission tapes. Modern Family, on the other hand, boasts a strong ensemble cast and intelligent writing that shines through even their weaker episodes. I’d be surprised if it didn’t come out on top.

Will win:
30 Rock still has a chance but Glee and (most threateningly) Modern Family are both close competitors.
Should win: While 30 Rock still consistently gives me a case of the happies, Modern Family should definitely be recognized for an extraordinary freshman season.
Unjustly ignored: I’ve already mentioned the cruel and unusual Community snub. After finally breaking into the category last year, my precious How I Met Your Mother and my beloved Weeds were both left off the roster this year, but these are understandable omissions. However, might I call the Academy’s attention to a little show called Party Down? OBVIOUSLY they’ve never heard of it because that it literally the only reason why the show’s absence would be justified. (Season 2 DVD in stores Sept. 28!)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston as “Walt White,” Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall as “Dexter Morgan,” Dexter
Kyle Chandler as “Eric Taylor,” Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie as “Dr. Gregory House,” House
Matthew Fox as “Jack Shephard,” Lost
Jon Hamm as “Don Draper,” Mad Men 

After years of campaigning by critics and fans alike, Friday Night Lights finally got some Emmy recognition this year. I’ve never seen the show but I know it is much beloved so I was happy to see it get acknowledged. Another sentimental acknowledgment in this category is Matthew Fox’s first ever Emmy nomination; while he’s not expected to be a contender, it’s apparent that Emmy voters wanted to take this final opportunity to acknowledge his work on Lost. The rest of the category is a crap shoot at best. Hugh Laurie, a 5-time nominee, is long overdue for this award and delivers his strongest Emmy submission to date (“Broken,” House‘s 2 hour season premiere that chronicled House’s stint in a mental institution) but with House missing from the Drama Series category for the first time since 2006, it’s likely that he will once again be passed over. Jon Hamm has yet to be recognized for his already iconic portrayal of Don Draper but Emmy voters may assume that Mad Men will be around for a while and therefore they have plenty of time to honor Hamm’s performance. That leaves us with Bryan Cranston, the reigning champion for 2 years running, and Michael C. Hall, a 3-time nominee who is looking to achieve the grand slam of TV recognition (a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award and an Emmy all in the same year). Dexter already won John Lithgow the “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series” award at the Creative Arts ceremony which I think might be proof of Dexter‘s buzz this year.

Will win: All are strong contenders but I think the main race is between Bryan Cranston and Michael C. Hall, with Hall having the advantage.

Should win: All actors in the category are strong performers and deserving nominees. Having only seen two of the nominated performances though (and with a bit of fangirl bias), I still contend that it will be a shame if Hugh Laurie’s consistently fantastic portrayal of Greg House is never recognized.

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin as “Jack Donaghy,” 30 Rock
Jim Parsons as “Sheldon Cooper,” The Big Bang Theory
Larry David as “Himself,” Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison as “Will Schuester,” Glee
Tony Shalhoub as “Adrian Monk,” Monk
Steve Carell as “Michael Scott,” The Office

I’d like to start off by saying I have no idea how Matthew Morrison got nominated. Seriously. OMG. Anyways, other than that bizarre happenstance, we actually have an interesting category here. Steve Carell and Larry David are perpetually nominated, though neither has ever won (nor do I believe ever will). Jim Parsons broke through into this category last year and was largely believed to be the dark horse. While I don’t believe he has the buzz around him that he did last awards season, he is definitely the biggest threat to the two powerhouses in this category: Alec Baldwin, who has won for the past 2 years, and Tony Shalhoub, a 3-time winner who is nominated for the final time in his role on USA’s Monk. Baldwin’s paradox is that this season of 30 Rock was not as critically embraced as it was in years past, although his performance was as strong as ever. Shalhoub’s paradox is that while it is often tempting for Emmy voters to send off one of their favorites with a final win, the 2 hour series finale of Monk was largely considered to be middling and a bit disappointing. Could these confusing circumstances set the stage for a surprise win by Parsons? I honestly don’t know!

Will win: Hmm… I think Shalhoub is a safe bet with the possibility of Baldwin repeating or possibly a Parsons surprise win. But it’d be very surprise.
Should win: This sounds weird, but if I were voting I might vote for Larry David. This past season of Curb was one of my favs and his performance was commendable. 
Unjustly ignored: Since we’ve already determined that the Emmys must be completely unaware of Party Down‘s existence, I won’t mention Adam Scott’s egregious omission. I would, however, like to severely chastise the Academy for not recognizing Joel McHale’s contributions to Community. While the show is definitely an ensemble, his character is absolutely the prickly and comedic center and when McHale was chosen to announce this year’s nominations, I thought a nod would surely be coming his way.

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Kyra Sedgwick as “Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson,” The Closer
Glenn Close as “Patty Hewes,” Damages
Connie Britton as “Tami Taylor,” Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies as “Alicia Florrick,” The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay as “Detective Olivia Benson,” Law & Order: SVU
January Jones as “Betty Draper,” Mad Men

 

My girl January Jones finally gets the props she deserves for her role on Mad Men, thanks to some clever posturing by the folks at AMC I’m assuming. (In years past, Jones was submitted in the Supporting Actress category while co-star Elisabeth Moss was submitted – and consequently nominated – in the Lead Actress category. For whatever reason, the actresses swapped categories this year and were both nominated in their new fields.) Likewise, the always acclaimed Connie Britton scores her first nod for Friday Night Lights. Unfortunately, Jones and Britton will most likely have to be satisfied with the honor of being nominated as I believe this is strictly a three-horse-race. Glenn Close has taken this award for the past 2 years (because she’s Glenn Close, darling) but from what I’m hearing, Kyra Sedgwick could be poised for a steal this year. Her submitted episode of The Closer is said to pack an enormous emotional punch and could finally garner her a win. Despite this, I still consider Sedgwick to be the dark horse here and believe that if anyone is going to overtake Ms. Close, it’s going to be Julianna Margulies. The Good Wife seemed to come out of nowhere, but it is a hit for CBS and a comeback vehicle for a much-liked actress. Margulies has already won the Golden Globe and the Screen Actors Guild award for the program and is a previous Emmy winner for her work on ER. I have a feeling about this one.

Will win: As stated above, it’s definitely between Sedgwick, Close and Margulies. But the Emmys love comeback stories so I believe Margulies definitely has the edge and is the most likely winner.
Should win: The only performance I’ve seen here is from Jones and I believe she was stronger in her submissions last year. I think any of the other nominees are fine choices.

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey as “Liz Lemon,” 30 Rock
Lea Michele as “Rachel Berry,” Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as “Christine Campbell,” The New Adventures of Old Christine
Edie Falco as “Jackie Peyton,” Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler as “Leslie Knope,” Parks and Recreation
Toni Collette as “Tara Gregson,” United States of Tara

Three newbie noms and three previous winners, an interesting mash-up. Of the previous winners (Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Toni Collette) I feel like Tina Fey has the best shot here (and I assure you that’s not just my girlcrush talking) as her submitted episode “Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001” is a laugh riot chock full of physical comedy. Of the newbies, while Amy Poehler and Lea Michele are absolutely deserving nominees (Poehler is always a delight to watch and from day one, Michele has consistently been the bright spot of the frustratingly mediocre Glee) I really feel that Edie Falco is the one to beat. I’ve never seen Nurse Jackie, but from what I understand it’s Emmy-bait wrapped up with an edgy pay cable bow. Falco won 3 Emmys previously for her role on The Sopranos and if she takes home this trophy she will be the second person – and first woman – to win leading role Emmys in both the drama and comedy categories. (Only Carroll O’Conner has ever pulled off this feat, having won for both All in the Family and In the Heat of the Night)

Will win: Edie Falco. I’d be shocked if anything else happened.
Should win: Oddly, Falco’s is the only performance that I am not familiar with, but I’m sure she’s fantastic. Having said that, you know I’m going to also say my girl Fey is always deserving of praise.

Unjustly ignored: My other big girl-crush, Mary-Louise Parker, was sadly omitted from the nominations this year after being nominated for the past 3 years. Weeds may have been hit or miss last season, but MLP always delivers consistently effective performances.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul as “Jesse Pinkman,” Breaking Bad
Martin Short as “Leonard Winstone,” Damages
Terry O’Quinn as “John Locke,” Lost
Michael Emerson as “Ben Linus,” Lost
John Slattery as “Roger Sterling,” Mad Men
Andre Braugher as “Owen,” Men of a Certain Age

The only show I watch here is Mad Men and I highly doubt that John Slattery will be the winner, so most of this analysis is pure speculation. Last year Aaron Paul had all the buzz but ultimately ended up losing out to Michael Emerson, who is nominated again this year. The buzz on Paul seems to have cooled a bit, and while Emerson was still talked about during Lost‘s final season, I think Terry O’Quinn, who took this category back in 2007, has a greater chance. Quinn’s character is one of the most iconic of the series and I think voters will want to honor him -and the show- one last time. Unless, that is, Andre Braugher sneaks in under the radar. Reasoning: Braugher is well-regarded within the industry and is already a 2-time winner, for programs that were just as low-profile as TNT’s Men of a Certain Age. (Not to mention the fact that he should’ve been nominated this year for his guest appearance on House.) More reasoning: there has not been a repeat winner in this category since Picket Fences‘ Ray Walston won back-to-back awards in 1995 and 1996. Obviously this streak will end sometime, but still. Braugher could take it.

Will win: Sentimental vote – O’Quinn/Emerson, most likely O’Quinn. Logic says – Braugher.
Should win: From what little I’ve seen of Lost (and for cultural significance), I’d say O’Quinn. 

Unjustly ignored: I usually take this section to crow about House‘s Robert Sean Leonard never being recognized, but I sadly must confess that I only watched about half of this season of House (I don’t know what my problem was, dude) so I feel a bit unqualified to make that complaint again this year. Instead I will make the bizarre observation that Dax Shepard’s work on Parenthood was surprisingly impressive. The show is just a baby and only had a half-season run, but somewhere down the line it might be nice to see his name in this category.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Chris Colfer as “Kurt Hummel,” Glee
Neil Patrick Harris as “Barney Stinson,” How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as “Mitchell Pritchett,” Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet as “Cameron Tucker,” Modern Family
Ty Burrell as “Phil Dunphy,” Modern Family
Jon Cryer as “Alan Harper,” Two and a Half Men 

 

Newbies abound in this category! The only previous winner here is Jon Cryer, who took this honor last year somehow (I’m assuming it was because God was on vacation or something), while NPH has been nominated every year since 2007. Normally I’m like, “blah blah NPH should win everything because he’s already won at life, etc” but -GASP- I have a different take on things this year. First of all, as mentioned above, NPH will walk into the ceremony this year with 2 wins already under his belt. It is my suspicion that voters may have opted to give him the “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy” trophy for his episode of Glee because he was long overdue for a win and the competition here was too steep for him to finally take it. (Last year should’ve been his year! We’d finally disposed of Jeremy Piven and the multiple nods for 30 Rock canceled each other out; WHO WOULD’VE THOUGHT DUCKY WOULD STEP IN AND RUIN EVERYTHING OMG WTF) If Ed O’Neill had been in this category, I’d say he’d win hands down, but somehow he ended up being the only Modern Family star to not get a nod (cue the Stephanie Tanner-esque “HOW ROOD!”) and I think his co-stars’ domination in this category may lead to a split vote. Of the ModFam crew, I’d say Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell are about neck-and-neck as far as their episode submissions go (“Fizbo” and “Up All Night,” respectively). Stonestreet might have a slight edge just because the Emmy votes tend to skew towards the more over-the-top performances and while both characters are definitely OTT, Stonestreet’s performance is definitely broader whereas Burrell’s is ridiculously nuanced.

HOWEVER, I feel like Glee‘s Chris Colfer could pull off a surprise win. Colfer’s Glee character, Kurt, has the correct dosage of over-the-top-ness to please Emmy voters and his submitted episode, “Laryngitis,” blew me away when it aired and shows impressive range. (The episode also snagged Mike O’Malley, who plays Kurt’s father, a Guest Actor nom.) Another fact to consider is that in the Supporting categories, episode submissions are edited down to only the scenes that feature the nominated actor. That means Colfer not only likely has the longest submission tape but also a complete story arc (the episode centers around Kurt’s earnest attempts to relate to his macho father after coming out to him) that culminates in a showstopping musical number that had me practically throwing an Emmy at the TV the first time I watched it. I think he’s a real contender.



Will win: It depends on voters are looking for: Stonestreet’s episode delivers the belly laughs while Colfer’s offers a more impressive range that skews towards the dramatic (and of course, the musical). My gut says Colfer but I think it’d still be considered a surprise if he won.
Should win: I’m actually pretty happy with this group of nominees (not including Jon Cryer, obviously). The Modern Family crew impressed from the start and Chris Colfer is sublime in “Laryngitis,” one of the few Glee episodes I would describe as competent.


Unjustly ignored:
I still think it’s super foul that Justin Kirk has still gone unrecognized for his work on Weeds. As previously mentioned, the snubbing of Ed O’Neill is pretty outrageous and I understand that it would’ve been ridiculous to have an all Modern Family category but Rico Rodriguez is a revelation on that show. Why don’t the Emmys have a “Best Ensemble Cast” category like the SAG awards do? Had there been an ensemble award, the cast of Community also surely would’ve been acknowledged. Were the show a bigger hit, Danny Pudi and Donald Glover would’ve been shoo-ins in this category. I mean, aren’t you shocked that Chevy Chase didn’t even get a nom for it?


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Sharon Gless as “Madeline Westen,” Burn Notice
Rose Byrne as “Ellen Parsons,” Damages
Archie Panjabi as “Kalinda Sharma,” The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as “Diane Lockhart,” The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks as “Joan Harris,” Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss as “Peggy Olson,” Mad Men

This category seems fairly easy to navigate. This is Rose Byrne’s second nomination and with Damages out of the Best Drama race, it’s unlikely she will win this year. There’s a good chance the two Good Wife noms will cancel each other out, but of the two, Christine Baranski is the more likely winner and could be considered a dark horse. Sharon Gless won 2 Emmys in the 80s for Cagney and Lacey and this category has a history of going to veteran actresses. The question is: are we really going to give a major award to a popcorn action show like Burn Notice? That leaves us with the Mad Men ladies: Elisabeth Moss is phenomenal on the program but I don’t think her performances have enough fireworks in them to capture the voters’ attention. Christina Hendricks, on the other hand, should have been nominated since the show’s first season and submitted a strong, memorable episode (“Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”). Also worth noting is the fact that Mad Men has yet to win any Emmys for acting. Could this be their shot?

Will win: As I said, I think it’s a race between Gless and Hendricks with Baranski as the dark horse. If precedent holds, it’ll go to Gless but if voters actually watch the tapes then we’ll get the pleasure of watching Hendricks saunter up to the podium.
Should win: My sweet Joanie all the way.
Unjustly ignored: I don’t think we’ll have this problem next year, but little Sally Draper herself, Kiernan Shipka, absolutely deserved a nomination for her work on Mad Men. Heck, she deserved to win.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Krakowski as “Jenna Maroney,” 30 Rock
Jane Lynch as “Sue Sylvester,” Glee
Julie Bowen as “Claire Dunphy,” Modern Family
Sofia Vergara as “Gloria Delgado-Pritchett,” Modern Family
Kristen Wiig as “Various Characters,” Saturday Night Live
Holland Taylor as “Evelyn Harper,” Two and a Half Men

There has never been more of a sure thing, ladies and gents. Jane Lynch had this in the bag the minute she stepped into her first tracksuit.

Will win: Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester character was almost instantly iconic. She’s a well-liked industry vet and to top it all off, she picked her episode submission perfectly (“The Power of Madonna,” obviously). Hell may freeze over if this doesn’t happen.

Should win: I’ve often said, the best thing about Glee existing is that Jane Lynch will finally start getting some long overdue recognition. A win for her is fine by me.

 

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Friday Night Lights, “The Son,” Written by Rolin Jones
The Good Wife, “Pilot,” Written by Michelle King and Robert King
Lost, “The End,” Written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse
Mad Men, “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” Written by Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner
Mad Men, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” Written by Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy

Mad Men has taken this category the past 2 years and I believe it will deservedly continue its winning streak. Of the two episodes, the electric season finale “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” is definitely the frontrunner. Lost has an outside chance because of sentimentality, but it’s never won a writing award before so I still don’t think it has much pull in this category.
Will win: Mad Men‘s finale 
Should win: Mad Men‘s finale

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock, “Anna Howard Shaw Day,” Written by Matt Hubbard
30 Rock, “Lee Marvin vs. Derek Jeter,” Written by Tina Fey and Kay Cannon
Glee, “Pilot (Director’s Cut),” Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan
Modern Family, “Pilot,” Written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Llyod
The Office, “Niagara,” Written by Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling

Like Mad Men, 30 Rock is also looking to threepeat in this category, but I don’t think that’s likely to happen. The race here is between Glee and Modern Family. As I’ll discuss later, I completely expect Glee to win the Directing category but I think Modern Family might prevail here, only because it would be kind of weird for it to take Best Comedy (as I expect it to) without picking up another major award.

Will win: Modern Family or Glee, Modern Family being the more likely of the two.
Should win: Modern Family
Unjustly ignored: My beloved How I Met Your Mother has still yet to be named in this category. Last year wasn’t their strongest but there were still some contenders. Also, broken record time: Community. Party Down. And if we’re going to try and justify nominating Glee for stuff, they had way better episodes than the pilot.

 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Breaking Bad, “One Minute,” Directed by Michelle MacLaren
Dexter, “The Getaway,” Directed by Steve Shill
Lost, “The End,” Directed by Jack Bender
Mad Men, “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter
Treme, “Do You Know What it Means (Pilot),” (Directed by Agnieszka Holland

Here’s where I think the sentimentality will come into play. Lost won this award back in 2005 for its pilot episode and I think it will take it again for its finale. The only other contender here is Mad Men and this is one of the few creative categories it has yet to win.

Will win: Lost
Should win: I’ve only seen the Mad Men episode, but I love symmetry. Lost won for its first episode, I say let it win for its last.
Unjustly ignored: I don’t know if it was even submitted, but this would’ve been the perfect opportunity for JOSS WHEDON to get a major nomination (for his episode of Glee). I didn’t see Rian Johnson’s episode of Breaking Bad, but I heard incredible things about it and I would’ve loved to see that director acknowledged.

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
30 Rock, “I Do Do,” Directed by Don Scardino
Glee, “Pilot (Director’s Cut),” Directed by Ryan Murphy
Glee, “Wheels,” Directed by Paris Barclay
Modern Family, “Pilot,” Directed by Jason Winer
Nurse Jackie, “Pilot,” Directed by Allen Coulter

The Emmys love big, flashy, colorful pilot episodes (Ugly Betty and Pushing Daisies being recent proof of that), therefore Glee‘s pilot should take this category easily.

Will win: Glee

Should win: I didn’t particularly care for Glee‘s pilot, but I’d understand if it won. If I were voted, I would choose Modern Family.
Unjustly ignored: See any of the other comedy categories and fill in my complaints.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

Will win: Amazing Race wins every year but if Idol is ever going to take it, the final send-off to Simon Cowell would be the time.
Should win: I seriously could care less. But Idol.


Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien

Alrighty, here’s the story: I usually handicap the “Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series” category here too, but for some ridiculous reason that award was pushed to the Creative Arts ceremony this year and thus was already announced. (The Colbert Show won for a 2nd non-consecutive year. Whatevs.) So… this category is extra super special important because A) it is the first and only time that The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien will ever have been nominated for Emmys and B) if Conan wins, he’ll win LIVE ON NBC AND IT’LL BE A HUGE BURN AND I WILL CACKLE DEVILISHLY. But The Daily Show has won every year like since Jesus was born (or you know, since 2003) so it’s hard to say what will happen.

Will win: I’d like to think there might be enough industry love (and rebellion) to give Conan the last laugh here. But there is a chance that everyone has moved on from Team Coco and TDS continues their reign. (Aaaand of course there’s always an outside Colbert shot.)
Should win: COCO
Unjustly ignored: Emmy Awards, you cocky cocks. Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show won a damn Peabody Award this year and you still won’t give it up?! WTF?

The 62 annual Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday on NBC. Tune in LIVE (for the first time in 30 years, the Emmys are airing LIVE coast-to-coast!) on NBC to see how my predictions hash out! And watch this space on Sunday night after the show, I plan on posting one of my trademark ‘abridged thoughts in pictures’ blogs.

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6 thoughts on “Quips, Quibbles and Witticisms Courtesy of the 2010 Emmy Nominations

  1. Ahem, you're missing an even bigger comedy snub then Party Down, Parks and Recreation. They really found their groove last season and I would even dare to say that they have the best cast on television. However, due to that terrible fact, Modern Family gets my second vote. The writing is almost as strong as Parks, as is almost the cast.

    While Breaking Bad is the more “exciting” of the two AMC shows, Mad Men has my heart, especially now that Lost is gone.

    While the God that is Jon Hamm deserves to win, as do Bryan Cranston and Michael C. Hall, I really wanna see it go to Matthew Fox for sentimental reasons.

    Jim Parsons got screwed big last year and I'll be pissed if it happens again (I'm looking at you Mr. Baldwin).

    Ms. Jones was pretty good last season, I suppose she can have my vote.

    As my love for Parks and Recreation as now been stated, Amy Poehler gets my vote 200%.

    Chairs will be thrown if Terry O'Quinn doesn't win. NOTE: Chair throwing might not happen even if Terry loses.

    While I strongly believe anyone from Modern Family should take the cake, Ty Burrell deserves it the most because the man has now played a character I hate (Steve from Dawn of the Dead (2004)) and a character I love (Phil from Modern Family). Job well done, Ty. I also agree about Mr. Pudi and Mr. Glover, my two favorite parts of Community. I am partial to Donald though as not only is he a good actor but he's also a great comedian and an excellent musician.

    Christina Hendricks should finally be recognized especially doing so much with her semi-limited role last year.

    While I would love to see Jane Lynch win, I would honestly love to see Kristen Wiig get the win. She's consistently the best part of SNL and one of the funniest women to ever grace the Earth.

    Again my vote goes to Lost for the sentimental values but if Lost wasn't nominated, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” from Mad Men would get my vote easily.

    A for writing, Parks and Recreation…oh wait. Well in that case, Modern Family.

    Lost and only partially due to sentimental value, I'm one of the seemingly few that loved the finale.

    Modern Family's pilot was great, I'm surprised they didn't pick a different episode though.

    The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien because there won't be a next time obviously, next time.

    Oh and nice Scott Pilgrim reference.

  2. Mad Men deserves to win if possible.

    Lost should get some for sentimental value, I hope.

    Parks and Recreation is easily the biggest snub. They really found their place last year and I would even say they have the best cast on television.

    I really wanna see Kristen Wiig win, she's easily one of the funniest women to ever grace the Earth.

    Great Scott Pilgrim reference.

  3. @TheBestCaptainK,
    I have to admit, my current TV nerd shame is that I am behind on Parks and Rec. I was fairly unimpressed with the first few Season 1 episodes so I didn't follow up with it in Season 2. But you're not alone in your opinion that Season 2 was a massive upturn for the program, every critic I read – and a few people I know – claim it is now among TV's best. With all the buzz surrounding it, I was definitely surprised that only Poehler snagged a nod, I was sure that at least Nick Offerman would also be mentioned (I believe he was even nominated at the Television Critics Awards).

    I'd love to see a Jim Parsons win as well, but the (apparently) mighty Tony Shalhoub often comes out on top. I'm sure Monk is a fantastic show once you get to know it (my Gran loves it!) but he's robbed many of my fav actors (Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, and Alec Baldwin's 1st season on 30 Rock) of their moment in the sun. I don't see why this year would be any different. *pessimism* :-O

    I would totally be for a Ty Burrell win as well! His season of work on Modern Family was astounding. It's always tricky for me to try and pick who the voters will respond to from ensemble cast nominations – some people were even speculating this year that Jesse Tyler Ferguson's episode submission (I can't think of the title, the one where there's a bird in the house) may have helped Eric Stonestreet more than it did Ferguson. Really, the entire cast of that show is phenomenal and I'd feel bad voting against any of them, thus I think an ensemble category should be added.

    Kristen Wiig is one of my favorite people ever. I wish they still had the “Individual Performance in a Variety, Music or Comedy Series” category (where SNL peeps, talk show hosts & awards show hosts used to go) because the Supporting Comedy categories are always so jam-packed and competitive.

    I agree, Modern Family's pilot was awesome (it got me to keep watching the show, obviously!) but they had much better episodes within the course of the season. I guess pilots get submitted/nominated more frequently because they are the most accessible to people who are not familiar with the show.

    RIP Tonight Show with Coco. 😦

    And yay, you win the prize for getting the Scott Pilgrim reference! I didn't know if any of the other 2 or 3 people that read this (lol) would get it or not, so I mainly put that there for my own enjoyment. 😉

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. Honestly, as much as I love “Mad Men,” I am rooting for “Breaking Bad.” I got into the latter series much more, and now my interest has sadly kind of dwindled. (I know! 😦 Horrible of me.)

    I have to admit, I have been extremely lame on watching “Modern Family,” so I can't really comment. I keep hearing wonderful things about the show though.

    The snubs of “Community,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “Party Down” are very criminal. I don't understand why at all. Is it my obliviousness and lack of knowledge of the intricacies of the politics of the Emmys? I am 99% sure of that.

    “While my darling 30 Rock has previously been undefeated in this category, I'm sad-ish to say I think that streak may be ending.”

    DON'T SAY THAT! While “The Office” is my favorite TV show (I dare say ever), I am keeping my hopes up for “30 Rock.” You are so correct about “Glee,” but that is no surprise. We bashed it on Twitter enough, with some squee moments. (I feel no shame!)

    I personally think that those that nominated Matthew Morrison were high. 😛

  5. @Maurissa,

    Yay! Thanks for commenting, girlie! 😀

    Time for me to be TV-nerd-shamed once again: I have yet to take on “Breaking Bad.” :-O I know it's supposed to be amazing, I don't know why I haven't gotten to it yet. But I'd be cool with it if it won, I know a lot of people were head over heels in love with the season that just ended.

    “Modern Family” is definitely a show you should catch up (I think the DVDs come out in a few weeks). It's very funny, very touching and very consistent, which I think is an underrated yet important quality in a series. It definitely deserves its nominations.

    The Emmys are totally a popularity contest, but they've taken measures in the past few years to try and remedy that so that lesser known shows/actors get their due (which is probably how basic cable shows like “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad” have been able to sneak in, or why the “Friday Night Lights” crew is finally getting nods). I'm going to assume that “Parks & Rec” and maybe even “Community” were on the short lists for nods and just missed getting nominations. (Sadly, I think “Party Down” might have just been a little too under the radar to get noticed. 😦 )

    I'd love 30 Rock to keep the streak alive too, girlie! I'm never opposed to hearing a Tina Fey acceptance speech. 😉

    I'm surprised “Glee” didn't pick up more nominations for the Madonna episode! That was seriously the best (and most competent) episode they've had thus far! It's deserving of SOME things (like Jane Lynch's category, possibly Chris Colfer's) but if it sweeps or anything, I might have to cut some people.

    And I have no idea what is up with the Matthew Morrison nomination. Drugs MUST have been involved. How else could the academy have sat through “The Thong Song” and taken it seriously?! :-p (That is seriously the episode he submitted. HE RAPS TWICE IN THAT EPISODE. IT'S HORRIFIC AND HE CLEARLY DID NOT WANT TO WIN. OMG IT BLOWS MY MIND!!!!)

  6. I'm gonna give “Lost” the nod for Best Drama despite the number of infuriating episodes as the season closed, mainly because the series finale was so cathartic. It's one of those sad/happy feelings that one can only express when they've reached the end of a journey. Anyone today could sit down and watch the entire show as a marathon for the first time and be impressed, but having been there for six whole years… it was the finale I not only WANTED but NEEDED. And “Damages” not getting a nod for its best season (minus the reveal of who was behind the wheel of Tom's car) is criminal, no pun intended. But at least Martin Short got a nom for his pitch-perfect, impossible-to-gauge Leonard Winstone.

    As for Comedy, “30 Rock” needs to stop winning. I honestly believe that if you've won once, that's it. No more. You've impressed the voters. Congrats. But don't be greedy. I'm saddened that my current favorite sitcom (“P-Rex”) and my favorite cable show (“Weeds”) weren't nominated despite seasons that kept me constantly on my toes, but whatever.

    And as much as I love “Breaking Bad” (I like it twice as much as “Mad Men”), Jon Hamm deserves it this year. His monologue to Peggy in the middle of “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” was one of the most moving deliveries I've ever seen.

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