After the Oscars, my second favorite awards show is the Emmys. Considering how much television I watch, that probably isn’t much of a surprise.
Rather than talk about what I want to be nominated (apart from Parks and Recreation, Community*, and Happy Endings), I’m going to list what received nominations last year, but I hope won’t be nominated this year:
Glee – For having such a crap season that pretty much went nowhere until the second to last episode only to have that minor victory destroyed by the season finale, Glee doesn’t deserve a nomination. And really, is it a comedy?
The Office – When Michael Scott left, the show was over. Everyone knows it but NBC is so desperate to hold on to the memory of when this show was a success, they are letting it die a slow painful death rather than let it end with dignity. For shame, NBC.
Dexter – Really the only drama that was nominated last year that didn’t deserve it. It’s fine. Sure. But a ghost Adama? Really? Pulpy and sometimes fun, but not best drama material.
Lead Actress in a Comedy:
Laura Linney in The Big C and Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie – They are both amazing actresses and they are both fantastic in their roles…but these are NOT comedies. They are dramas with a comedic spin, and it is unfair to put them into this category. Maybe it’s time for a new category, “dramadey”?
Lead Actor in Comedy:
Jim Parsons in The Big Bang Theory: It’s unfair for me to single him out, but Sheldon is just a little old hat right now. Without Amy Farah Fowler, his character would have become totally predictable this season. He’s great, but maybe Adam Pally instead, hrm?
Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Jane Lynch in Glee: Sue Sylvester was great in Glee‘s first season, but now they don’t know what to do with her. This is no slight against Lynch — she’s great. But Ryan Murphy needs to find another nuance to this character because it’s all gotten too old.
Supporting Actor in a Comedy:
Jon Cryer in Two and a Half Men: No. Just no.
Lead Actress in a Drama:
Mariska Hargitay in Law and Order:SVU : How can you compare a performance like Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife to this tired procedural and its rote situations?
Lead Actor in a Drama:
Michael C. Hall in Dexter: Love the guy, but again, we’ve seen it. (And Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens is just so damned awesome)
Supporting Actress in a Drama:
Michelle Forbes in The Killing: My reasons for this lie directly in my disappointment in the series season 1 finale. It might be unfair, but there you have it.
Supporting Actor in a Drama:
I can’t think of anyone who is eligible and was nominated last year who shouldn’t be nominated this year. Strong strong contenders all.
Variety, Musical or Comedy:
Again, I honestly can’t point to any of these shows and say “You! You are unworthy!” We aren’t seeing Leno showing up anymore, which just goes to show, crap will sink given enough time.
American Idol: Everyone has jumped ship and it’s no surprise. We can only take so many male and female wannabe divas on our TV screens year after year after year.
Host on Reality or Reality Competition:
All I want is Cat Deeley to win. I don’t care who’s nominated as long as she finally wins.
But I guess we’ll find out more tomorrow morning.
*Six seasons and a movie!