Emmy nominations: Chris Beachum’s good, bad and ugly

GOOD
Even though it was expected, I loved the nomination for Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory“). We need to keep banging the drum to remind voters that he has NEVER won an Emmy.

Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“) gave a wonderful performance, and the pilot episode has enough showy, wordy scenes that he might upset for the actual win.

Loved all the new names in the Best Drama Actress category, especially Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal“).

Other very worthy first-time Emmy nominees: Morena Baccarin (“Homeland“), Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men“), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones“), Will Forte (“30 Rock“), Tony Hale (“Veep“), Harry Hamlin (“Mad Men“), Toby Jones (“The Girl“), and Carrie Preston (“The Good Wife”).

The two Jimmy’s up for Best Variety Series: Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.

I was glad to see the voters mostly moving on from the overly-praised “Boardwalk Empire.”

BAD
It just doesn’t seem right to have an Emmy ceremony without Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife“).

Very worthy contenders who didn’t make the cut: Elizabeth Banks and Matthew Broderick (“Modern Family“), Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg (“The Big Bang Theory“), Martin Short (“Saturday Night Live“), Corey Stoll (“House of Cards“), and Sam Waterston (“The Newsroom”).

It now seems to be expected, but “Parks and Recreation” just isn’t loved by Emmy voters, save for star Amy Poehler.

Bringing “Glee” back to the Emmys (Jane Lynch, Dot-Marie Jones, directing).

I love Robert Morse and his career, but what has he done on “Mad Men” to deserve this?

UGLY
The lack of nominations for “Arrested Development” is the single greatest oversight this year, especially for Will Arnett (who was also snubbed for “30 Rock“) and Jessica Walter.

My two favorite dramas this season were “Justified” and “The Americans,” and both shows were almost completely neglected. Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Jim Beaver, and Mike OMalley were all incredibly deserving.

My heart breaks for Monica Potter (“Parenthood“), who gave one of the best performances on all of televison this past season.

The complete abandonment of “New Girl” with snubs of Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, and Max Greenfield.
 

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2 thoughts on “Emmy nominations: Chris Beachum’s good, bad and ugly

  1. The Mike O’Malley oversight on “Justified” bothers me. I’m convinced that Timothy Olyphant will never get a nomination, despite his outstanding work on the series, but supporting actors have had some Emmy success. I thought O’Malley’s performance was truly outstanding (and I enjoyed his discussion with you about his approach to the character).

    Here’s hoping Bob Newhart doesn’t go home empty handed; his performance on “Big Bang Theory” was comic genius.

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