Emmy nominations: Charles Bright’s good, bad and ugly

GOOD
 We have real races for Best Drama and Comedy Series. With well rounded batches of nominations for “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men,” “House of Cards,” “30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” “Girls” and “Louie,” this should be a fun year for top categories.

Netflix has proven that it can compete with the establishment by netting 14 nominations,  including Best Drama and Lead Actor and Actress for “House of Cards.” This shows promise for campaigns the streaming service may launch for future original programming.

With eight nominations, “Top of the Lake” made good showing, including Elisabeth Moss, Peter Mullan and co-writer/director Jane Campion.

Bill Maher not only scored two nominations for “Real Time” (adding to his record as Emmy’s biggest loser) but also scored a third nomination as executive producer of “Vice” in the Documentary/Non-Fiction Series category. It’s the chance for Maher to lose in an entirely new category!

Tim Gunn getting nominated for “Project Runway” was aces. With the amount of presence he usually has in a standard “Runway” episode, he could claim victory in this category and, in doing so, score a win for Heidi Klum as well.

BAD
Despite getting five nominations (including writing and directing), HBO’s stellar yet disturbing documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” did not score a nomination for Documentary/Non-Fiction Special. The story of sexual abuse at a Catholic school for the deaf has more nods than four of the five nominees that made it in to that category.

Despite having a lot of buzz, “New Girl” was absolutely shut out of this year’s nominations. Not even repeat bids for Zooey Deschanel or Max Greenfield.

Betty White scoring another nomination as host of the widely panned “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”

We may have been gossiping a lot about its possibilities, but sadly “The Americans” got hardly any love this morning. Only a guest nod for Margo Martindale and Nathan W. Barr‘s opening theme music

UGLY
Arrested Development” only getting three nods was a travesty. The reception to the re-launch of this past winner of Best Comedy Series was not stellar, but it still received positive reviews after viewers stuck with it for a couple of episodes. The snub for Best Comedy was bad enough, but no nominations for Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Liza Minnelli or Jessica Walter is a real shame. Had Walter been nominated and submitted “Queen B.” to the voters, she would have been an early favorite in the Comedy Supporting Actress race.

Looks like I’m going to have to eat crow over my “bold” prediction that Patton Oswalt would win the prize for Comedy Guest Actor for “Parks and Recreation.” I honestly thought that Oswalt would be able to pick up a nod because of his unedited monologue going viral on YouTube. Unfortunately, I was extremely wrong about that and now will receive the verbal thrashings from all you users that I admittedly deserve.

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