Emmy ballot shockers: Where are Michael J. Fox, Matthew Morrison, Stockard Channing?

With today’s release of the Television Academy’s 2014 Emmy Awards ballots, many shocking omissions and changes are among the entries. 

Five-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox is not submitted for “The Good Wife.” His guest role as attorney Louis Canning has earned him three consecutive nominations, but he will not compete this year. However, he is eligible for his lead role on the canceled NBC comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show.”

The CBS legal drama has other curious non-submissions: two-time Emmy winner Stockard Channing (who plays the mother of Julianna Margulies) and Hunter Parrish (the young man who became unhinged and murdered Josh Charles) are not on the ballot. Co-star Alan Cumming, who was nominated as a guest in 2010 and a supporting player in 2011, is not submitted either.

Other surprising omissions on the dramatic side include guest stars Glenn Fleshler (“True Detective“), Robert Forster (“Breaking Bad“), Cynthia Nixon (“Hannibal“), and Jimmy Smits (“Sons of Anarchy“), plus supporting actor Laurence Fishburne (“Hannibal”).

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Although “Glee” has been declining in Emmy importance in recent years, it is startling to find Matthew Morrison no longer among the candidates. Many of the other cast members (Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Dot-Marie Jones, etc.) remain on the ballot.

Freshman CBS program “The Millers” from Emmy champs Greg Garcia and James Burrows is not submitted as Best Comedy Series. However, most of the regular cast members (Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges) are eligible.

Among comedy performers, we expected entries from Brooke Elliott (“Drop Dead Diva“), Sarah Michelle Gellar (“The Crazy Ones“), Cloris Leachman (“Raising Hope“), and Rebel Wilson (“Super Fun Night“), but none are on the ballot for those roles.

Note: Omissions from the ballot are not the fault of the Emmys. TV networks, production companies or individuals may choose not to enter because they don’t believe they have a chance of being nominated or else they don’t want to pay the entry fees — or both.

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Gold Derby had already uncovered many of the other interesting ballot items weeks ago (see separate network links above). They included “True Detective” competing in the drama categories instead of miniseries, “Shameless” sliding into the comedy categories after several years as a drama, and Damian Lewis (“Homeland“) remaining as a lead actor even with diminished screentime.

Other noteworthy items noted on the ballot: Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel“) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”) leap to the lead categories after missing out in supporting last year; Brendan Coyle and Laura Carmichael are submitted by “Downton Abbey” after previously being left off the ballot.

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