September 6, 2014 at 6:32 am #332085
I have to admit that I just started watching this show thanks to Netflix. It never interested me simply by its description, but I have to say, I think it is a great show—well written and acted with the kind of plot twists and turns that made Breaking Bad a great watch.
I have to say I am very surprised at the lack of Emmy attention this series has received. Katey Sagal is great—she won the Globe back in 2011.
My question is why do you think the Emmy’s have virtually ignored this show?September 6, 2014 at 7:19 am #332087
If you want to consider the Kurt Sutter Emmy trash talk as a factor, fine. But before that happened, the show still deserved some nominations.
Sometimes I can understand why there’s no Drama Series or Best Actor nominations, but Sagal, writing and directing are a mystery to me.
Katey Sagal winning that Globe doesn’t mean much, honestly. The Globes did a fantastic thing, but it’s one of those typical Globe nominations and wins that looking back make no sense. Nominating an actress they last nominated more than a decade before, for a show they never paid attention to and they never paid attention to again, even to this particular actress who deserved more nominations after her win. They clearly went with the cricital flow for her storyline that year, a weak year for the category and they ended up rewarding her. (see: Monica Potter’s nomination) and in true Globe fashion, never again.
But the Emmys are something else. Katey Sagal when it comes to name, role, show and ratings are the things that the Emmys are made of, for either category. She could’ve stood firm in supporting all those years, it would’ve been a valid category for her and yet they switched her up (I think). Sutter began his rant in 2011 after she failed to get that much deserved nomination and it was all downhill from there. Funny thing is Sutter did end up with a second nomination this year for another song.
They got into Justified for a while, so why not Sons?
I’m amazed by the ratings of the show to be honest, because the public awareness of the show, the lack of coverage it recieves in the media (aside from critics who love the show) and the maybe 15 nominations (?) it might have for all possible awards don’t go along with those ratings. I always have to wonder, who the hell is watching this show? And why are none of those people awards voters.September 6, 2014 at 7:59 am #332088
I don;t think it will ever get Emmy love. A couple of my friends are OBSESSED with this show and know more than I do but apparanty season 2 and 1 were “perfection”.September 6, 2014 at 8:28 am #332089
I think it is ultimately just the central subject matter (biker culture) that turns off a lot of voters. It’s not sexy, it’s not a world you really want a peek into, and the characters of the biker world tend to shift more towards full villain than anti-hero.September 6, 2014 at 11:45 am #332090
I haven’t watched in a few years, but I remember thinking Katey Sagal and Ally Walker were the only part of the cast I considered Emmy worthy.September 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm #332091
Modern western is a bit more Emmy friendly than pulpy biker show with a suspect lead (yeah, I’m one of those that don’t care much for Hunnam on this series). Plus, the year Justified was able to reap a good deal of major nods there were a lot of categories with wide open slots. I really liked the second season of ‘Sons’. I would have definitely given a series nod to that. Sagal’s lack of a nod in those first two seasons is the only snub that semi upsets me. She should have gotten a supporting nod for season one and maybe a lead win for season two.September 6, 2014 at 7:19 pm #332092
Other than the impressive Season 2, I don’t really think anyone or anything besides Sagal from the show has deserved a nomination (Jimmy Smits’ fine guest work, perhaps). The standouts in the supporting cast (Mark Boone Junior, Ryan Hurst, Dayton Callie) were always too under-the-radar or underused to stand a chance or even be top-six worthy come Emmy season.September 7, 2014 at 5:45 pm #332093
It’s deserved nominations and wins for the earlier seasons. Season 2 was the best and a win wouldn’t have been unjustified. I would’ve thrown noms to Charlie Hunnam, Ryan Hurst, Ron Perlman, Adam Arkin and Hal Holbrook over the years. Katey Sagal, of course, should’ve won at least once (seasons 2 and/or 3 preferably), and I wouldn’t have minded seeing Maggie Siff, Jimmy Smits, and Ally Walker winning at some point. But the show began to lose its appeal (Season 5 was the last I watched, which I liked but I was starting to tire quickly on the show) and eventually got too convoluted. And as has been mentioned, Kurt Sutter trashing the Emmy voters really doesn’t help the show’s case. The voters are already not overly inclined to watch/vote for your show, and then when you get snubbed once, you go all hellfire and brimstone on the very people you need support from? Sadly, you can’t blame the voters too much for the lack of Emmy attention (if I was an Emmy voter, I certainly wouldn’t vote for someone who ripped me to shreds in the press).September 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm #332094
Hunnam, Siff, and Perlman never came close to being nomination worthy. They had some fine scenes, but a lot of awful ones too, and just generally never would have made my top 6, or frankly my top 12 in their respective categories.April 17, 2015 at 11:23 pm #332095
FX has mailed to voters the final three episodes. They are submitting four episodes for writing and six for directing (both including the last three), so prepare yourself for another online tirade by Kurt Sutter about being snubbed even though it has been seven years and he still has no idea how to play the game.April 18, 2015 at 12:41 am #332096
I binged the first 6 seasons before the final season aired this year. Like everyone says, Season 2 is the best, and it was the show’s best shot to get some Emmy attention. Besides Season 2 though, the show was way too inconsistent to be deserving of recognition (at least in series). Sagal should have at least been nominated a few times and that’s it in my opinion. Hunnam definitely got better as the show went on, but he was still hit or miss right to the end. Sutter completely lost the ability to structure a plot after Season 2, and he also has no idea how to edit. The last two seasons of the show consist of 75 minute episodes on a fairly regular basis, yet they’re extra minutes that aren’t even needed. There are great performances in the show, but none (except Sagal) that I think are top 6 in their respective category. Besides, it’s not like the Academy is the only group that ignored the show. It didn’t even crack the Top 20 on the end of year Metacritic list from 2010-2014.April 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm #332097
If The Wire got ignored, there is no surprise why the inferior Sons of Anarchy did as well.