Here is my personal take on the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year’s Emmy nominations. The focus here is more on the unexpected, because I am always happy to see nods for “Modern Family,” “Mad Men,” and others across the board. My overall impression is that this is a great group of nominations by from voters that recognizes a lot of lesser-known actors and actresses.
The triumphant return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with nods for Larry David, Michael J. Fox and directing.
Getting rid of both an aging “The Office” and a blundering “Glee” almost everywhere.
The love for both Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield in “New Girl.”
Amy Poehler not only nominated for acting but also for writing.
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“Community” getting a well-deserved nod in the writing category (wish they could have more).
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” finally and deservedly getting nominated as Best Variety Series.
A big relief to no longer have Mariska Hargitay on the ballot. And Jeff Probst as well since voters can’t seem to spread the wealth in that category.
All the bids for “Hatfields and McCoys” after very big ratings and a stellar production.
Very happy for Mayim Bialik, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, Bill Hader, Jared Harris, Damian Lewis, Maya Rudolph, and Sarah Paulson earning their first-ever nominations.
The lack of support for “Happy Endings” and “Up All Night,” which could use the boosts right now.
Keeping the declining “30 Rock” in some categories yet dropping their brightest hope from this past season, Jane Krakowski.
A snub for Timothy Olyphant in “Justified” and also for Neal McDonough (who should have submitted in guest and gotten an automatic nod).
“Boardwalk Empire” getting another slot as Best Drama Series.
Kelsey Grammer had a really good chance to win, so it is surprising the voters left him out.
The lack of support for “Appropriate Adult,” “Great Expectations,” and “Page Eight” in the movie categories.
No guest nominations for deserving people like Ellen Barkin, Matt Bomer, Louise Fletcher, Ana Gasteyer, Ricky Gervais, Kathryn Hahn, Chris Messina, Matthew Perry, Carrie Preston, Paul Rudd, and Mykelti Williamson.
No “Parks and Recreation” as Best Comedy Series and Nick Offerman with a major snub again.
Kathy Bates getting yet another chance to add to her Emmy losing streak.
In a very down year for “Dexter,” Michael C. Hall taking away a slot from someone more deserving.
The same goes for Jon Cryer, now stealing away from Johnny Galecki, Joel McHale, or Adam Scott.
While I am happy for a rising star like Lena Dunham getting noticed, the emperor has no clothes when it comes to the unwarranted and overwhelming acclaim this awful show “Girls” is receiving IMO.
Still no support for Harry Shearer in the Voice-Over Performance category.
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