Emmy nominations: Rob Licuria’s good, bad and ugly

What a pleasure it is to see so many great new faces this year, especially in the supporting categories. So, welcome to Emmy’s Class of 2013, Morena Baccarin (“Homeland“), Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones“), Adam Driver (“Girls“), and Tony Hale (“Veep“).

Louis C.K., Emmy loves you! With nine nominations, he breaks his record from last year, when he received a whopping seven nods. A great achievement, to go along with his show “Louie” finally making it into the Comedy Series race. I’m sure they are popping the champagne corks at the FX offices today, at least on the comedy side.

Congrats as well to Elisabeth Moss, who was able to land two lead acting nominations today for both drama (“Mad Men”) and movie/mini (“Top of the Lake”). Similarly, Bobby Cannavale showed his versatility with bids for both drama — supporting for “Boardwalk Empire” — and comedy — guesting on “Nurse Jackie.”

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are nominated for their regular gigs on “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation” and for co-hosting the Golden Globes, which contends for a special class prize. 

Finally, finally, finally – “Breaking Bad” makes a great showing in the Best Drama Writing category. In fact, the show is nominated across the board and appears to have strengthened its chances to finally win the top Drama Series prize. 

Homeland” and “Game of Thrones” both bettered their previous hauls with additional acting nominations. The drama races are going to be very very interesting this year!

On the Creative Arts side, I am happy to see that “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome” made a showing with three nominations (Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Special Visual Effects) and my favourite nomination of the day goes to the hauntingly beautiful main title theme composed by Jeff Beal for “House of Cards.”

No disrespect to one of the greatest TV persoanlities of all time, but Betty White has no business being in the Reality Host category. Although I was happy to see Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn make a joint appearance in the category for “Project Runway,” I would’ve have also liked to see Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”) make it in as well.

Survivor” is the best reality TV show EVER. It is the granddaddy of Reality TV. It needs to return to the Best Reality-Competition Program lineup!

What happened to “Arrested Development”? It fell far short of expectations, in what was supposed to be a big day for Netflix. While “House of Cards” was a welcome addition to some of the high profile drama categories, “Arrested Development,” once a beloved industry darling, didn’t make the cut.

I say this every year, but do Emmy voters get USA Network in their cable packages? “Suits” is one of the most popular, smartest, and classiest shows on TV, and to be continuously snubbed drives me crazy!

OK, so some of the snubs are perhaps understandable. No Tatiana Maslany for “Orphan Black“? OK, so that is a small show that maybe many voters didn’t see. No Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family“)? OK, maybe voters thought he has had his fair share of nominations and awards. But what about these inexcusable crimes against humanity:

No Monica Potter, who arguably gave the best performance in any show last season in “Parenthood”?

No Julianna Margulies, who carries “The Good Wife,” the best show on broadcast TV?

No Shirley MacLaine for her memorable guest role on “Downton Abbey”?#shirley>

No Corey Stoll, who was far and away the best thing about “House of Cards”?

Finally, one of my highlights of last season, FX’s “The Americans,” was inexplicably snubbed in Best Drama Series, as well as for its two leads Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, as well as supporting actor Noah Emmerich. So, only Margo Martindale makes an appearance to carry the torch for this underrated show that only managed to garner two nominations (the other is for its theme music).


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