Seriously, what does Lauren Graham have to do to earn an Emmy nomination? Despite more than two decades in TV and a critically acclaimed starring role in “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007, and then the 2016 Netflix revival), she still hasn’t been recognized by the television academy. This year she had a shot at a nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actress for her multi-episode arc on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but she was left out again. However, it seems like just about everyone else from “Gilmore Girls” was recognized this year instead. Check out the complete list of nominees here.
Graham’s on-screen “Gilmore” daughter Alexis Bledel is up for Best Drama Supporting Actress for “The Handmaid’s Tale” one year after she won in the guest category for her role as a defiant professor-turned-handmaid. And Bledel’s “Gilmore” love interest Milo Ventimiglia is nominated for Best Drama Actor for “This is Us” for the second year in a row.
Then there’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” That Amazon streaming series was created by “Gilmore” mastermind Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is now nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Writing and Best Comedy Directing for her work on the new show. And Alex Borstein, who had a recurring role on “Gilmore Girls,” is nominated for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Maisel” too.
Graham joined “Curb Your Enthusiasm” last season as Bridget, a love interest for Larry David who happened to be a foul-mouthed NBC censor. Though Graham didn’t earn an Emmy bid for the long-running HBO series, the show is nevertheless up for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Actor (Larry David) and twice for Best Comedy Guest Actor (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Bryan Cranston).
So if any TV casting directors are reading this, you should book Graham immediately on “Saturday Night Live” (for which another “Gilmore” alum, Melissa McCarthy, won last year). Or she could join Bledel on “Handmaid’s Tale” as an imperious new aunt. Or she could reunite with Sherman-Palladino for a guest stint on “Mrs. Maisel.” Whatever it takes to right one of the most egregious wrongs in recent Emmy history.