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A Rundown of the 2013 Emmy Nominations and Snubs

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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Let’s see what kind of sh*t-show the Emmy folks have given us this year: First off, no Tatiana Maslany, as expected. “House of Cards,” however, made history as the first Netflix show to be nominated (in several categories, in fact). “Justified” was shut out of all the major categories (including Walton Goggins), as was what I thought was the best show of the year, “Rectify.” But, “Game of Thrones” fans can rejoice, as it’s all over the Emmy map, as is “Mad Men,” expectedly.

Despite a great season, “Boardwalk Empire” seems to have been the loser with “House of Cards” now in the mix (instead of “Downton Abbey,” which has no business on any Emmy list). “The Good Wife” also lost nominations this year, but again, that’s less due to quality of the show, and more to do with the ever increasing competition, as well as the fact that Emmy voters tend to hang on to old shows even during off seasons (see also: “Homeland”). “30 Rock” got all the farewell love this year, while “The Office” was shut out. There was also no love for Max Greenfield or Jake Johnson on “New Girl” with all those “Modern Family” guys crowding the supporting actor comedy category, per usual.

“Newsroom” didn’t get much love (nor was it really expected to), although I’m a bit surprised with the nomination of Jeff Daniels (who took Olyphant’s spot). I’d have preferred to see Sam Waterson in the supporting actor category for “Newsroom” (or even Olivia Munn in the supporting actress category). Meanwhile, Amy Poehler was nominated, but “Parks and Rec” was not, nor was “Community” (although, had it been in Dan Harmon’s sabbatical year, the showrunner may have chewed Chevy Chase’s leg off). But hey! “Big Bang Theory” still gets all the love.

I gotta say, though: All the fun nominees are the guest actor/actress nominations. BERT COOPER. Unfortunately, Goggins was snubbed there, too.

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Best Drama
“House of Cards”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Mad Men”
“Homeland”
“Game of Thrones”

Best Actor — Drama
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “Newsroom”
Damien Lewis, “Homeland”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”

Best Supporting Actor — Drama
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Peter Dinklage — “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Aaron Paul — “Breaking Bad”

Best Supporting Actress — Drama

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Christina Hendrix, “Mad Men”
Christine Baranski, “Good Wife”

Best Actress — Drama
Claire Danes — “Homeland”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Vera Farmiga,”Bates Motel”
Elisabeth Moss — “Mad Men”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abby”

Best Comedy

“Girls,”
“Modern Family,”
“30 Rock,”
“Veep,”
“The Big Bang Theory”
‘“Louie”

Best Actress — Comedy

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best Actor — Comedy

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best Supporting Actress — Comedy

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Miayim Balik, “Big Bang Theory”
Meritt Weaver, “Nurse Jackie”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Best Supporting Actor — Comedy

Bill Hader, “Saturday NIght Live”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Tony Hale, Veep”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”

Best Television Movie or Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Bible”
“Phil Spector”
“Political Animals”
“Top of the Lake”

Lead Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Lead Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

Supporting Actress — TV Movie or Miniseries”

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodward, “Steel Magnolias”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”

Supporting Actor — TV Movie or Miniseries”
James Cromwell, “American Horror Story”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C Herefter”
Peter Mulan, “Top of the Lake”

Variety Show

“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”
“Real Time With Bill Maher”
“Saturday Night Live”

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“Project Runway”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Reality Competition — Host

Tom Bergeron, “Dancing With the Stars”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol”
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”


Best Animated Series
“Kung Fu Panda”
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”
“Bob’s Burgers”
“The Regular Show”

Guest Actress — Drama Series

Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”

Guest Actor — Drama Series

Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men”
Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”
Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”

Guest Actress — Comedy

Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”
Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”

Guest Actor — Comedy

Will Forte, “30 Rock”
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”
Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory”



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  • Maryscott O'Connor

    Robert Morse is not a guest actor. He's part of the cast. That's a bogus nomination.
    I'm looking forward to the day they finally recognise Colbert has surpassed the master.

  • yocean

    Dude, how could you have missed Khaleesi nomination for Best Supporting actress? And she responded in Dothraki!

    http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/emmy...

  • e jerry powell

    Laura Linney got moved to a totally different category with the same character (which I do understand), but she's still gonna get her ass kicked.

  • Clevegal42

    I don't really give a hoot about the Emmy's, but Betty White? Really? I've never seen the show so perhaps I'm missing the greatest televised masterpiece ever, but I highly doubt it. Isn't it just old people playing pranks on people like swapping their potato chips with butterscotch candies and loosening the power supply wires on their friend's Rascals so they never get a full charge and the Rascal dies in the middle of the grocery store? And she deserves an Emmy for that?
    There must be 3 old old old guys on the choosing committee that she banged in 1947 or something and they finally have their chance to get her into the nominations.

  • John W

    Unfortunately when it comes to the Emmys it's extremely hard for newcomers to dislodge incumbents.

    I'm particularly disappointed that Tatiana Maslany didn't get nominated.

    I thought she had generated enough buzz to sway voters but alas no.

    It'll be tough for her. She's not well known. Her show is sci fi. And she's on a network that doesn't get a lot of attention except for Doctor Who.

  • Kay

    126 comments and no one mentioned that Khaleesi was also nominated. Full list:

    OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

    Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

    Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"

    Emilia Clarke, "Game Of Thrones"

    Morena Baccarin, "Homeland"

    Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

    Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"

    Tsk,

  • Falstaff

    Some cat from Downton Abbey instead of Charles Fucking Dance? Why do I bother?

  • Mrcreosote

    I am just going to assume that "The Simpsons" is automatically filled in on the mimeographed sheet the Emmys has been using for the past 20 years. Otherwise the exclusion of Archer is on par with the snubbiest of snubs. Kung Fu Panda however, I've got no excuse for. I don't always wish for painful voter deaths but in this case I'll make an exception.

  • Altius

    I can't get past what a colossal piece of fuckery it is that Tatiana Maslany was not nominated. I'm just going to assume that everything that follows is just as outrageously wrong, and will have nothing to do with the Emmys this year.

    ANGERRRRRR.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hahahah. SNL gets a nomination as Best Variety Show. I don't think so. That's the fake one, right?

  • Maguita NYC

    No matter the disappointment and disbelief (FUCKIN' MODERN FAMILY), I'm surprisingly happy for Bobby Cannavale!

    I mean, if you want to go gangsta crazy, you must go the Bobby Cannavale way.

  • AvaLehra

    First of all, Best Animated Series "Regular Show"....HELLS, YEAH!!!! (Note, I rarely abuse the exclamation mark). Second, Cheyenne Jackson should have been nominated for Supporting Actor - TV Movie or Miniseries for his role of Billy Leatherwood in "Behind the Candelabra." That was the best face acting I've ever seen. Dude had only one line but his facial expressions said IT ALL.

  • Ginger

    I'm really excited that Benedict Cumberbatch got a nom for Parade's End - he and that entire series was perfect - but I'm sad that he's inevitably going to lose to Michael Douglas. The Emmys have gotten so predictable.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Indeed, it was phenomenal miniseries and he certainly deserved a spot among the contenders.

    Though Rebecca Hall's absence was felt as well, "Parede's End" simply wouldn't have worked if it weren't for her.

  • Ginger

    You're right, she should have been nominated as well. It's just that the miniseries, unlike the novel, is told from Tietjens' perspective...Cumby had more heavy lifting to do. I do think Rebecca Hall is good in everything she does, but maybe that's the reason she was left out.

  • Cree83

    Modern Family is just the worst. Everyone talks about Big Bang Theory being a horrible choice. But while BBT isn't really a good show, it routinely produces more laughs than Modern Family, at least when Miayim Balik and Melissa Rauch feature heavily in the plot. Which just goes to show, at least BBT was smart enough to stir things up a few seasons in by adding some talented cast members to the pool. Modern Family has been doing the same tired crap they pulled back in Full House days, just with slightly more sarcasm and a lot more obnoxious stereotypes about gays and latinas.

    To sum up, I'm annoyed that either show was nominated when Parks and Recreation was left out, but the fact that Modern Family not only gets nominated, but also dominates and WINS the awards is what really makes me see red.

  • John G.

    Louie ... Louie ....Louie ... and Louis CK wins the Emmy's.

  • Andrew Jara

    I bet you guys are kicking yourselves for using that orphan black stalker post yesterday instead of today

    Also don't delete my comment! You guys deleted my comment last night cause it disagreed with you! How very emmy of you

  • apsutter

    Can someone take BBT and Modern Family out back and shoot them already? Emmy voters are the worst.

  • janetfaust

    I like both shows, but they're just doing the same things over and over and I agree; they should no longer be nominated.

  • mairimba

    Is Louie the only FX show that has ever been nominated in the big award shows? I'm too lazy (and at work) to do some research on this. I know Katey Sagal won a GG for SOA, but I don't remember anything else.

    Edit: I guess American Horror Story has.

  • And that's probably only because it gets to compete as a miniseries. They have to throw something in so isn't all HBO and PBS.

  • Lemon_Poundcake

    Hey, at least Top of the Lake was nominated!

  • aroorda

    I can't believe any list that values any actor on Downton over Mads as Hannibal. The show has been incredible and its on NBC for chrissakes. I guess it doesn't matter because he wouldn't win (I expect Hamm or Cranston to take that) but still. No supporting actor nod? I call shenanigans.

  • It feels like it's been 10 years since the last season of Downton Abbey aired.

  • toblerone

    SOUTHLAND?
    SOUTHLAND?
    SOUTHLAND?
    SOUTHLAND?
    SOUTHLAND?

    How the F*CK is there not a single nomination for SOUTHLAND?

    NO Michael Cudlitz? WTF EMMY?

    .

  • alannaofdoom

    No Hannibal nominations? Not even a Technical Emmy for production design or cinematography? "RUDE, [Emmy voters]. Shockingly rude!"

  • mairimba

    And I love Jason Bateman with all my heart, but the Gob episodes of AD were the best of the season cause Will Arnett did a flipping fantastic job.

  • dizzylucy

    Like his mother, the Emmy voters don't care for Gob.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Yeah sure, the guy in the $5,000 suit gets snubbed for an emmy.

  • aroorda

    I mean COME ON!

  • mairimba

    Stupid, forgetful Emmys.

  • lowercase_ryan

    No Jeff Probst? Did he have his number retired or something? Also, Off their rockers is a competition?

  • Maguita NYC

    This might be the heatstroke talking, but I believe he did... Didn't he say something in regard to not submitting his name to the Emmys anymore after last year?... Or was that Oprah.

    Damn it is hot today!

  • lowercase_ryan

    ok that makes much more sense than him not getting nominated.

    But I still have anger.

    Reality Competition Host - Betty White??????????????????

    Phil Keoghan better have not submitted his name either or I will have to break Betty's hip.

  • Maguita NYC

    Dude, I was wondering where Phil was!?? Although I haven't watched Amazing Race in a while (reel fatigue), I always thought he was classy, funny and never exaggerated the moment. Just gave it proper amount of respect.

    On the other hand, THANK F-CK DONALD TRUMP wasn't nominated.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I love Phil to death. Dude sincerely loves travel and believes in the importance of seeing the world. But you're absolutely right, we should count our blessings that Trump wasn't mentioned. Mother of God, I can't imagine how insufferable he would get after that.

  • Maguita NYC

    Ah yes, Trump whose hair was born on a lion’s ass in Kenya, would have been insufferable indeed.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Carrie Preston deserves this sooooo much.

  • lowercase_ryan

    How many hillbilly dicks does Mike O'Malley have to suck to get an Emmy nomination?

  • koko temur

    the fact that you got not one downvote from a person who didnt get the refrence is a testament to our greatness

  • lowercase_ryan

    that's a great way to look at it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Apparently not enough.

  • kimk

    I know there was not a chance in hell of it getting any nominations, but still would have been nice to see "Rectify" get some love, by far the outstanding drama (or mini series, or whatever you want to call it) of the year for me. Especially Aden Young. Nice to see "Top of the Lake" included, though.

    Otherwise, meh, mostly the usual suspects, especially in the comedy category. I sort of get the inclusion of "The Big Bang Theory" because it is such a huge hit, but is the Academy still under the impression that they being "progressive" with all the "Modern Family" nominations? Because...no.

  • emmalita

    Is Rectify eligible for this year's nominations?

  • kimk

    IIRC (my late father was in the Academy, and I would sometimes "assist" him with the voting) it usually goes through the end of May or early June (I think "Rectify" aired most of its episodes in May?). But maybe there is another reason it didn't qualify?

  • emmalita

    I was wondering about the time frame. I really don't know how the process works. Of course, they seem to just pull it out of their asses, so the better question would be, is there a process?

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • kimk

    Aww, thanks, this is the first year of emmys without him so a little sad time. BTW, I got curious - last day of eligibility was 5/31/13, so "Rectify" would have been eligible.

  • mairimba

    Last year New Girl was nominated and I believe it had only aired a few episodes by the time the nominations were announced. So I'm not sure this could be the reason.

  • guest

    new girl wasnt nominated last year and it had aired the entire first season when the nominations came out that summer

  • mairimba

    It had five nominations in 2012, including one for Zooey and one for Max Greenfield.

  • Gabs

    I just want Jane Krakowski to win. I know the Emmy's mean nada, but I love Jenna so much.

  • AudioSuede

    You guys. Will Forte now has an Emmy nomination. There is at least SOME justice in this universe.

  • SnowMan

    How, exactly, is "American Horror Story" a mini-series?

    There were 13 episodes of that show-- the same number as "Mad Men," 3 more than "Game of Thrones," 5! more than "Breaking Bad."

  • SnowMan

    (Oops. Sorry for the errant exclamation point. Apparently the number 5 gets me really excited!)

    @c708405e6fd4ac2356a135f723d9c396:disqus, yeah, I get that, but that still feels like slippery logic to me, allowing Emmy voters to shoehorn nominations for a favorite show in when there wouldn't be enough room in the regular categories.
    By that logic, shouldn't the first season of any show be considered a mini-series until the second season has aired, proving that it wasn't a one-off? (Yes, I'm being facetious here, but only a little...)

  • cruzzercruz

    Because each season is a complete story, unrelated to the prior. There's only been two, but that seems to be their plan.

  • Theodora K Mullins

    I think Tatiana Maslany should have gotten a nom for Lead Actress AND Supporting Actress. Per usual I'm most annoyed by the Supporting Actor in a Comedy, it was the year of Nick in my opinion( he's been turning lemonade into lemons since 1981 goddamnit!!).

  • lowercase_ryan

    Vera fucking Farmiga??

    cue the "but she was really good!" She wasn't that good.

  • Brian Martin

    No Justified...No Rectify...NO HANNIBAL!!!???!!! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • What a mess. Nice to see AHS: Asylum got some love but they went overboard. Leaving it at Lange and Paulsen would have been fine in the acting noms. Not sure how you nominate Diane Rigg but not also Charles Dance on Thrones. If this is for season 3 Dinklage didn't deserve a nom either, Tyrion was largely downplayed this season. Charlie Hunnam should have been up there for Sons of Anarchy, he did great work last season. And Justified was freaking outstanding; Olyphant, Goggins, and Joelle Carter should have been in there with Ron Eldard as Best Supporting. Listing Girls as best comedy is ridiculous, that show veered heavy in to drama this year and the quality took a massive hit. Once again another Emmy ceremony worth ignoring.

  • AHS has the advantage of competing in the less congested movie/miniseries category so I'm fine with it getting more nominations than it may seem to warrant.

  • ed newman

    Mike McCarthy deserved a guest star nom for Justifed this year as well.

  • mairimba

    More misses than hits. I'm happy there's a lot of love for Elisabeth Moss and Louis C.K. though. And at least Childrens Hospital and Bob's Burger got some recognition.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I would love to have seen Peter Mullan on the supporting list.

  • mairimba

    He did get a nom. Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie.

  • Slim

    This is a small bit of salve on the Emmy wound. Peter Mulan tore it up, in my opinion. Thought Elisabeth deserving too, but I think Peter made the show.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Best villain I've seen in a long time.

  • lowercase_ryan

    AHHHH!!! I missed it, than you! ok I feel a little better now.

  • ZizoAH

    Eric Stonestreet is the only Modern Family actor that wasn't nominated, no Fizbo episode this year.

    The fact that Connie Britton is nominated and Hayden Panettiere not, just proves that the voters don't watch the show.

    The fact that Kerry Washington is nominated and Julianna Marguiles not, is very funny. It's also a fucking disgrace. (and I like Scandal!)

  • Cree83

    Yeah, I like Kerry Washington, but not on Scandal. It's like she's relying on the exaggerated eyebrow method of acting on the show. I think it must be the fault of the directors because every actor on that show seems to do it. They all look like animated emoticons most of the time.

  • Artemis

    Upvoted for the Hayden Panettiere love, but strongly disagree on Kerry Washington. The show is a soap, but she's fantastic on it. And she's a lot more deserving than either Connie Britton or Michelle Dockery, much as I love those ladies.

  • lowercase_ryan

    None of the above are half as deserving as Tatiana.

  • Mel C.

    Why do the Emmys hate Parks and Rec? And I REALLY wanted Olyphant to get a nomination this year. He was even more superb than ever.

    Also, I love Margo Martindale in general, but I think she was kinda awkward on The Americans. It bums me out that Keri and Matthew didn't get some love.

  • Marijka

    I don't get it. It's not like Parks and Rec is some obscure, hard-to-love sitcom. It's light! It's bright! It's funny and accessible!

  • ljridley

    No love for the regular actresses on GoT? I mean Diana Rigg was great and I'm glad she is nominated, but there are only 5 supporting actress nominations, while the men get 6. They couldn't find their way to nominate Maisie Williams? Lena Headey? Gwendoline Christie? Sophie Turner? Seriously??

  • Erin S

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Emilia Clarke is the 6th female nominee. I'd prefer Sophie or Maisie, but it's someone, right? When you said the women had five and the men had six I had a brief feminist rage flash.

  • ljridley

    Huh. You are right. Our fearless overlord missed her. So feminist rage at Dustin, not the Emmy voters (at least in this case). And I was just going to send him a love letter..

  • Artemis

    My reaction to this list is just "meh". Downton Abby is a joke (a fun one!), and the fact that Hugh Bonneville sleepwalked through last season makes his inclusion particularly egregious. I can't deal with Jeff Daniels, either -- especially when so, so many deserving people are left out of that crazily competitive category.

    Otherwise, these nominations are just predictably boring. Sure, let's nominate Peter Dinklage again (who I love, I really do), even though he had almost nothing to do this season, while Nikolaj Coster-Waldau killed it every week but, having not been previously nominated, is sadly ineligible for future nominations. Let's nominate the entire goddamn cast of Modern Family for the 45th time in a row instead of recognizing a single other ensemble comedy--it's not like Arrested Development (whatever you thought of the new season) had at least 6 actors and actresses who absolutely deserved nominations more than every single person who has ever appeared on MF. And while you're at it, let's give Connie Britton the nomination she should have gotten 5 years ago while continuing the streak of ignoring Emmy Rossum, whose performance on Shameless is second only to Claire Danes among current TV actresses.

    Also, can we talk about how absurd the definition of "guest" has become? Joan Cusack has been in almost every episode of Shameless' three seasons and this past year probably had double the screentime that William H. Macy did, but she's nominated as a guest while he was up for lead. Harry Hamlin was in 8 of Mad Men's 13 episodes this season and probably had more screentime than Christina Hendricks, but he's also up for guest (he was also much better on Shameless than Mad Men, but that's a separate complaint). Also: Dan Bucatinsky? Seriously?? Kerry Washington I'm happy to give you, but Dan Bucatinsky for guest actor in a drama while Ray Stevenson--the only thing that made Dexter watchable last year--was shut out? I can't even.

  • solafidex

    SNUB! Bill Murray should have received a nom for his briefly hilarious guest role on Alpha House!

  • Ruthie O

    Reading this list, I just now realized why I am always disappointed in the Emmy nomination list.

    The Emmy voters clearly do not love television.

    This is not the list of a TV lover. Sure, as pointed out by others, this is not the worst list. There is a lot to celebrate (holla, Amy Poehler). But the inclusion of BBT, Modern Family, and Downton Abbey shows me that the voters are not crazed and devoted to television. Not like many of us, who research new shows, analyze old ones, and marathon series in a single sitting. How could a TV lover not watch new shows to see if anything exciting and fresh is on the air? How could a TV lover be persuaded so heavily by ratings, buzz, and name recognition when determining the list of the best TV shows? Don't get me wrong; I adore Modern Family. The first season was perfection. And even though it is no longer great, I still tune in every week because its reliable and sweet. But the episodes don't hang inside my head for days. I don't quote it to my students, discuss it with my friends, or hungerly see what others have written about it.

    That's what great TV does. It haunts you. It clings to the recesses of your mind. Even great sitcoms that are more traditional, like New Girl, have a way of making us think, talk, and rejoice. I love television. I look forward to watching current television more than reading books-- and I teach and study English. Right now, TV is the most innovative, thought-provoking, and entertaining medium for storytelling. We are in a golden age of television. I know that. You know that. But for some reason, the Emmy voters seem to nominate on name recognition more than anything. Right now, more than ever, the Emmy voters are revealing to the world that they do not have an obsessive admiration for the medium they were assigned to celebrate. And that bugs me.

    (Probably more than it should.)

    /end rant

  • alwaysanswerb
  • space_oddity

    Word. Wish I could give more than a single upvote.

  • Ruthie O

    Thanks! I've been feeling particularly ranty lately. Glad to use my powers for good!

  • lowercase_ryan

    your rants are so polite. By any chance are you Canadian?

  • MelBivDevoe

    Why do I even bother caring? They always snub my faves.

    Connie Britton for Nashville? The hell? I love her but that show doesn't deserve any awards unless they're for the music.

    Bully for Diana Rigg, though. She's fantastic on GoT.

  • It's the "Sorry we didn't nominate you more times for Friday Night Lights" nomination. It took the Emmys awhile to warm up to her but now that they've found her they don't want to do more work to find other actresses to nominate.

  • No Jim Beaver for guest actor in Justified? Fuck the Emmys.

  • Arran

    I searched through the complete nominations PDF, and unless my counting is completely terrible, Louis CK got nine nominations.

    Jesus.

  • e jerry powell

    Because he's that good?

  • Birdie

    Yay for Benedict Cumberbatch! So deserving.

  • Michelle

    I don't hate this list. Yay Amy Poehler! I have to admit, I love me Connie Britton, but I'm not 100% sold on her nomination.

  • DataAngel

    I apparently forgot to watch TV this year.

  • Fredo

    Everyone knows that the Emmys are always 3-5 years behind. I expect they'll nominate Orphan Black or Justified as they enter their final seasons.

  • e jerry powell

    I assume you mean in Best Drama, right? Because there's those two acting Emmys in the last two years.

    But yeah, they're always slow.

  • Sirilicious

    BUt Sons of Anarchy should have been unsnubbed by now, by that rationale. There's a bug in the machine.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oh, look, it's "nominate-every-f*cking-actor-on-Modern-goddamn-Family" time again.

  • Maguita NYC

    It must be because of Sofia Vergara boobs. I see no other reason(s) for the nominations. None.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Me either. The show is fine, and the actors are fine, and those boobs are DAMN fine (with a capital D, or DD as the case may be). But they're telling me that THREE of their male actors beat out Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman? And Jake Johnson (assuming he'd wind up in the Supporting category)?

    Balderdash!

  • Maguita NYC

    I share your outrage. The power of boobs never ceases to amaze me. And somewhat empowers at the oddest moments!

  • koko temur

    you guys, the guest appearences are not included here, but lots of mirth can be found there - michael j fox, nathan lane and carrie preston got love for the good wife, margo martindale for the americans, jane fonda for the newsroom...

    http://m.hitfix.com/news/2013-...

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