The Leftovers will never receive an Emmy. It was never even nominated. Ever. In all three seasons.
Oh wait, we’re wrong! Ann Dowd was just nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series! Let that sink in. A show that won a Peabody was never recognized by the Television Academy in any category other than Guest Actress. Not for writing or directing. Not for Justin Theroux, or Carrie Coon, or Christopher Eccleston.
But hey — at least Carrie Coon got nominated for Fargo! So before we all start placing bets on who will win this year, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the brilliant shows and performances that were shut out now that we’ve seen the list of nominations for the 2017 Emmy Awards.
Ian McShane: Frankly, we would have been happy with anyone from American Gods getting some love this year, from Pablo Schreiber to Gillian Anderson. The show was stacked with surprising performances, but we’re gonna give it to McShane as the biggest disappointment just because the guy was the captivating eye of the storm.
Brockmire: No Hank Azaria, no Amanda Peet. #sad
Legion: I don’t know if it should have been for Dan Stevens, for the incredible direction, or even for Jemaine Clement. But damn, I feel like that show deserved SOMETHING, you know?
Aubrey Plaza: Oh wait! I do know who should have been recognized in Legion! You know what, out of everything else, this one might hurt me the most. You’re nominated in my heart, Plaza.
Girls: Sure, their guest stars were nominated. But in their final run of episodes, one that saw Lena Dunham and co. grapple with adulthood and even parenthood, none of the main cast were recognized. The show was never my thing, but it sort of defined a moment… and now it’s gone.
Atlanta: Stoked for Donald Glover, but kinda wish any of the supporting cast got some love (Brian Tyree Henry? Zazie Beetz? No?).
Seth Meyers: Really, Emmys? REALLY? Real Time with Bill Maher got a nomination for Outstanding Variety Talk Series but not Late Night with Seth Meyers? Somewhere Amy Poehler is staring incredulously at you. For shame.
Black-ish, “Lemons”: The episode that got America talking. The episode tackling Trump’s presidential win, written and directed by showrunner Kenya Barris. Shut out from the comedy writing category. I’m not saying the episodes that WERE nominated aren’t deserving, but do we need two episodes each of Atlanta and Veep? I mean, it’s all a bit of a Sophie’s choice but still. Goddammit.
Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens: Don’t you fucking judge me.
Gina Gershon: Look, I love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and while I’m used to seeing Andre Braugher and co. get snubbed, I kind of feel like nominating a bunch of SNL hosts as guest actors is taking away from some truly great guest performances in comedy. So here’s one for you, Gershon. But you gotta share it with Craig Robinson’s Pontiac Bandit, because that two-parter this year was excellent.
Scott Bakula: What? His guest turn on It’s Always Sunny was fantastic.