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I Mean, Honestly: Whose Dog Did Rhea Seehorn Kill?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 28, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 28, 2020 |


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I follow Rhea Seehorn on Twitter, and I have listened to her on a number of Better Call Saul podcasts over the years, and I have listened to her co-workers speak of her for years in interviews and on podcasts. My immediate take-away is that she is a kind person and wonderful human being who cares deeply about her work, the people with whom she works, and the fans of Better Call Saul, to whom she often expresses her gratitude. By all the accounts, Rhea Seehorn is a hard=working actor and a lovely person.

And so why do Emmy voters hate her? What do they think she has done? With whom are they confusing her? She has no arrest history, she has led a controversy-free career, and so far as I know, she has never killed anyone’s dog. There is no other explanation, then, for why Emmy voters consistently overlook her performance in Better Call Saul, truly one of the consistently best performances of the last decade. It makes no sense, because it’s not as though Emmy voters don’t watch Saul, because the series has four best drama nominations, which is also how many best actor nominations Bob Odenkirk has (although he was inexplicably excluded this year, as well).

Don’t tell me, either, that there were just too many worthy candidates to also include Seehorn, because there are at least two nominees in the Best Actress-Drama category right off the top of my head that Seehorn should have been selected over: Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show and Laura Linney in Ozark. Both were very good in their roles. Neither were nearly as good as Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul. Neither was Emilia Clarke in the final season of Game of Thrones, or Robin Wright in the terrible final season of House of Cards, or Mandy Moore in any season of This Is Us.

There’s really just no good reason at all for consistently excluding Seehorn’s performances. Do you know how many people have to eat shoes or hats this year because of promises critics have made about her chances of being nominated? I alone have to eat three hats, a pair of pumps, and a goddamn boot for dinner tonight, because I underestimated the ignorant, willful blindness of Emmy voters. I mean, honestly: As one of Seehorn’s Saul co-workers asked, do we have to draw you a map?

Np snub at among this year’s otherwise decent Emmy nominations has elicited as much anger, disappointment and rage as that of Rhea Seehorn, and every bit of that anger and rage is earned.


Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.


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