My First Thoughts on the Emmy Nominations...
I think I can hear a lot of happy TV critics jumping up and down and screaming right now…
The main categories for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were just announced and there are some pretty big surprises. I missed a few of them since the live stream locked up on me—as it always does—but here’s what I got….
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
The critics got what they wanted with Friday Night Lights, but it looks like that vague ending killed “The Killing”s chances. Some were also hoping for “The Walking Dead” and “Justified” as well. Remember that “Breaking Bad” was ineligible because it did not air during the Emmy period.
Lead Actress, Drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order SVU
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men
Again, “FNL” got the love and the ending did not hurt Enos. No surprise the Emmys would go with Bates since they love to nominate her for stuff. But where is Golden Globe winner Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") or Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")?
Lead Actor, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
The press in the room cheered loudest for Olyphant, but they were pretty stoked for Chandler, as am I, even though I never watched “Lights.”
Lead Actress, Comedy
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Congrats to McCarthy, who was stunned to hear Joshua Jackson read her name this morning. The critics will hate that one, but they will love Plimpton. But what does Courteney Cox have to do to get some Emmy love? Notice the absence of anyone from “Glee.”
Lead Actor, Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Louis C.K., Louie
Steve Carell, The Office
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
This is where it gets interesting. Galecki and Parsons battling it out in the same category? Louis C.K.? But congrats to LeBlanc. He earned that one. Again, notice the absence of anyone from “Glee.”
The Big Bang Theory
Parks & Recreation
That’s actually a pretty good list, I think.
The Movie and Mini-Series categories is when my feed froze, but I did get to see “The Kennedys” get nominated for Outstanding Movie or Mini-Series. Although I didn’t think it was very good, I’m thrilled for Joel Surnow because of all the crap he went through to get that thing on the air.
I’ll have much more once I get a good look at the whole list. In the meantime, feel free to comment on these major categories now…