August 4, 2010

much belated thoughts on 2010 emmy noms

Since I haven't been writing about many shows lately, why not do a post about almost every show on primetime television? Here are my thoughts on the 2010 Emmy nominations (nearly a month late, but who's counting?).

Programming note: the Emmys will be broadcast on August 29th on NBC. Jimmy Fallon will host. He's no Neil Patrick Harris (last year). I've always liked Jimmy Fallon in sort of an indefinable way. I like SNL, I like the Red Sox, he seems nice and normal and cute. What's not to like, right? I don't know. I just have no interest in watching his late show. I don't find him that funny, and he always seems just a little too awestruck by all of his guests. It borders on disingenuous. Am I alone in this? I wish he had stayed out of the hosting game and just played the funny, lovable best friend in comedies for the rest of his life.

Anyway, on to the nominations...

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock has won for the last three (maybe four?) years. Time for some new blood, and that new blood is Modern Family! The best comedy BY FAR last season. I can't wait for it to come back. Glad to see Glee get a nod, although I still have trouble seeing them in the straight comedy category.

Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
Glee, FOX
Modern Family, ABC
Nurse Jackie, Showtime
The Office, NBC
30 Rock, NBC (won last 3 years)

Outstanding Drama Series
I'm happy with all of the nominations in this category - a good variety that shows the strengths of both cable and network dramas this year. Not a surprise, but I'm happy to see Lost get some recognition for its final season. I wouldn't even mind a win even though I'm pretty sure that won't happen. Mad Men is likely to get a third consecutive trophy, and I can't argue with that.

Breaking Bad, AMC
Dexter, Showtime
The Good Wife, CBS
Lost, ABC
Mad Men, AMC (won last 2 years)
True Blood, HBO

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
I hate to say it, but I think it's time to end the reign of Jack Donaghy. I can't even remember the last non-Baldwin that won in this category. Steve Carell has never won - perhaps the recent press around his expiring contract will inspire some votes. He completely deserves it. Obvious props to the amazing Jim Parsons, but he has plenty of time to collect some trophies. And I don't think Schuester deserves it over any of these guys yet - with the exception of Monk, who just won't GO AWAY.

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David as Himself, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester, Glee
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk, Monk
Steve Carell as Michael Scott, The Office
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock (won last 2 years)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Bryan Cranston as Walter White, Breaking Bad (won last 2 years)
Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, Dexter
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor, Friday Night Lights
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, House
Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard, Lost
Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lea Michele gives a Broadway-worthy performance every week, and it will probably go to one of the Showtime ladies, but I wouldn't mind a nod to Amy Poehler for a superior second season of Parks & Rec.

Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell, Old Christine
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, 30 Rock
Toni Collette as Tara Gregson, United States Of Tara (won last year)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, The Closer
Glenn Close as Patty Hewes, Damages (won last 2 years)
Connie Britton as Tami Taylor, Friday Night Lights
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, The Good Wife
Mariska Hargitay as Det. Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones as Betty Draper, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
SO happy to see a much-deserved nod to Chris Colfer. I find it impossible to choose between the men of Modern Family (leaning a little toward Ty), so I'll pick NPH. Please give him a trophy before HIMYM officially goes down the tubes (who still says that and what does it even mean?).

Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Glee
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Modern Family
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
Jon Cryer as Alan Harper, Two And A Half Men (won last year)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Tough one! I hope Andre Braugher's nomination brings more eyes to Men of a Certain Age. That show is really so good. I wouldn't mind a repeat trophy for Michael Emerson one bit. As much as I love everything that comes out of John Slattery's mouth on Mad Men, but I don't think you can compare his work to that of Terry O'Quinn. He could use some credit for sure.

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad
Martin Short as Leonard Winstone, Damages
Terry O'Quinn as John Locke, Lost
Michael Emerson as Ben Linus, Lost (won last year)
John Slattery as Roger Sterling, Mad Men
Andre Braugher as Owen, Men Of A Certain Age

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
I love me some Sofia Vergara, whose comedic hops may go overlooked on Modern Family. Gloria is perfection. But my heart belongs to Sue Sylvester on this one. Also, does Two and a Half Men have naked pictures of the entire voting pool?

Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, Glee
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig as Various Characters, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, 30 Rock
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper, Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Great to see some recognition for a USA show that isn't Monk. I like all of the ladies from The Good Wife and Mad Men, but I think Elisabeth Moss is most deserving this year. Amazing performances from her last season.

Sharon Gless as Madeline Westen, Burn Notice
Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons, Damages
Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Mad Men

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
Stick it to 'em Conan.

The Colbert Report, Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central (won last 2 years)
Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO
Saturday Night Live, NBC
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien, NBC

Outstanding Reality Program
I'm consistently amused by Antiques Roadshow always getting nominated and relieved that Housewives are nowhere on this list. Kathy for the win.

Antiques Roadshow, PBS
Dirty Jobs, Discovery Channel
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, ABC
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List, Bravo
MythBusters, Discovery Channel
Undercover Boss, CBS

Outstanding Reality – Competition Program
The Amazing Race has won SEVEN years in a row. Ehh why not? Keep it going.

The Amazing Race, CBS
American Idol, FOX
Dancing With The Stars, ABC
Project Runway, Lifetime
Top Chef, Bravo

Guest Roles
I won't list all of the nominations, but here's who I'd like to see win among the guest actor and actress nominees this year:

Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper, Mad Men
Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke, Lost
Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike O'Malley as Burt Hummel, Glee
Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes, Glee


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