First the good news: Fan favorites like FX’s Justified, HBO’s Game of Thrones, and NBC’s Friday Night Lights got some TV Academy love alongside usual nomination hogs like AMC’s Mad Men and ABC’s Modern Family.
But then there’s this:
— AMC’s The Walking Dead. Remember? Took a B-movie topic and delivered a show that played like high art.
— Also: True Blood, again. We have to keep checking with HBO to make sure it’s eligible because we NEVER understand why this crowd pleaser — and superior actors like Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer — are ignored. It did get four nominations, for best craft services food or something (we’re kidding, but you get our resentment).
— Perhaps AMC’s The Killing should have been nominated for drama series. Better yet: How about we make the producers think they’re going to get nominated, then not reveal the list of nominations until next year?
— No Lea Michele? Hmm.
— Critics will get very upset about Treme not being nominated. We started to get upset, then were interrupted by a trumpet solo.
–Sons of Anarchy. Yesterday, Creator Kurt Sutter tweeted: “If we get any Emmy noms I’ll tattoo EMMYS RULE on my a**.” Sutter, can I be there when you get it?? (That’s from Lynette though, not James)
— Kyra Sedgwick won the drama actress for TNT’s The Closer last year and was not nominated. But we’re not that broken up about it.
— It’s not exactly a timely snub, but the nomination for Walton Goggins for Justified feels about three years too late. For years, Goggins was egregiously overlooked for his work on FX’s woefully underrated drama The Shield. Better late than never, Emmy voters.
— Ray Romano. We love that Andre Braugher — a favorite with Emmy voters — earned his second nom for Men of a Certain Age, but isn’t it about time the golden girl notices Romano’s under-stated but disarmingly moving depiction of a middle-aged divorcée?
— Fringe. Emmy voters, not sure you know this, but three years ago J.J. Abrams rustled up a great bunch of writers and created one of the best sci-fi dramas since The X-Files. Can we encourage you to Netflix it sometime this decade?
— Desperate Housewives. My, how far those ladies have fallen. The show only earned one nomination — for outstanding voiceover. The only actor nominated is the one we don’t see.
— Neil Patrick Harris. Keep on hosting those Tonys, dude, and getting lots of attention for it, because you’re more apt to get a golden statue for that gig than How I Met Your Mother.
–Chuck Lorre. His writing was good enough to earn nods for Jon Cryer and Melissa McCarthy, but not good enough to get a writing nomination?
2011 Emmy Nominations List