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Emmy Thoughts

By admin Published: July 8, 2010

You've seen the lists. You should also take a look at Alan Sepinwall's column here. Not only is Alan a friend (and a smart TV critic) but he offers a good overview with Emmys pluses and minuses, as well as speaking passionately for the "Sons of Anarchy" crowd -- since I don't watch the show often enough to comment.

As for my personal reactions, glad to see recognition for "Glee," "Friday Night Lights," "Mad Men," "Modern Family" and "The Pacific."

And "Friday Night Lights'" getting some love may be my favorite thing, especially since both Kyle Chandler (Eric) and Connie Britton (Tami) were nominated after years of being unfairly overlooked. It was also nominated for writing (for "The Son" episode, which was quite powerful) and casting. Still, it should also have gotten a best-drama nomination; I would have dumped "True Blood" in favor of it, or "The Good Wife," although I like "Good Wife," just not as much as "FNL."
"The Pacific" -- top nom-getter with 24 -- also demonstrates how poorly the miniseries fares as a form; there were only two nominations for best mini, and the TV academy needs to think about whether it's time to retool.

Re "Glee," very glad to see the nomination for Mike O'Malley as guest actor; he did terrific work as Kurt's father (and Chris Colfer, who played Kurt, is also nominated, as supporting actor). Am rather less pleased with Lea Michele (Rachel) setting herself apart from the other performers playing students by going for (and getting) a lead-actress nomination. Matthew Morrison for lead actor, and Jane Lynch for supporting actress, make more sense to me. And Kristin Chenoweth, yay! Neil Patrick Harris? Not for this show.

No Ed O'Neill for "Modern Family"? Show did well overall, but with five acting nominations, O'Neill should have gotten one, too. The ghost of Al Bundy, I suspect. ("Sons of Anarchy" fans -- see Sepinwall, above -- note that Peg Bundy, the marvelous Katey Sagal, was also overlooked for "Sons.") But,. especially in the context of lead/not-lead issues involving "Glee," I admire the cast of "Modern Family" for all going into the supporting-actor categories. And no complaints for the noms for Julie Bowen (Claire), Sofia Vergara (Gloria, and I forgive her struggle with nominees' names this morning), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) and especially Ty Burrell (Phil).

"30 Rock" gets 15 nominations, "The Office" gets four (including best comedy) but "Community" is locked out? This is one of those cases where the academy nominators should be required to watch at least two-thirds of a season of a show before voting on it; none of this selected-episode stuff. "Community" was consistently funnier, more engaging and often delightfully weirder than either "30 Rock" or "The Office," both of which were sub-par this season.

More happy talk: Terry O'Quinn (Locke/Smokey) and Michael Emerson (Ben) for "Lost" -- and wishing they could share an award -- and Archie Panjabi (Kalinda) for "The Good Wife"; "Amazing Race" for reality competition, which it has won for seven straight years, although I would have put "So You Think You Can Dance" in over "American Idol."

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