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The Annual Emmy Peevishness

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 19, 2012

OK, I am happy about some things, including the 17 nominations for "Mad Men" and the honors to "Homeland" (including spectacular Claire Danes). You can find all the nominees here.  And, having done the early-riser thing on the West Coast for the nominations a few times, I enjoyed Jimmy Kimmel showing up for the announcement in his pajamas.

That said:

No love for "Community," other than a writing nomination.

Minimal love for "Justified," overlooked in major categories and tossed a guest-drama-actor nod (to Jeremy Davies) and one for art direction.

ABC's "Missing" was allowed to be in the miniseries/movie category (where Ashley Judd got a best-actress nom) EVEN THOUGH IT ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER.

FX's "American Horror Story" was also in movies/minis EVEN THOUGH IT IS DOING A SECOND SEASON. And by being in that category, it was able to rack up 17 nominations, tied with "Mad Men" for the most, which would have been unlikely had it competed against drama series.

My colleague Alan Sepinwall notes the particular bogusness of the movies/mini category overallin his analysis, where "Luther" and "Sherlock" were also nominated (the latter by submitting one installment as a movie). Of the six nominees for best movie/mini, only three -- "Hatfields & McCoys," the fine "Game Change" and the so-so "Hemingway & Gellhorn" (which got Nicole Kidman her first, and deserved, Emmy nom) -- were the real deal The others were "American Horror," "Luther" (which like many Brit series makes few episodes, but still did so for two seasons) and "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia."

 

I love Betty White, OK? But are the Emmys desperate to honor her? This year's kudos include a nomination as best reality-show host (for "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"), bumping Jeff Probst out of a category he has won four straight years.

In a sop to to graybeard wing of the Emmys, Kathy Bates gets nominated as best actress in a drama for "Harry's Law," a canceled series with a largeish but aged audience. Also only deserved if you consider her work as a noble attempt to prop up a bad show.

I am sure I will find more as I dig through the categories. But that's enough for now.

 

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