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The Emmys make no sense again

By Rich Heldenfels Published: July 10, 2014

You can look at the nominees here. Hue and cry have already begun: no Tatiana Maslany nomination, for instance, and no love for "The Americans." For that matter, it wasn't a great year for "Downton Abbey" but the Emmy nominations are all over it; I mean, really, Michelle Dockery?

Those of you who still live in a broadcast TV world should look at a category like lead actor in a comedy, where Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" is the only nominee from an over-the-air network.

But as you look over the lists, ask yourself how and why the Emmys make certain calls. Why are Natasha Lyonne and the amazing Uzo Aduba "guest" actresses on "Orange Is the New Black" when they are key to the show (and don't tell it's because they get paid or billed as guests)*? Why, for that matter, is "OITNB" in the comedy category? If "True Detective" is not a minsieries, why is "American Horror Story" one?

The Emmys let shows decide what they are, and what actors' status is, which sometimes makes the path to a win easier ("AHS" as a miniseries dodges the tougher best-drama category) but can also create some challenges. Much talk, for instance, about "True Detective" going into drama even with its closed-end story, since that puts it against the likes of "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" for best series and puts Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey both up as possible roadblocks to another win for Bryan Cranston as best actor. (And what on earth is Jeff Daniels doing in that category?**)

Feel free to add your own ranting.

*I should also have mentioned Laverne Cox. Blanked this morning as I was going through the nominiations quickly before writing three other columns today. My apologies.

**OK, he won the Emmy in this category last year. Wasn't right then, either..

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