Thursday, July 06, 2006

Emmy Nominations: Boring, As Usual

The Emmys tried to shake up its dowdy nominating process and failed completely. Here's a list of the major nominees. Sure, at least they didn't include Lost and Desperate Housewives (big deal, both shows were terrible this season) -- but then they replaced them with even more boring, more obvious choices. Look at the Best Comedy Category: Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Scrubs, Two and a Half Men. As always, they're so predicatable you fall asleep just reading them. Where's My Name Is Earl? Entourage? Everybody Hates Chris? Weeds? Gilmore Girls? (Which wouldn't "deserve" it this year -- it was a weak year -- but has NEVER been nominated.) Include Arrested Development as a snub to Fox for canceling it and you have a list that actually reflects the smart, fun, hot shows people are actually talking about. Drama is just as bad: The Sopranos and The West Wing? The West Wing? Again? I suppose we should only be grateful they didn't include Six Feet Under. But where is Battlestar Galactica and The Closer and Rescue Me? Bryan Cranston is FINALLY nominated for playing the dad on Malcolm in the Middle, which he should have been nominated for and won a good five years ago. And naturally Sean Hayes was nominated AGAIN for Will & Grace because the Academy has absolutely no imagination whatsoever. Alfre Woodard for the ridiculous subplot that ruined this season of Desperate Housewives? Awful, awful, awful.

DRAMA SERIES:
"Grey's Anatomy," ABC
"House," Fox
"The Sopranos," HBO
"24," Fox
"The West Wing," NBC

COMEDY SERIES:
"Arrested Development," Fox
"Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO
"The Office," NBC
"Scrubs," NBC
"Two and a Half Men," CBS

MINISERIES:
"Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)," PBS
"Elizabeth I," HBO "Into the West," TNT "Sleeper Cell," Showtime

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE:
"Flight 93," A&E
"The Flight That Fought Back," Discovery Channel
"The Girl in the Cafe," HBO
"Mrs. Harris," HBO
"Yesterday," HBO

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES:
"The Colbert Report," Comedy Central
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," Comedy Central
"Late Night With Conan O'Brien," NBC
"Late Show With David Letterman," CBS
"Real Time With Bill Maher," HBO

VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SPECIAL:
"78th Annual Academy Awards," ABC
"Bill Maher: I'm Swiss," HBO
"George Carlin: Life Is Worth Losing," HBO
"McCartney in St. Petersburg," A&E
"The XX Olympic Winter Games — Opening Ceremony," NBC

ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
Denis Leary, "Rescue Me," FX Network
Peter Krause, "Six Feet Under," HBO
Kiefer Sutherland, "24," Fox
Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC

ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT
Geena Davis, "Commander in Chief," ABC
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," NBC
Frances Conroy, "Six Feet Under," HBO
Allison Janney, "The West Wing," NBC

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES:
William Shatner, "Boston Legal," ABC
Oliver Platt, "Huff," Showtime
Michael Imperioli, "The Sopranos," HBO
Gregory Itzin, "24," Fox
Alan Alda, "The West Wing," NBC

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES:
Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal," ABC
Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy," ABC
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy," ABC
Blythe Danner, "Huff," Showtime
Jean Smart, "24," Fox

ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO
Kevin James, "The King of Queens," CBS
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk," USA
Steve Carell, "The Office," NBC
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men," CBS

ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback," HBO
Jane Kaczmarek, "Malcolm in the Middle," Fox
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine," CBS
Stockard Channing, "Out of Practice," CBS
Debra Messing, "Will & Grace," NBC

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES:
Will Arnett, "Arrested Development," Fox
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage," HBO
Bryan Cranston, "Malcolm in the Middle," Fox
Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men," CBS
Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace," NBC

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES:
Cheryl Hines, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO
Alfre Woodard, "Desperate Housewives," ABC
Jaime Pressly, "My Name Is Earl," ABC
Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds," Showtime
Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace," NBC

ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Charles Dance, "Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)," PBS
Donald Sutherland, "Human Trafficking," Lifetime
Ben Kingsley, "Mrs. Harris," HBO
Jon Voight, "Pope John Paul II," CBS
Andre Braugher, "Thief," FX Network

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Kathy Bates, "Ambulance Girl," Lifetime
Gillian Anderson, "Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)," PBS
Helen Mirren, "Elizabeth I," HBO
Judy Davis, "A Little Thing Called Murder," Lifetime
Annette Bening, "Mrs. Harris," HBO

SUPPORTING ACTOR, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Denis Lawson, "Bleak House (Masterpiece Theatre)," PBS
Hugh Dancy, "Elizabeth I," HBO
Jeremy Irons, "Elizabeth I," HBO
Robert Carlyle, "Human Trafficking," Lifetime
Clifton Collins Jr., "Thief," FX Network

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR A MOVIE:
Kelly Macdonald, "The Girl in the Cafe," HBO
Shirley Jones, "Hidden Places," Hallmark
Ellen Burstyn, "Mrs. Harris," HBO
Cloris Leachman, "Mrs. Harris," HBO
Alfre Woodard, "The Water Is Wide (Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation)," CBS

2 comments:

Joe said...

Who would you say are the frontrunners for the big awards?

Michael in New York said...

Well, you can't ever go wrong underestimating the Emmy voters and assuming they'll give the award to the same old people. But in a combination of hope and belief, I'd say Grey's Anatomy for Best Drama (they've avoided 24 so long and a serial like Grey beats House). For Best Comedy I'd say Arrested Development -- this is an actor's fave, a la the over-the-top work of David Kelly (which is why his actors win all the time -- actors love scenery chewers). Best miniseries? Can't go wrong with a costume drama like Elizabeth I, especially since its easy for people to catch up with that as opposed to the much longer Into The West.