Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Rocky Relationship With Emmy

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards are on this Sunday, September 21st 2008 at 8pm on ABC/CTV and while I plan to watch, I can't say that I haven't had a strained relationship with Emmy in the last few years.

They may have TRIED to set things right with the new "Lauren Graham nomination process" but it still failed to earn Lauren Graham a nomination. And for everything they do right (Mad Men nominations), they get too many things wrong (constantly ignoring Friday Night Lights, anything on The CW or almost anybody who isn't white).

They've already held the Creative Emmy's this past weekend (which seemed a LOT more fun with hosts Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother) where Kathy Griffin won again!) but really, people only care about the big awards so let's do some predictions and hopes:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boston Legal (ABC)
Damages (FX)
Dexter (Showtime)
House (FOX)
Mad Men (AMC) - WILL WIN

Should Have Been Nominated: Friday Night Lights and I hear The Wire and Battlestar but generally I'm happy with the list.
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Boston Legal. I like the show, but not THAT much.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Should Have Been Nominated: Weeds, Pushing Daisies, Aliens in America, How I Met Your Mother
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Two and a Half Men, Entourage. Entourage was just not up to snuff last season as it usually is.
And I'm not a big fan of Curb either.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Gabriel Byrne for playing Dr. Paul Weston on In Treatment (HBO)
Bryan Cranston for playing Walt White on Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall for playing Dexter Morgan on Dexter (Showtime)
Jon Hamm for playing Don Draper on Mad Men (AMC) - SHOULD WIN/WILL WIN
Hugh Laurie for playing Dr. Gregory House on House (FOX)
James Spader for playing Alan Shore on Boston Legal (ABC)

Should Have Been Nominated: Kyle Chandler on Friday Night Lights, Jeffrey Donovan on Burn Notice
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: James Spader on Boston Legal
I haven't watched three of these shows though so... yah... that's all I got.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin for playing Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock (NBC) - SHOULD WIN
Steve Carell for playing Michael Scott on The Office (NBC) - WILL WIN
Lee Pace for playing Ned on Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Tony Shalhoub for playing Adrian Monk on Monk (USA)
Charlie Sheen for playing Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Should Have Been Nominated: Jim Parsons on The Big Bang Theory, Tyler James Williams in Everybody Hates Chris, Adhir Kalyan in Aliens in America
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Charlie Sheen and Tony Shalhoub. AGAIN.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Glenn Close for playing Patricia "Patty" Hewes on Damages (FX) - SHOULD WIN
Sally Field for playing Nora Walker on Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Mariska Hargitay for playing Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Holly Hunter for playing Grace Hanadarko on Saving Grace (TNT) - WILL WIN
Kyra Sedgwick for playing Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer (TNT)

Should Have Been Nominated: Connie Britton on Friday Night Lights, Elizabeth Moss on Mad Men
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Kyra Sedgwick. I know. Emmy loves her. I can't stand her cliched performance.
Generally a strong category though and really, it could be anyones game, and it almost should be anyones game.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate for playing Samantha "Sam" Newly on Samantha Who? (ABC)
America Ferrera for playing Betty Suarez on Ugly Betty (ABC)
Tina Fey for playing Liz Lemon on 30 Rock (NBC) - WILL WIN
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for playing Christine Campbell on The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Mary-Louise Parker for playing Nancy Botwin on Weeds (Showtime) - SHOULD WIN

Should Have Been Nominated: Tichina Arnold on Everybody Hates Chris, Amy Pietz in Aliens in America
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: No one. This is a great list and I wouldn't take out anybody. I would just keep adding.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Ted Danson for playing Arthur Frobisher on Damages (FX) - SHOULD WIN
Michael Emerson for playing Benjamin Linus on Lost (ABC) - SHOULD WIN
Željko Ivanek for playing Ray Fiske on Damages (FX)
William Shatner for playing Denny Crane on Boston Legal (ABC)
John Slattery for playing Roger Sterling on Mad Men (AMC) - WILL WIN

Should Have Been Nominated: Terry O'Quinn on Lost
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: The Shat.
I'm pretty much down with anyone except The Shat winning.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jon Cryer for playing Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Kevin Dillon for playing Johnny "Drama" Chase on Entourage (HBO)
Neil Patrick Harris for playing Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother (CBS) - SHOULD WIN/WILL WIN
Jeremy Piven for playing Ari Gold on Entourage (HBO)
Rainn Wilson for playing Dwight Schrute on The Office (NBC)

Should Have Been Nominated: Chi McBride on Pushing Daisies, Michael Urie on Ugly Betty, Justin Kirk on Weeds, Adam Baldwin on Chuck
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Jon Cryer. I like him but not for this show.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Candice Bergen for playing Shirley Schmidt on Boston Legal (ABC)
Rachel Griffiths for playing Sarah Whedon on Brothers and Sisters (ABC)
Sandra Oh for playing Dr. Christina Yang on Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
Dianne Wiest for playing Gina on In Treatment (HBO) - WILL WIN
Chandra Wilson for playing Dr. Miranda Bailey on Grey's Anatomy (ABC) - SHOULD WIN

Should Have Been Nominated: Adrianne Palicki in Friday Night Lights, Michaela Conlin in Bones, Yunjin Kim and Elizabeth Mitchell in Lost
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: No one really but I had a hard time picking. All great actresses in great roles but none of them were given much to do season this past season.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth for playing Olive Snook on Pushing Daisies (ABC) - SHOULD WIN
Amy Poehler for playing various characters on Saturday Night Live (NBC) - WILL WIN
Jean Smart for playing Regina Newly on Samantha Who? (ABC)
Holland Taylor for playing Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Vanessa L. Williams for playing Wilhelmina Slater on Ugly Betty (ABC)

Should Have Been Nominated: Becki Newton on Ugly Betty
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: None. I like this list. Even Taylor for that show I don't like.

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race (CBS)- WILL WIN
American Idol (FOX)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Bravo) - SHOULD WIN
Top Chef (Bravo)

Should Have Been Nominated: So You Think You Can Dance
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Dancing with the Stars
I would almost lean towards Top Chef winning this year though. Even though it really should have been SYTYCD.

Outstanding Host for a Reality Show or Reality Competition
Tom Bergeron - Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Heidi Klum - Project Runway (Bravo) - SHOULD WIN
Howie Mandel - Deal or No Deal (NBC)
Jeff Probst - Survivor (CBS) - WILL WIN
Ryan Seacrest - American Idol (FOX)

Should Have Been Nominated: Phil Keoghan on the Amazing Race, Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef, Cat Deeley on So You Think You Could Dance
Shouldn't Have Been Nominated: Howie Mandel
I don't hate Ryan Seacrest but god forbid he wins this thing (which he might).


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Esther said...

Hey Vance,
I really like reading your predictions. I think I'd give Mad Men the nod over Lost. I love Lost but it's becoming more and more bizarre and convoluted. Whereas I loved the look of Mad Men, the way it so lovingly re-creates the early 1960s. In fact, I think Mad Men should have gotten some more nods in the supporting categories. What about Vincent Kartheiser and Elisabeth Moss?!

I'm not a huge Steve Carrell fan and not to be a snob, but I still think the original British version of The Office is superior. So my vote would be with Alec Baldwin, too.

And I agree about Boston Legal, too. I love the show but it's lost something over the past couple of years. Entourage and Curb have lost a bit of their appeal, too. I just find the characters increasingly tiresome.

Vance said...

I actually placed Elizabeth Moss in the Lead Actress Category Snubs though I guess it's more supporting isn't it? Granted, I think she's the heart and soul of the show. Without her, all the great dynamics is lost.

Personally I do like the US version over the British (a rare case) of The Office but yeah, there's a few other shows that have gone a bit downhill and it would have been nice if they would even CONSIDER nominating some newbies or other off-the-beaten-track shows.

Barry said...

I really hope Chandra Wilson wins for Grey's Anatomy.