Oh how I love the Emmy’s. Maybe you’ve noticed I’m not afraid to admit TV has been my joy since I was old enough to work a remote (back then it had only 6 buttons and we called it a “clicker.”) Today the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the Emmy nominations for best in shows.
Who will be walking the red carpet with head held high and who got snubbed? For the full list of nominations click this link.
Here’s my take:
–I’m thrilled that “Girls” was recognized for outstanding comedy series, lead actress, director, and writer after just 10 short but brilliant episodes. Judd Apatow produces but it’s my new hero– the amazing 26-year-old Lena Dunham— who writes, directs, produces and stars in this HBO comedy about 20-something girls in NYC. It’s “Sex in the City” meets “Manhattan” meets “Juno” and it’s my favorite new show on TV.
I’m rooting for Merritt Wever to win best supporting actress for her exceptional work on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to rewind a scene because I was laughing my ass off and couldn’t hear the next line. Wever has created one of the most unique characters on TV in Zoey. She takes kooky to a whole new level. Is it weird that I want her to move in with my family? I’m pulling for you and your cartoon scrubs Merritt. You go girl!
One show that’s sure to dominate in the comedy category is “Modern Family.” Wilson and I crack up at the characters and the writing is clever without any cheap or obvious tricks. Almost every actor on the show is nominated– with good reason as they’re all irrepressibly talented– but Eric Stonestreet as Cameron is beyond. I also love Julie Bowen as Claire and the timing of Sofia Vergara’s Gloria…but they’re up against Merritt so I’m going to hope for a “MF” win in the best comedy and writing categories.
As for lead actress in a comedy series, it’s like Sophie’s Choice for me among Lena Dunham, Edie Falco as “Nurse Jackie” and Queen of Quirk Zooey Deschanel for Fox’s “New Girl.” All formidable dames who own their characters.
I hope Jimmy Fallon wins for hosting “SNL”— one of the funniest 90 minutes I’ve seen in a long while. The gifted Kristin Wiig was also nominated for her scores of oddball characters on “SNL”– good luck Target lady!
For Outstanding Drama, I was happy to see HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” nominated for several awards. The scripts are excellent and the art direction sublime but it’s still no “Mad Men.” Of course, Jon Hamm is up for best lead actor and on the drama writing slate, “MM” got 3 of the 5 nods.
Nominees for Outstanding Children’s Program include: “Degrassi,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “iCarly,” “Victorious,” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.” Really?! Outstanding?! Mr Rogers is rolling over in his grave.
Also snubbed was one of my all-time favs, “How I Met Your Mother.” How is Neil Patrick Harris overlooked for his brilliant turn as Barney and how are the writers not rewarded for consistently funny, creative scripts and believable characters? Tsk, tsk Academy.
In other Emmy injustices…. Hugh Laurie got no love in his last season on “House,” “Glee” was undernominated and the dashing and dastardly Timothy Olyphant was overlooked for FX’s “Justified.” But the one that knocked the plasma outta me was the Academy not recognizing “Mad Men’s” John Slattery. It’s enough to drive me to drink.
Where will I be when the Emmy’s are handed out on September 23rd? Curled up on the couch in front of the tube, with a giant bowl of popcorn and chocolate almonds, clutching my cell phone and laptop so I can text friends and follow the action on Twitter.
I wasn’t playing when I told you I was a TV geek.