UPDATED Emmy Snubs: 'The Blacklist,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' James Spader, Andy Samberg Join 'The Walking Dead,' Tatiana Maslany And Jay Leno On The Dissed List

Every year on this day we pay tribute to those who made The Dissed List, giving you a place to foam over:

The Good Wife. Neither the violent bumping off of Will Gardner (Josh Charles) in one of the TV season’s most buzzed about developments, nor the extremely aggressive For Your Consideration ad campaign, in which the show pointed out how easy is life for its competition with their 7-episode (Mad Men), 8-episode (Breaking Bad), and 12-13 episode (Homeland, House of Cards) seasons, compared to the grueling challenges of a CBS drama, appears not to have impressed the Academy in the best-drama category (though Charles and star Julianna Margulies are nommed).

First Look TWD S5_1The Walking Dead. Despite high hopes among its fan base that this would be the year AMC’s  Dead broke out of the makeup and special effects nomination categories, the show instead will have to stagger along with its astounding demo ratings success — including a take-down of NFL football —  but no Best Drama Emmy prestige.

Tatiana Maslany. After being snubbed by the TV Academy but showered with love by TV critics for her groundbreaking performance as not one, not two, but eight clones and counting, on BBC America’s Orphan Black,  many industry navel lint gazers thought this would be the year the TV Academy finally got it right. They were wrong.

Duck Dynasty.  When the TV Academy announced it had split the Best Reality Program derby into two categories this year — Structured and Unstructured – it gave four examples of series that had never won:  eight-times a bridesmaid Antiques Roadshow, and four-time non-winner MythBusters would qualify in the Structured division, the academy said. And the org hinted to its members, by naming Duck Dynasty, and Pawn Stars as possible players in the Unstructured competition. This morning, Roadshow and Mythbusters picked up their usual noms. Duck Dynasty and Pawn Stars? Snubbed.

The BlacklistSure it’s the most CBS-ish primetime series that’s not actually on CBS, and Emmy nom voters don’t much like CBS dramas as a rule —  but doesn’t’ the series get any credit for saving NBC?

James Spader. Nobody gives a big ol’ Emmy-targeting-episode speech like Spader – it’s won him three previous Best Drama Actor Emmys. But Spader could not overcome the fact he’s starring in a broadcast drama and the Academy these days is infatuated with drama actors on cable and streamed series. Adding to the poignancy, two of the Drama-Series Actor slots that might have gone to Spader instead went to the stars of HBO’s True Detective — actors who always said they were doing just one season and out, on the program that will have a new storyline each season, and some felt strongly should have been required to compete as a miniseries.

Burton and Taylor. Did academy members mistake this BBC America movie, in which Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West played acting couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as they prepare for a 1983 theatrical production, with that other Liz life movie starring Lindsay Lohan?

Image (5) brooklyn-99-andy-samberg__140602222912.jpg for post 739199Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Sure a best comedy nomination for a freshman series is always a long-shot with the TV Academy, but there was an impressive door opener for this Fox series: a Golden Globe win.

Andy Samberg. Samberg won for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical at this year’s Golden Globes, for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. TV Academy members were not amused.

Jay Leno. Sure, he had to endure getting dumped — twice — from NBC’s Tonight Show. Sure he had to pretend – again – that he was proud to turn over his late-night desk to the younger guy. But now he has to watch Fallon get the nom during Jay’s last eligible year as show host? That’s the very definition of Emmy snub.

The Newsroom. No need to make room among the crowd of West Wing best-drama statuettes in Aaron Sorkin’s curio cabinet. Maybe the HBO show will catch an Academy last-season break next time around. There’s still time to write in an appearance by President Josiah Bartlet.

Homeland. Best Drama Series winner in 2012, Best Drama Writing winner in 2013, and the show’s Best-Actor winner of 2012, Damian Lewis got bumped off in mid-season, thereby semi-qualifying for the TV Academy’s weakness for TV series executions — and still, no Best-Drama nom this year for the Showtime series.

Image (9) michael-sheen__140601171726.jpg for post 738710Michael Sheen. A Brit, with a film career, and a starring role in a cable TV series that’s medically-themed (kinda) – Sheen seemed like a good bet, to start a Hugh Laurie-esque run. But it was not to be.

Liev Schreiber. Critics hailed his understated, powerful performance on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, so Schreiber had looked to be a contender. Too ‘noir’ for the TV Academy – or too new?

The Americans. The Academy’s cold war against FX’s spys-among-us period drama continues, despite its Washington setting so in vogue these days on TV.  The series got left out in its genre; stars Kerri Russell and Matthew Rhys also woke up to no noms .

Shameless. Showtime’s onetime Best Drama contender switched camps hoping it would have better luck competing as a comedy. “No dice,”  responded the TV Academy this morning.

    1. because on any day, Jay was better than Jimmy. It’s not the Tonight show, it’s a bunch of childish antics. I like Jimmy, but just can’t watch the show.

  1. No nom for Spader sucks! No nom for The Good Wife as Best Show sucks, too! The Academy is now so down on network TV that even a brilliant performance can’t get recognized. Plus, what a joke allowing non-series into the Best Show and Best Acting categories when these shows already have a category. Reward the productions that have to crank out shows year after year and not be kicked aside by short run, once and done productions. I’ll be sitting out this years Emmys.

    1. It’s as if the Emmy nominators don’t watch the same shows I do. Never thought in a million years I would watch a girly show called “The Good Wife”, but I believe it is a great show, an overlooked show by the American public. Hope TGW is around at least two more seasons.

  2. i really don’t understand how Big Bang and Jim Parons keep getting nominated. the one punchline that won’t quit…

  3. Tatiana Maslany. Seriouly.. Can’t believe it. Shame on Emmys.

    Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel. And even Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates was very good this season.

  4. Such a joke that Kaitlin Olson has never been nominated yet voter darling Julia Dreyfuss keeps getting them off her past connection with Seinfeld.

  5. Nothing for Tatiana on Orphan Black proves members simply did NOT watch a screener. One episode viewing would have landed her a nom.

  6. THE BLACKLIST is entertaining, but it’s not one of the “best” shows on TV. Spader is very good, but there’s a lot of competition. And he’s won before, right? He’s proven his worth many times over.

  7. Michelle Dockery and Kerry Washington are fine actresses, but Tatiana Maslany gives multiple, high-quality performances in every single episode of ‘Orphan Black’.

  8. No Blacklist or Spader non.? If it were on cable, it would have gotten the nod. No Emmys for me this year. Looks like a total repeat from last year. Sucks.

  9. The inclusion of The Blacklist on the “snub list” is idiotic. Even if you like it, it is obvious it isn’t “quality” drama. And the idea that any show should be Emmy nominated because it “saved” a network shows a complete lack of understanding about what Emmys are supposed to be for.

  10. Nothing for Letterman. No nominations for either Matthew Rhys or Keri Russell from “The Americans.” And, incredibly, no posthumous nomination for Christopher Evan Welch from “Silicon Valley.”

    1. The wigs on Downton Abbey are far more believable. Not everybody needs their show to have car chases.

    1. You rock yourself in a fetal position every night about what you perceive as her undeserved success, don’t you? Mindy’s awesome.

  11. The emmys are a farce. Melissa McBrides performance in the Walking Dead this season is the best performance i have seen in TV history.

    1. So, Michael kidd, you’re pretty much saying you’ve only seen one show in all of TV history. Melissa McBride is very good on Walking Dead, but hardly “the best performance in TV history.” Get a grip.

      1. Funny, you could’ve said stick a fork in The Good Wife before this season. Downton has gone 4 seasons and the actors continue to do excellent. It’s hardly old hat.

  12. “Snubbed” is a hilarious word for people on tv who won’t be receiving a little more tv time to accept awards for their moderate efforts. Poor Andy Samberg! He was snubbed and dissed! How will he possibly recover?

  13. Where the hell is Tatiana Maslany?! They once again got it wrong. They clearly haven’t watched the screener BBC America sent them. Lazy bastards.

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