The Emmy wealth and pain was spread around today for shows that had their final seasons this year. If you were Justified or Sons Of Anarchy, it was another chilly sunrise from the TV Academy. If you were Mad Men or Parks And Recreation, which had 11 and three nominations, respectively, it was a very nice morning for your long goodbye.
“Such an amazing morning for our Mad Men family,” creator Matthew Weiner said today about the series, actor and writing noms for the second part of the seventh and final season for the four-time Best Drama Series winner. “We’re all very honored and deeply appreciative of this recognition from our peers. This represents the talent and efforts of everyone on the show, most of whom have been with Mad Men from the very beginning. It has been a really incredible experience that we all did together.” With a robust FYC campaign and a massive sendoff for the May 17 series finale, AMC has made no secret of the fact that it would like to see Mad Men repeat the conclusion of Breaking Bad, which also used a split last season to its Emmy advantage last year.
“Retroactively, I certainly feel like it gave us an edge,” says Parks And Recreation co-creator Mike Schur on the show’s last cycle helping it to snare an Outstanding Comedy Series nom and star Amy Poehler getting a Lead Actress nom today plus a Sound Mixing nom. “No part of me or anyone on the show had any inkling that this was going to happen. In part because we haven’t been nominated since Season 3 and in part because there are so many good and worthy shows on now.” Parks And Recreation wrapped up its seven-season run on February 24 with a two-hour episode that featured the Vice President Joe Biden, who had been on the show before.
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“I think final seasons help in the same way first seasons help because they help shows cut through the noise a little bit with there being so much TV out there,” added Schur. “It’s something that people can latch on to or remember. People tend to tune in more for pilots and finales than average episodes, and I think the same thing is true for first seasons and final seasons.”
Of the series that had their final season this year, Mad Men led the pack with 11 nominations, with Boardwalk Empire right behind with 10 noms, though most of those were in the Creative Arts categories. The exception was for Tim Van Patten, who got a nom for helming the series finale.
Late night’s The Colbert Report and Late Show With David Letterman got six and four nominations respectively, including a Best Variety Series face-off. The Newsroom saw Jeff Daniels get another chance to repeat his Best Actor win of two years ago, while Nurse Jackie saw another in a string of Best Actress noms for Edie Falco. True Blood and multiple past winner Glee went out quietly with one nomination each for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program and Original Song, respectively.
The FX final-seasons gang had kind of their worst and best outcome simultaneously. While Justified got nothing, long-shunned Sons Of Anarchy scored its best Emmy nominations tally ever with three today. Outstanding Stunt Coordination, Outstanding Makeup and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics nominations are nothing to disregard, but there was a feeling that this would be the year the explicit and hardcore Kurt Sutter-created biker drama just might ride off into the sunset with series- and acting-category nominations for the likes of Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam. As today’s results revealed – that SOA motor is not running.