Emmys voters are fickle fans and a bewildering bunch. They like a show one year, they don’t the next, or maybe they just don’t like the people who made it. And sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to who gets a nomination and who doesn’t. Here’s a look at the shows and the actors who didn’t make the cut this year but should have.

3RD UPDATE, 11:30 AM:

Sons Of Anarchy — Looks like a kinder, gentler Kurt Sutter took to Twitter today to comment on his series’ Emmy snub. The notoriously barbed showrunner offered congratulations to Anarchy‘s FX, Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and The Voice‘s Carson Daly and Adam Levine among others. Then he wrote, “and to all of you expecting a *-laced emmy diatribe…that’s so 2011. A calm, mature, rational @sutterink is much more dangerous.”


Michael PittBoardwalk Empire’s Jimmy Darmody might have taken one to the head but that doesn’t mean the actor who played him had to be left for dead by Emmy voters.


Kyra Sedgwick — It’s The Closer’s final season, so to leave out this 2010 Emmy winner seems just weird.

The Office — Its had a long run, but that’s no reason to completely leave the show out of the Comedy category.

Emmy Rossum — Besides Joan Cusack’s Best Guest Actress nod, Shameless got the shaft this year, and to overlook this Critics’ Choice winner seems another form of shamelessness. I mean her name is Emmy for Pete’s sake.


The Good Wife — The CBS series was overlooked for Best Drama, not a good sign for the broadcast networks, which lost their only representative in the category.

Glee One nomination in the Guest Acting category? That’s it?

Louie – Maybe Emmy voters have a thing with FX, what with Sons Of Anarchy totally snubbed and Justified shortshrifted this year, but how can you nominate the man who is the star and the mastermind behind a show and not his show?

Jeff Probst — The Survivor host has won the Reality Host category every year since it was created, and this year he didn’t even make the cut? Taking his spot — the ubiquitous Betty White.

Dexter No best series for one of Showtime’s best series.

The Walking Dead — Zombies are popular with viewers but obviously not Emmy voters.

Hugh Laurie — No love for his last turn as Dr. House.

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Dustin Hoffman –- Out of Luck.

Community — At this point, three seasons and still no best series/acting Emmy nominations is puzzling, but the underrated comedy still landed its first major nomination for best comedy writing.

Kelsey Grammer — No Emmy nomination for the Boss despite a Golden Globe win.

Nick Offerman — The Parks And Recreation actor was supposed to announce the Emmy nominations this year, but once again no nod for him.

The Killing — Zero nominations. That’s not a snub, that’s a slaughter.

John Slattery — Four years in a row he’s been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama. Did this year’s LSD trip on Mad Men really freak out Emmy voters that much?

Jessica Pare — Mad Men’s breakout star this year and her season opener “Zou Bisou Bisou” performance amazingly overlooked. Was it the wrong category or does Betty Draper rule a block of Emmy voters?

Mandy Patinkin — Homeland co-stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis got nods but nothing for the series’ strong supporting actor?

American Idol – Sure, the juggernaut stumbled this year, but no Emmy nod in the Reality Competition category seems crazy.

Magic City — Starz’s Miami period piece had no heat with Emmy voters.

Laura Linney – No Best Actress for The Big C star?