The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning by black-ish’s Anthony Anderson and Gilmore Girls’ Lauren Graham. All over town, some saw potential winning dreams in their coffee, while others have to endure the bitter aftertaste of not getting a nom at all. With more than two months before trophies are handed out on ABC on September 18, the likes of FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and The Americans, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Veep and USA Network’s Mr. Robot might be one step closer to Emmy glory, but check out those who we think were cruelly snubbed by Emmy voters today — maybe they should just go back to bed.
The Good Wife – Wow! That’s a harsh divorce if I’ve ever seen one – especially for a series that ended its much-rewarded run on CBS this spring. Emmy voters, you were once so close with the Robert and Michelle King series starring Julianna Margulies. Beside that writing nom for the series finale, what happened? Cable and streaming turn your head?
American Idol – Once a ratings juggernaut and a nine-time Outstanding Reality Competition Series nominee, the Fox series went out in Season 15 with a bit of a whimper but you thought it would have gotten some hoopla today beside Ryan Seacrest as host and lighting design.
Damien Lewis – The Homeland alum revealed a whole new side of himself in Showtime’s Billions – a side that TV Academy voters obviously didn’t take to. In fact, Billions, which co-stars Paul Giamatti, got a canceled check overall from the TV Academy today – which doesn’t add up.
Empire – Yes, Taraji P. Henson got a nomination today as did one of the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong created show’s songs but the Fox blockbuster was snubbed in the Best Drama category for the second year in a row.
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert – Guess Stephen Colbert playing the real Stephen Colbert wasn’t the kind of Best Variety Talk Series Emmy voters were watching or liking from the former Colbert Report host.
Julianna Margulies – Two years ago, The Good Wife actor was an Emmy winner – again. Today, with the much award rewarded CBS drama having wrapped its seven-season run in May, no love.
American Horror Story: Hotel: Even with Golden Globe winner Lady Gaga in the joint, TV Academy voters didn’t want to check into the big categories this cycle of the past Emmy acting victor. With that said, past winner Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson did receive Best Supporting noms.
Uzo Aduba – Orange Is The New Black’s 2015 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series winner, who also took home a Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, was nowhere to be found in her category today. And if you’ve seen the Season 3 of OITNB, it’s not like she didn’t deliver another TKO performance, like the jus launched Season 4 too, so… Actually, with just a casting nom, OITNB was almost totally shut out this year – a big drop from the 12 nominations its first season had and the four that Season 2 drew.
Show Me A Hero – The dense urban HBO miniseries from The Wire’s David Simon and William F. Zorzi and directed by Paul Haggis had masterful performances from Oscar Isaac, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Alfred Molina and Catherine Keener. It had all that and more, it was one of the best things on TV last year and got nothing today.
The CW – What’s a network gotta do? Sure the CW pulled in 5 nominations this year but Golden Globe winner Gina Rogriguez and Jane The Virgin got snubbed again in best series and actress categories. And Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and its Golden Globe winning star/co-creator Rachel Bloom was shockingly passed over this year too. Emmy voters, you like narrators, music, choreography, and editing but not overall insightful and entertaining TV and the women who make it happen?
UnReal – It’s simply unreal how the Peabody Award wining Lifetime drama about the behind the scenes on a reality romance series got overlooked. At least Constance Zimmer got a Supporting Actress nom – UnReal should have gotten more.
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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah – OK, so the Comedy Central satire isn’t as relevant this year with Noah replacing Jon Stewart as it has been, but to shut out the 10-time Outstanding Variety Series winner in the category – a harsh indictment my friends.
Jim Parsons- The Big Bang Theory star has flown the Big 4 flag four times as an Emmy winner. This morning, he wasn’t even on a notion in the nominations.
Outlander – What’s Starz’s time traveling love story that went to 18th century Paris and back to the Scottish Highlands got to do? Not even for Caitriona Balfe, who got a Golden Globe nom tis year. Forget Brexit, this was Emmyxit.
Marvel – Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter and David Tennant suffered that old genre bias as did Daredevil’s Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal and Elodie Yung. Yeah, the Netflix series were thrown a couple of craft nominations but these super shows should have been bounding over the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen with a bit more today.
Anika Noni Rose – The Roots reboot was nominated but the outstanding performance by the 2014 Tony nominee was not – and I can’t dig that.
The Leftovers – You win a Peabody Award in your second season and get dosed in praise but still the HBO series by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta was passed over. Leftovers has only one more season left to get in this game.
Bobby Cannavale – Vinyl got shuttered by HBO after one high wattage but low rated season. Its mainman got taken off the turntable today.
The Walking Dead – Based on past history, this snub was almost a certainty, but with the genre busting win of Game of Thrones last year, a sliver of hope existed that, having come off a very strong Season 6, the top rated series on TV may finally get some well deserved recognition for actors like Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Melissa McBride. Alas, as if Negan’s bat came down, hope was smashed for the AMC series – again.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee – The freshest late night show on TV and the only one front by a woman was nakedly empty handed except for a Writing nomination – and that’s just wrong.
Horace and Pete – Louis C.K.’s 10-episode web series was a remarkable blast out of nowhere from the multi-Emmy winner. C.K. saw the bar-based show with Steve Buscemi, Jessica Lange, Eddie Falco and Alan Alda and himself as a drama contender – sorry, going to have to drink the pain away on that one. At least raise a glass to Laurie Metcalf for getting a Guest Actress in a Drama Series nom – that opening monologue…
Holly Taylor – We’ve literally watched this actress grow up on screen as Paige Jennings on The Americans and this year the teen was in remarkable form on the Cold War set drama. Easily going toe-to-toe and conflict to conflict with the muscular talents of nominees Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who play her Soviet mole parents, trying to negotiate the landmines of what her family really is and just growing up in the 1980s – and nothing. Guess TV Academy voters aren’t really that interested in the future, because that’s what Taylor is.
Christian Slater – He won a Golden Globe for his Mr. Robot role but the Heathers alum was unplugged today even though the show and lead Rami Malek did get nominations.
Kingdom – It was a long shot that the Audience MMA drama from Byron Balasco would land an Emmy nomination for its second season. But with star Jonathan Tucker as its centerpoint that heavy hitting campaign the DirecTV owned net put on looked like it could have been a contender – should have been.