Thursday, July 06, 2006

Emmys, Shmemmys

As Alanna's Favorite TV Character™ Al Swearengen once said, "I'm not pissed; I'm in fucking wonderment."

The Emmy nominations were announced today, fulfilling Soledad O'Brien's long-held wish of interviewing that nerdy guy from Two and a Half Men. Speaking of which, why does drivel like that show and King of Queens (who knew that was still even on the air?) get loaded up with noms when the comedy categories should have been filled with every actor, writer, and gaffer from Arrested Development? And Julia Louis-Dreyfus, hooray for you and breaking the Seinfeld curse with your The New Adventures of A Presumably Older Woman Who Still Looks Better than Anyone We Know and We're Supposed to Believe She Can't Get A Date, but I've never met a single person who watches that show and it will get cancelled circa January 07.

It's-Not-TV-It's-HBO leads the pack with 95 shout-outs, but nary a one for my Deadwood. I attribute this glaring oversight to the show's bizarre scheduling. I'm totally on board with the nods for Six Feet Under's Frances Conroy and Peter Krause, but at this point it feels like that show went off the air around the same time as M.A.S.H. did.

Don't even get Jeanette and I started on Grey's Anatomy's trumping of House. OK, get us started. If the two medical dramas engaged in a boxing match, House would shove a giant vial of Ipecac up Grey's ass before you could say "McDreamy." I also think the opening match would be a Lemon-Face-off between Ellen Pompeo and Renee Zellweger.

Finally, I used to be quite the 24 devotee, but when you kill off the only likeable character (President Palmer) and the only hot character (Tony Almeida) it turns a girl off. Woman cannot live on explosions and Chechen rebels alone. This season sucked only slightly less than Season 4, and even a guest appearance from the gone-but-not-forgotten Dr. Romano (of the once-great E.R.) could not save the show for me. Therefore, Kiefer, kindly hand your nomination over to the superlatively sexy Hugh Laurie.

8 comments:

Jeanette said...

This year's emmy voting procedures were different for the first time, and were supposed to allow for a more encompassing vote, giving popular favorites a chance over critial ones. Bull shit. What happened to My Name is Earl? Are we to believe that Charlie Sheehan is worthy of any award other than "World's Biggest Pervert?"

J.J. said...

I am shocked (and elated) that Will Arnett is nominated for "AD." I never thought that possible. But if this new-and-improved "blue-ribbon" nominating committee has the imagination to cite Arnett and Bryan Cranston and Lisa Kudrow, why then do they include Charlie Sheen, Cryer, Kevin James and the Will & Gracelets? The whole thing seems damn incongruous to me.

Mike Lewis said...

Here's a good piece from Mediaweek which also lists all of the nominees.

I like the dual nomination of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report for Outstanding Comedy. I don't see how one of them could not take home the Emmy. It's probably Colbert's turn--TDS has won it multiple times. But do the voters have the balls to pick Colbert? I'm afraid the liberal-Hollywood cliche might die if they don't.

In related news, I spent way too much time last night posting a pair of quotes from WSJ columnist Dan Henninger and Steven Colbert on Wikiquote.org. But it had to be done.

Alanna said...

I am overwhelmed by this outpouring of emotion over the Shmemmy's. Yes, it's Colbert's turn for a win, but Arnett will surely lose out to a tired, overplayed choice like a Will & Gracelet.

Viv said...

I really don't watch TV as much as you guys do.

Alanna said...

THAT IS SUCH A LIE

ebrown2112 said...

Deadwood was not eligible for this year's Emmy Awards. And you're quite right about Hugh Laurie's snub; how could they nominate "House" for Best Drama without nominating Laurie? (Then again, they didn't nominate Vincent D'Onofrio for Law & Order: Criminal Intent the previous year; watch the episode titled "Magnificat" and tell me he didn't deserve recognition. I suppose too many Academy members are turned off by his "head tilt," or something.)

Alanna said...

It doesn't make sense; Laurie IS that show. And that D'Onofrio, he's a quirky one. I wonder if the character is written that way, or that's just his (hilarious)interpretation?