When I took a look at the Emmys list today one thing jumped
out at me: ‘American Horror Story’ got a lot of nominations.
Then I realized that they were all in the miniseries
How is ‘American Horror Story’ – which is returning for its
second season this fall – a miniseries?
I’ve seen a lot of people discussing how the show managed to
cheat the system this way. The main argument seems to be that AHS is billing
itself as an anthology – changing the setting and storyline each season – so it’s
not really a show.
That’s a huge cop out.
Personally, and I watched AHS from the first episode until
the last, I think they did it because they knew the show didn’t have a shot
against all the other cable dramas that are vastly superior.
In my estimation, the only two nominees that AHS might have
been able to garner against legitimate competition were Connie Britton in the
lead actress category and Jessica Lange in the supporting actress category.
Quite frankly, all of the nominations for AHS are kind of a
joke. I just hope they're not rewarded for it.
Here’s a breakdown of each category:
DRAMA SERIES: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downtown
Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men.
Nothing strikes me as surprising in this category – with the
possible exception of ‘Game of Thrones.’ I love the show, don’t get me wrong,
but the second season was nowhere near as good as the first. Frankly, I would
have preferred to have seen ‘Justified’ get the nod, or even ‘The Walking Dead’ or 'Sons of Anarchy'
– but I can live with ‘Game of Thrones.’
It’s interesting to note that not one network show made the
list. There’s a lesson here. Quality doesn’t stem from procedurals and lame
reality shows. It does exist – it just lives on cable.
COMEDY SERIES: The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Girls, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep.
This is kind of a boring list – except for HBO’s ‘Girls,’ of
course. That show was a little diamond in the rough. Funny. Engaging.
Different. Quite frankly, ’30 Rock’ is way past its prime. I think voters just
give the show nods because Tina Fey is so awesome. Personally, I would have
subbed ’30 Rock’ out with ‘Community’ or ‘Wilfred.’
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Hugh Bonneville (Downtown Abbey), Steve
Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall
(Dexter), John Hamm (Mad Men), Damien Lewis (Homeland).
This is a pretty solid list. I’ve seen a lot of people
crying about Hugh Laurie not getting a nod for the last season of ‘House,’ but
I don’t honestly think he deserved one. The only thing I’d sub out here is
Timothy Olyphant (Justified) for Hall. Hall is a great actor, but ‘Dexter’ has
seen better days and seasons and I didn’t think Hall’s performance was anything
spectacular this season. Also, I know it’s a genre show, but can't Andrew Lincoln get some love for his performance in this season's 'The Walking Dead'?
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law), Glenn Close
(Damages), Claire Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockery (Downtown Abbey), Juliana
Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men).
This is without a doubt the most boring category in the
bunch. I would think that Claire Danes will win this one easily. This is where
I would have expected Britton to go if AHS hadn’t tried to trick voters. As it
stands, I have very little interest in the category -- and I'm glad Britton has moved on to something new.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA: Jim Carter (Downtown Abbey),
Brendan Coyle (Downtown Abbey), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Giancarlo
Esposito (Breaking Bad), Jared Harris (Mad Men), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad).
This is a busy category. I don’t really want to remove
anyone, but I think that John Noble (Fringe) and Walton Goggins (Justified)
deserve to be on the list – so I guess I’d bump the ‘Downtown Abbey’ duo to
make room for them. I guess it doesn’t matter. Dinklage will win again. He
deserves it, but I wish Goggins and Noble would at least garner nominations.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA: Christine Baranski (The Good
Wife), Joanne Froggatt (Downtown Abbey), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Christina
Hendricks (Mad Men), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Maggie Smith (Downtown
This is another lackluster category for me. I think Smith
probably has it wrapped up anyway. This is where Jessica Lange should have been
placed to make Smith work for her award.
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Don Cheadle (House
of Lies), Louis C.K. (Louie), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Larry David (Curb
Your Enthusiasm), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory).
Baldwin and Cryer don’t deserve to be here. Neither is
giving unique performances. Elijah Wood (Wilfred) and Joel McHale (Community)
should have gotten their spots.
LEAD ACTRESS, COMEDY: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena
Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia
Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Amy Poehler (Parks
Again, I like Fey, but she doesn’t belong on the list. I
would have subbed her out with Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). While I think this
is McCarthy’s award to lose, I’m hopeful for Dunham. ‘Girls’ was a revelation
this season and Dunham was the reason.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY: Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Jesse
Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Max Greenfiedl (New Girl), Bill Hader (Saturday
Night Live), Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family).
I like ‘Modern Family,’ but all four men getting nominations
is ridiculous. Personally, I think O’Neill should submit himself in the lead
category. Maybe even Burrell. They apparently don’t have the guts, though. There are a lot of people I can see taking
some of these spots over ‘The Modern Family’ men – including a couple from ‘The
Big Bang Theory’ and Jason Gann (Wilfred).
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY: Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang
Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Kathryn Joosten (Desperate Housewives),
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Merritt Weaver (Nurse Jackie), Kristen Wiig
(Saturday Night Live).
Bowen should have submitted herself in lead and Vergara has
no business on the list. While I’d like to see Bialik get the award, I think
Joosten’s death cements the win for her. The notable omission is Zosia Mamet
I’m glad to see the nods for Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton
in ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ as well as Woody Harrelson (Game Change) in the
lead actor in a miniseries category. All are well-deserved.
Julianne Moore should win for 'Game Change' as well, and I’m
a little miffed that Ashley Judd is in the category for ‘Missing.’ Since when
is a cancelled show a miniseries? That’s just bull.
And, finally, ‘Supernatural’ is never going to get nods for
the two leads. However, Jim Beaver deserved a guest actor nod for his fine work
this year as the much loved Bobby said goodbye (twice).
What do you think? Which nominees were well deserved? Who