The Emmy nominations are announced tomorrow morning in Los Angeles and, as an avid TV watcher, there are a few wishes I have. Check them out under the Cut
- Parks and Recreation and Community recognition:
The respective seasons of both of these comedies have been stand-outs to me this year.
Amy Poehler deserves a win this year for her work as Leslie Knope in “Parks and Rec” and is, at least, a lock for a lead actress nomination. Her management of her romantic storyline whilst remaining consistently funny has been a master class in comedy acting.
If it were up to me the whole cast of P&R would get nomination, but, if I had to choose (genuinely my Sophies Choice, no hyperbole) Nick Offerman as the brilliant Ron Swanson and Aziz Ansari playing the deluded Tom Haverford would be my personal picks for a best supporting actor nod each.
Alongside ‘P&R’, Community has one of the strongest acting ensembles of any show on television, but to me they all work off each other, and it is hard to put one in front of the other .For me, the stand out, and this is just my taste, is the fancy dress loving Dean Pelton. There is nothing like him anywhere else on TV. A supporting nomination for Jim Rash in this rolewould be brilliant, but definitely a longshot. If he beat odds and then went on to win, it would be a nice bookend to his Academy Award win (for co-writing the script for The Descendants) this year, but I digress.
- No “pseudo-comedy” shows/acting nominations.
when it comes to the Emmys nothing frustrates me more than shows like Nurse Jackie, Enlightened and The Big C hoarding all of the nominations. I don’t watch any of them regularly and from the bits I have seen they are good shows, but just not comedies. Dramas with comedic elements? Sure, but when they start preventing solidly funny actresses (probably the biggest victims), actors and shows from garnering well earned nominations, I’m not laughing.
-Hamm and Hendricks win best actor; actress.
Now Mad Men is hardly the awards show underdog, having won the drama series category four years in a row, but it has been denied consistently in the acting awards. Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks, as Don Draper and Joan Holloway respectively, have gone from strength to strength this year pulling out barn-burning performances just when people were willing to write this season off. There’s no doubt they’re in line for nominations but if the Emmys were going to recognise them with a win; this year would be as good a time as ever.
-Nominations for cable diversity.
No I’m not talking about “an old wooden ship, from the civil war era” (one for the Will Ferrell fans, there), I’m talking about the amazing range of drama available on cable channels.
AMC’s drug-cooking Breaking Bad and zombie-odyssey The Walking Dead are off kilter shows that exemplify the heights and depths that television story-telling can take viewers to now.
Elsewhere, The History Channels break-out smash Hatfield & McCoys showed historical miniseries still pack a punch, and of course HBO’s Game of Thrones proved fantasy action (and copious amounts of T&A) can make good, and addictive TV drama.
Those are my thoughts, I’m sure I’m going to be pleased and disappointed (mainly disappointed) tomorrow.
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