Anybody care that the Emmy noms were announced?
Apart from a few surprises, it was the same old crap getting nods ("Two and a Half Men" for Best Comedy AGAIN!?), and the same old brilliance getting snubbed (Sorry, final season of "The Wire" ... you'll just have to settle for being Tom's Favorite Show Ever.) Getting the most press is the history-making nominations of AMC's "Mad Men" and FX's "Damages," both for Best Drama, and both the first basic-cable shows ever recognized in a best series category.
Having watched "Damages" from start to finish, I'm a little surprised at its inclusion. It was a good show, don't get me wrong, but it always seemed to try too hard to push boundaries (oh look, here's a guy getting shot in the head; here's Glenn Close saying "s**t"; here's Ted Danson boinking a prostitute) just because they were on FX, and that's how FX rolls. I'm guessing it was Close's star power gave it that extra juice Emmy voters were looking for. (The Oscar winner is also nominated for Best Actress in a Drama.)
But it's good to see "Lost" getting some props again, after a two-season drought without a Best Drama nod. Season Four was as good, if not even better, than the show's Emmy-winning first year, and I'd wager good money our favorite castaways take home the prize again this year. (Token nominees "House" and "Boston Legal" don't present much competition.) And hoo-freaking-ray for Michael Emerson and his Best Supporting Actor nomination. Well done, Mr. Linus.
Perhaps my favorite nomination is Kristen Chenoweth's for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for "Pushing Daisies" (which was robbed of a Best Comedy nod). As tart but sweet pie-shop waitress Olive Snook, the petite Chenoweth stole the show every week -- and that is not an easy show to steal.
For a complete list of nominees, click it right here. And as always, let us know your thoughts on the nominees: Your predictions, favorites, and your vows of vengeance against the Academy.
-- Adam Reinhard, firstname.lastname@example.org