Some awards are obsessed with success. Not Emmy, baby. Cancellation turns her head.
Look at this year’s nominees. The West Wing? Canceled. Malcolm in the Middle (for parents Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston)? Huff (for Oliver Platt and Blythe Danner)? Canceled. Arrested Development? Canceled, like, how many times, now? Six Feet Under? Yep, gone. Stockard Channing for Out of Practice? Buh-bye.
I suppose it lets you know that the Emmys aren’t a 100 percent commercially minded enterprise. Sure, the industry kills off deserving shows, but it guarantees them an Emmy afterlife. So while the “Lauren Graham Rule” may not have ended up spreading the nomination wealth to TV’s fringe champs (what, nothing but sound-mixing, costumes, and visual effects for Battlestar? Are you kidding, Emmy?), rest assured that the Academy still sets aside valuable nomination mojo to honor its fallen.