The Emmy noms’ biggest surprises… and snubs
A pack of newcomers should stir up some excitement when the Emmys are doled out Aug. 29 on NBC at 8 p.m. Freshman faves like Glee, The Good Wife, and Modern Family all earned nods in the major categories. And voters saw fit to keep predictable shout-outs for Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), and Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters) out of the acting categories to make room for fresh faces like Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), and Chris Colfer (Glee). Gone-but-not-forgotten nominations went to Lost and The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien, while Undercover Boss and Men of a Certain Age‘s Andre Braugher earned kudos even though both shows have yet to air for a complete season.
Despite the good news for some, there were plenty of snubs to go around: The final seasons of 24, Ugly Betty, and Law & Order were largely overlooked, as were The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men in the Outstanding Comedy category (we’d claim a bias against multicamera comedies, but Bang‘s Jim Parsons, The New Adventures of Old Christine‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Two and a Half Men‘s Holland Taylor all snagged well-deserved nods). The entire cast of True Blood, not to mention Married…With Children alums Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) and Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy), was left empty-handed, as was Courteney Cox, who went from a nomination-free run on Friends to a nomination-free first year on Cougar Town. And really, Tony Shalhoub got another nod for Monk? But hey, we’ll keep the complaints to a minimum if Jane Lynch walks home with two statuettes — one for Glee and another for her guest turn as Charlie Sheen’s therapist on Two and a Half Men.
Emmy Noms 2010: By the Numbers
New running total of nods The Office‘s Steve Carell has nabbed (he’s up this year for best lead actor in a comedy): 7
Number of nominations for Travel Channel (for Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations in a writing category): 1
Number of nominations for Glee, including one for best comedy series: 19
New running total of nods for Saturday Night Live — a record — including this year’s nod for best variety series: 126
Percent of EW.com readers who think the Emmys’ biggest snub was Fringe‘s John Noble: 19