I gotta get moving on sidebars for tomorrow's paper but a few top-of-mind thoughts on the Primetime Emmy noms:
** "The Big Bang Theory" — Call the cops. The best all-around comedy series extant wuz robbed this morning. Star Jim Parsons (pictured left, who announced the noms with "Grey's Anatomy's" Chandra Wilson) of course was recognized but the show deserved it too, dagnabit.
** "Friday Night Lights" — What does it take, Emmy voters? With seven nominees for drama series, there wasn't any room for the most well-rendered slice of life drama on TV? Or for Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler in the acting heats?
** "True Blood" snub? While I'm not a huge fan of HBO's fang-fest, it has undeniable sizzle right now, and star Anna Paquin is delicious in her role (even I recognize that). With the Alan Ball of it all, the show seem to be much more Emmy bait than HBO's "Big Love," which nabbed a drama series nod. Go figure.
** "Battlestar Galactica" shut out? I would've bet money on the voters catching up with this space opera's final voyage.
** Supporting drama actor nom for Michael Emerson of "Lost" — good. But William Shatner, again?? The category would've been better served by Taylor Kitsch of "FNL," or Vincent Kartheiser of "Mad Men," or Josh Holloway of "Lost" (and not just because Holloway would make all the girl reporters backstage swoon, but because he was damn good last season).
** Supporting drama actress for Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men." This is good.
** Supporting comedy actor. Tracy Morgan — really? Over Simon Helberg or Kunal Nayyar of "Big Bang Theory." Really?
** Supporting comedy actress. No room for Kaley Cuoco of "Big Bang Theory"? What part of this show are Emmy voters NOT watching??
** Comedy series writing. Four nods for "30 Rock"? I'd call that gluttony.
** Drama series writing. Four nods for "Mad Men"? Much as I love that show, much as I spent Sunday nights last summer and fall parsing every word of every episode on this blog, four nods is overkill.
** Betty White earning her 15th career nom, this time for a guest shot on "My Name is Earl." This is good.
** The great Gena Rowlands was recognized for her guest turn on "Monk." She somehow grows more beautiful every year.
** Ed Asner's having a hell of a year. Not only is he in the best movie I've seen all year — "Up" — but he nabbed a drama guest star nod for "CSI: NY." Old guys rule!