Who’s in, who’s out at the SAG Awards in TV series

Following our look at the SAG Award nominations in film, here are the key inclusions and exclusions from the SAGs in TV series.

Drama actor
Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Damian Lewis (“Homeland”)
Out: Among others, Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht (“Suits”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”),William H. Macy (“Shameless”), Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”), Jason Isaacs (“Awake”), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Magic City”), Kiefer Sutherland (“Touch”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing”), Jared Harris and John Slattery (“Mad Men”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”), Robert Carlyle (“Once Upon a Time”), Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire”), Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”), Ben McKenzie (“Southland”)
Surprise factor (1-10):
2. Last year, Adams was a pretty big surprise, but this year’s group is by the book. While I’d have liked Olyphant or Lincoln over Daniels, it’s hard to argue anyone nominated doesn’t belong.

Drama actress

In: Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Jessica Lange (“American Horror Story: Asylum”), Julianna Marguiles (“The Good Wife”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”)
Out: Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare and Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”), Mireille Enos (“The Killing”), Emmy Rossum (“Shameless”), Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”), Khandi Alexander (“Treme”), Romola Garai (“The Hour”), Regina King (“Southland”), Monica Potter (“Parenthood”), Emily Mortimer (“The Newsroom”)
Surprise factor: 4. Because the SAGs combined lead and supporting into one category in television, it’s tough sailing for any non-lead, so that speaks to the impression Smith made in picking up one of her two noms today. Not that it wasn’t deserved (she did win an Emmy this year, after all), but one could easily have seen any of the leading omissions step in. Also note that Lange wasn’t nominated in the miniseries/movie category, which was the slot for “Horror Story” at the Emmys.

Comedy actor
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)
Out: Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), Aziz Ansari, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt and Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Max Greenfield and Jake Johnson (“New Girl”), Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), Danny Pudi and Donald Glover (“Community”), Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”), Tony Hale (“Veep”)
Surprise factor: 3. Mostly standbys here (Baldwin, Burrell and Stonestreet are repeats, while Parsons is a two-time Emmy-winner), though it’s cool to note that actors think highly of C.K.’s work playing his alternate self.  Offerman is certainly overdue for recognition.

Comedy actress
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”)
Out: Kaley Cuoco and Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Laura Dern (“Enlightened”), Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”), Jane Levy (“Suburgatory”), Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”), Kat Dennings (“2 Broke Girls”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), Lena Dunham (“Girls”), Georgia King (“The New Normal”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”)
Surprise factor: 8. Four of this year’s comedy lead actress Emmy nominees — including the past two Emmy-winners, McCarthy and Louis-Dreyfus — failed to make it into the SAGs, and one of the three they kept, Edie Falco, has denounced her own qualifications in the category. So even though Falco is the most-nominated actress in SAG Awards history, it’s still a bit unexpected. Heaven knows we all adore White, but it’s a bit surprising the voting sentiment for her on “Cleveland” hasn’t played out. Meanwhile, Cuoco is underrated on “Big Bang,” and yes, “Community” is worthy of some acting love.

Drama ensemble
“Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Homeland,” “Mad Men”
Out: “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “Justified,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Southland,” “Treme,” “The Walking Dead,” “Luck,” “Once Upon a Time”
Surprise factor: 2. In a jam-packed category destined to disappoint some worthy contenders, it’s hard to know who you would leave out. All five nominees have outstanding casts.

Comedy ensemble
In: “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Office”
Out: “Community,” “Louie,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Enlightened,” “Veep,” “New Girl,” “Girls”
Surprise factor: 7. Amid all the discussion of its
decline, the return of “The Office” is a shock, especially since you’d
think fans of that show would easily appreciate “Parks.” Neither “Glee”
nor “The Office” had any individual SAG noms, while Emmy nominees
“Girls” and “Veep” were shut out.

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