Emmy Nomination ‘Snubs:’ So Who Would You Give the Boot?

Emmy Nominations Who Should not Be

Michael Sheen is really, really good in Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” And if push comes to shove, you could make a case for omitting Kevin Spacey or Jeff Daniels — the latter in the way MVPs usually don’t come from losing teams — to make room for him.

The Emmy nominations – more than almost any other entertainment award – quickly go from discussing “Who’s in?” to “Who was terribly slighted because they weren’t recognized?” Yet the focus on “snubs” seldom takes the next logical step – that is, contemplating who should be booted in order to make room for an overlooked contender.

So if you really love “The Americans,” say, or “The Walking Dead,” the question arises what doesn’t belong? “Downton Abbey?” An aging “Mad Men?” “Breaking Bad,” since the 2013 Emmys – coming so close to its final episodes – already felt like a kind of valediction?

Obviously, there’s no right or wrong answer. But even for those who see the choice as a clear call, the candidate who would be bumped usually isn’t completely undeserving.

The Television Academy, which orchestrates the awards, hasn’t done much to demystify the process, thus allowing conspiracy theories and misinformation to mix into the debate. Moreover, most of the griping about which shows were snubbed occurs via the Web, where emotions have a way of running high. (People who talk a lot using capital letters and expletives in comments sections tend to be more restrained, mercifully, when going about their business at the local mall.)

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It’s also worth noting the half-dozen nominees per top categories really isn’t a lot considering the glut of quality series currently available, with new outlets seeming to join the fray on an almost-daily basis. And while it might be small compensation to say a favorite show or star ranked seventh, in any sports playoff that would put them in the quarter-finals.

Invariably, one of the most frequent arguments leveled when something’s left out is that Emmy voters have nominated the same old faces, even if “Modern Family’s” latest season might not have measured up to the others. Yet that’s also one of the unique aspects of television – the ability, and demand, to replicate something week after week, year after year – an achievement that shouldn’t be blithely dismissed when, for example, “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Good Wife” (which was, yes, “snubbed”) sustain or even elevate their games in later seasons.

So to quote Shakespeare, “Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.”

Of course, he’d have probably felt somewhat differently after losing to “Breaking Bad.”

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  1. No one is ever going to be happy, so why argue about it.

  2. DSykes says:

    I’m good with the Drama nominations, though an argument could be made to remove Jon Hamm, in favor of one of the many ‘slighted’ actors, such as James Spader.

    The more noticeable oversight I believe is in the Lead Actor, Comedy category. Silicon Valley is brilliant and the fact that Thomas Middleditch and TJ Miller were overlooked, along with all the great Supporting cast (including the late Christopher Evan Welch) has me questioning the selection process and the judgement of the committee.

  3. Toronto Reader says:

    I’m merely guessing here…but roughly half of the Television Academy’s membership must be under the employ of Broadway Video and Lorne Michaels…how else does one explain the surfeit of nominations for SNL and Jimmy Fallon? SNL’s past season was one of the worst EVUH (the writing was generally lousy; even the ever-reliable Melissa McCarthy was a dud as host w/ the material she was handed). And hyper-active Fallon (who is certainly no Conan O’Brien) squeezes in more than a few noms, simply because he’s not Leno. And let’s give a boot to the overly-rewarded cast members of MODERN FAMILY, and recognize (for once!) the perpetually great contributions by Helberg, Nayyar, Galecki, Cuoco-S, Bialik, and Rauch of THE BIG BANG THEORY – who week after week, year after year, ably compliment the brilliant Jim Parsons.

  4. For best actress in a drama, I’d boot Claire Danes since I don’t think that show is strong anymore – and I’d replace her with a rejuvenated and electric Mariska Hargitay for some of her best work in her career this season. I’d also add Vera Farmiga (since they are allowed 7 nominations). For best drama, True Detective was a limited series and should not have gotten nominated in this category; The Good Wife was amazing this season! In best actor in a comedy, I’d replace Matt LeBlanc with Johnny Galecki, and I’d replace one of the Modern Family supporting actors with Kunal Nayyar.

  5. Robby says:

    I was as devoted a fan of ‘Mad Men’ as anyone for several years but you talk about producers not knowing when to end something and move on! I’ve dozed-off in many episodes of that series the past two years. The James Wolk character was the only intriguing character the past two seasons (and especially this year) and he deserved a nom.

    So good to know more and more are speaking up about the riveting ‘The Americans’ being brushed off two years in a row. Excellent acting from everyone (Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and both the fascinating actress who works for the Russian embassy (far more talented and sexy than any other on TV) and the English actress being duped and used by Rhys character(she’s quite believably American). Can’t think of their names right now because they get NO publicity or coverage of any sort in the American press/media, natch.

    Though I tend to agree the wonderful ‘Downton Abbey’ doesn’t know when enough is enough –they’re pushing their luck with another season— there is nothing I would applaud more on Emmy night than Jim Carter finally getting an award for his beautifully created character on that series!

  6. The Tidy Bowl Man Could Beat All Contenders says:

    Boot them all! The entire concept is an antiquated waste of time, effort, money and hoopla!

  7. nerdrage says:

    Thanks for the topic!

    Boot Kerry Washington for Vera Farmiga
    Boot Jeff Daniels for Matthew Rhys
    Boot Downton Abbey for The Americans
    Boot Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, just cuz. As replacements, uh…Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

  8. Ralph Marler says:

    The tv academy should split the awards into networks, cable and pay tv. That should even up the talent contests, altho lengthen the actual ceremony. Although each could host its own ceremony, too.

  9. Becky says:

    I’d definitely give the boot to Jim Parsons and Jeff Daniels. Enough already!

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