Emmy Nomination Snubs & Surprises: ‘Jane the Virgin’ to ‘Orphan Black’

Emmy Snubs and Suprises Empire Jane
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True to form, the TV Academy delivered a fair share of shockers with its annual Emmy nominations. Here’s who got shut out — and who got surprised — this morning.

SNUB:Empire

Fox’s smash hit may have registered with fans, but Emmy voters clearly didn’t fall in love with hip-hop. The show scored only three noms, including one for series star Taraji P. Henson.

SURPRISE: Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”

Proving there’s hope for those who are long-snubbed, Maslany finally won a nod for her work playing multiple characters on BBC America’s acclaimed series.

SNUB: The CW

The network just can’t get any respect from the Academy. Despite critical praise and Golden Globe wins, “Jane the Virgin” and its charming series star, Gina Rodriguez, was all but ignored by Emmy voters. The only nod the series earned was for its voiceover artist, Anthony Mendez.

SNUB: “The Big Bang Theory”

CBS’ longtime Emmy favorite was shut out of the best comedy race, as was star Jim Parsons, who won the trophy last year.

SNUB: “Mad Men” supporting players

Christina Hendricks made the cut (as did Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in lead), but no other actors from the show’s farewell season were recognized in supporting or guest categories, including John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones or guests Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare, Julia Ormond, Aaron Staton and Robert Morse.

SURPRISE: Two noms even the most adventurous pundits never saw coming: Niecy Nash for “Getting On” and Keegan Michael Key for “Key & Peele.”

SNUB: “The Good Wife”

CBS’ procedural didn’t score a nod either for best drama or last year’s best actress winner, Julianna Margulies. Guess it’s just never going to make a comeback.

SURPRISE: Gaby Hoffmann

The veteran actress got two nominations: supporting actress for Amazon’s “Transparent” and guest actress for HBO’s “Girls.” Her “Transparent” mom, Judith Light, was snubbed.

SURPRISE: It’s a huge morning for Comedy Central, between acting noms for Key and Amy Schumer and the three sketch series noms for “Drunk History,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Key & Peele.”

SNUB: “The Affair”

Showtime’s freshman series may have won the Golden Globe — along with acting nods for its leads — but Emmy voters weren’t as charmed by the marital drama.

SURPRISE: “Homeland”

That said, Showtime has to be happy with the return to the drama race of “Homeland.” Ignored last year, the CIA thriller rebounded creatively — and voters took notice.

SNUB: “The Americans”

FX’s espionage drama tops nearly all critics’ top 10 lists, yet is criminally ignored by Emmys. What is it going to take to get the Academy to recognize it? Ditto “Justified,” which deserved some attention for its final brilliant season.

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  1. Ursula Sleeper says:

    Why wasn’t “OUTLANDER” WITH THEIR great LEAD ACTOR AND ACTRESS, SAM HEUGHAN and CATRIONA BALFE nominated????????????????????

  2. THX says:

    Nothing for Hannibal. Figures.

  3. Al Swearengen says:

    Tobias Menzies was snubbed for Best Supporting Actor. He should of been nominated instead of Peter Dinklage.

    Just watch his outstanding performance in the interrogation scene.

  4. Top Dog says:

    One of the greatest shows on TV, The Wire, did not win any acting or directing Emmys. What does that tell you?

  5. Jen says:

    Outlander should have been nominated especially Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, & Tobias Menzies. The final two episodes were incredible.

  6. Elly says:

    Person of Interest definitely deserved an Emmy nod for their ground breaking episode “If Then Else”. It’s criminal how genre shows are totally ignored unless they happen to be on HBO.

  7. Daryle says:

    Thrilled to see Game of Thrones getting a little more recognition for acting, though still not enough. And definitely agree that Madame Secretary REALLY deserved a nod for Tea Leoni and the show itself. One the best things on the three or four major broadcast networks. Too bad about The Big Bang Theory….it’s the ONLY comedy we watch at our house. We’ve tried the others but frankly, think most of them are NOT funny, including the highly over-rated Veep.

  8. Chris Victorsen says:

    Also snubbed was Outlander which was a huge fan favorite and critically aclaimed for it’s acting! Also, except for Downton Abby and Wulf Hall (which I though slow and woodenly acted!), PBS got skunked in the Drama Series department. There were several wonderful drama series to choose from and a number of very talented actors and actrsses but none got nominated! IT seems as though the academy only watches HBO and if a show isn’t on HBO they seem to believe that it isn’t worth watching!

  9. The only thing surprising about Tatiana Maslany’s nod is that it’s taken the Academy 3 years to catch up.

  10. Christopher says:

    The Emmy award has become a big joke! The same people are nominated and win year after year. Game of Thrones is a good show but Hell on Wheels is a better show that is never mentioned. Edie Falco is good but give other actors a chance. It seems as though shows on premium channels like HBO, Showtime and Netflix are picked just to get non-subscribers to subscribe to those outlets. You all should be ashamed of yourselves for picking the same shows every year.

  11. Carly says:

    Why is The Middle ignored every year? It’s been one of the better comedies on air for the past 6 years.

  12. Chris says:

    Why is orphan black in the headline when it got a best actress nod

  13. cadavra says:

    Major Snub: MADAM SECRETARY, the best-acted, best-written new show this year. Had it aired on cable instead of a broadcast network, it would have been a different story.

  14. Emmys need to have separate nominations for cable/streaming/online and network, so they can be equally nominated. Getting tired to network shows that are more creative, because they are limited(no f-bombs, s***, nude scenes, etc.) with material not getting recognized for their hard work. Meanwhile, cable can be lazy; because they unnecessarily swear, wander around naked, & have only like 8 episodes per season. It’s like they’re cheating

  15. Terry Hull says:

    Yes…apparently Big Bang Theory has gone from the best on TV to not even a whisper in the breeze. A major emmy fail. Perhaps BBT is just not ‘trendy’ any more, like so many of the nominees.

    And there ought to be separate categories for shows on premium or streaming channels, for which you have to pay, and which many many people are not even able to watch.

  16. S. A. Young says:

    I said this elsewhere but it bears repeating – until I get it out of my system: There were more snubs in today’s announcement than awards-worthy nominations, by FAR. Beyond the incredibly talented cast, that the writers, directors, cinematographers, makeup crews (esp. prosthetics), prod. design, art direction and most especially the costumes for #Outlander were not nominated, makes ONE thing perfectly clear: not enough voters SAW the show. It’s impossible to explain otherwise. I realize none of these people go into their respective fields for awards recognition, but I’m deeply disappointed for them, nonetheless.

    • Lori A says:

      Amen! Besides Bear McCreary getting a nomination I was shocked there weren’t more noms. I have so much respect for everyone who works so hard on that show. Cait, Sam & Tobias were amazing! I can’t wait for next season. Maybe the Emmy’s will catch on to it by then. I wonder if the long split between the 2 parts of the season hurt it.

      • S. A. Young says:

        It took Tatiana Maslany 4 years to snag a nomination and she plays what, 7 characters? EMMY still has a long way to go not just in recognizing diversity (and they are making strides) but also the changing “tv” landscape. How do you compare what is being done on broadcast tv with the groundbreaking work being done on cable or st reaming? Apples and oranges.

    • Mary says:

      I totally agree. Outlander is amazing. By far my favorite series ever.

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