The 65th annual Emmy Nominations have been announced.
Let the finger-pointing, second-guessing and conspiracy theories begin!
Pity poor Emmy voters. Presented with an embarrassment of riches in the best drama series balloting, they’re sure to be bashed for the “snubs” left off their list, as opposed to the deserving stalwarts that made the cut.
Fair? No. But assuming that the heat surrounding the first digital nominee virtually assured its admission to the club, it’s hard to find another show on the roster that deserves the boot.
Others have already begun to lament some of the oversights, including FX’s new drama “The Americans,” the latest season of “Justified” (which I would place ahead of it in the queue) or “The Good Wife,” the program that reminds us not all CBS dramas have to begin with a chalk outline.
For that matter, what about “The Walking Dead,” TV’s most-watched drama? And while I haven’t had much nice to say about it, “The Newsroom” certainly has its fans and Emmy-worthy aspects, drawing recognition for star Jeff Daniels.
Still, this is one of those situations where we suffer from finite resources. With a limited number of spots, not everyone gets to make the team. And there’s no way of knowing exactly (although I have a pretty good idea) what finished seventh, eighth and ninth in the balloting.
Just to remind folks who like to toss around the “S” word (as in “snub”), it’s not like all the Emmy voters get together and decide who to exclude, like high school. People actually fill out individual ballots. So it’s more like choosing the prom king and queen, only with way more money.
If the Emmys have had one blind spot historically, it’s in recognizing genre shows, which might help explain “Walking Dead’s” absence despite another breakout year ratings-wise; and which makes “Game of Thrones'” — and its showing with 16 nominations — all the more impressive.
It’s also worth noting that this year’s most-nominated program, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” pulled what amounts to a creative-accounting trick. By submitting itself as a miniseries, it bypassed the intense drama competition, and we’ll never know how the FX gorefest might have fared had it gone toe to toe with a superior crop of hourlong shows.
Speaking of intangibles, though, here’s another that should be kept in mind: Although “Breaking Bad” has earned well-deserved Emmys for stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, it has never won best drama. And the voting period for the Emmys will overlap with the build-up toward the program’s finale, with the last leg of its run to begin on Aug. 11. (I watched the premiere yesterday, and I don’t think it qualifies as a spoiler to say “Holy crap.”)
Now, this last batch of episodes won’t be the ones that are being evaluated in the context of this year’s voting. But one suspects the frenzy surrounding how the show is going to end will inevitably improve its prospects of going out on top, even if it won’t really “go out,” in terms of Emmy eligibility, until next year’s awards.
Unless it gets, you know, overlooked.
Nah, that just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.