Emmys 2011: Biggest Disappointments, Most Pleasant Surprises


We know how you feel, Annie.

And this is where we rant. And rant and rant and rant. The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and Mad Men (19 nominations), Boardwalk Empire (18 nominations), and Modern Family (17 nominations) are probably feeling pretty good about themselves right now.

As for Fringe and Community, well, there's always next year (and thank goodness we can say that about both shows). Let's take a look at some of this year's most egregious snubbage and shocking surprises.


Fringe's cast members wonder where their nominations are.

2011's Biggest Disappointments

No nomination for John Noble of Fringe.
If there was one "bubble" nomination that would have made my day today, it's Noble as Fringe's Walter Bishop/Walternate in the Best Supporting Actor category. His ability to play two completely different characters (both quite different from himself, mind you) was awe-inspiring this season. Noble was the show's best chance to land a nomination, but came up just short. That said, who among the Supporting Actor nominees didn't deserve the recognition? It looks like the worthy Noble was the odd man out. Ditto for Anna Torv, who carried a lot of weight on her shoulders this season. Interesting that in Fringe's best season by far, it got zero nominations, whereas it got one nomination in each of its first two seasons (for sound editing and visual effects). [Minor correction: Fringe did receive a nomination this year... for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media, not the show.]

Community gets a goose egg.
With ho-hum ratings and a rambunctious attitude, this NBC underdog was a long shot to get nominated—but we still held out hope. Though I would have liked to have seen both Gillian Jacobs and Donald Glover in the nominations somewhere, I think Danny Pudi (Abed) was the show's best chance at getting a nomination—but that dream died when every single regular on Modern Family who's over the age of 20 heard his name called (Modern Family actors took up 67 percent of the Supporting Actor nominations). The biggest crime against the Greendale campus may be the lack of Best Writing nominations; surely the writing staff of TV's most innovative and clever comedy could have grabbed one of the five spots?

The nominated actors are awfully white.
Same story, different year. Only three of the actors nominated in the major acting categories are not Caucasian: Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age). That's means almost 94 percent of the nominations went to white people.

Harry's Law?
She's a fine actress, but did Kathy Bates really deserve a nomination? Over Katey Sagal of Sons of Anarchy? Ditto for Johnny Galecki of The Big Bang Theory.


At least one of these two will win an Emmy.

2011's Most Pleasant Surprises

The Emmys are now Justified.
Getting a nod in the Best Drama Series category would have been incredible (and deserved), but I'll settle for acting nominations for Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Margo Martindale, and Jeremy Davies, the best acting core in all of TV. All four of these incredible actors were, at some point, the best thing to watch on TV last season. Martindale was particularly good as Mags Bennett, and should hoist the trophy come September.

Game of Thrones breaks the fantasy barrier.
There was some talk about Game of Thrones being too knee-deep in nerddom to catch Emmy voters' eyes, but it broke out in a big way with 13 total nominations, including one for Best Drama Series. Peter Dinklage also heard his name called in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance as Tyrion Lannister, and if he somehow makes it to the podium in September, it will be a very special moment. The show was also recognized for writing, directing, makeup, costuming, stunts, effects, sound, and—not surprisingly—best title sequence. The realm is proud.

A stand-up nomination for a stand-up stand-up.
Holy s*** Louis C.K. got nominated for Louie. Awesome.

Nominations for TV's best parents.
Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were nominated for the second year in a row. These two nominations are the kind that make me beam with pride; I feel like I've grown up with them. So happy for both of them, and for the show getting into the Best Drama Series category.

Stringer Bell hears his name called... twice.
Idris Elba, who should have been nominated for the role of Stringer Bell on The Wire, is one of TV's most commanding presences. Elba was nominated twice, once for a guest role on The Big C and once for his work on Luther in the miniseries category.


Awesome, but was it Emmy-worthy?"

2011's Biggest non-issues

No love for The Walking Dead.
Sure, AMC's zombie series was a fun time. But should anyone really be complaining that it didn't get nominated for Best Drama? We only got six episodes in the first season—I don't think that's enough to earn a nod. A series that short better be absolutely fantastic to get nominated, and The Walking Dead was merely good (though not seeing Frank Darabont's name in the Best Director category for the show's pilot was definitely an oversight). The Walking Dead did get three technical Emmy nominations, so it wasn't completely blanked. Let's move on and reconsider things after the longer Season 2.

Glee's actors were out of tune.
No lead acting nominations for the cast of Glee? Good. They don't deserve it. It was an abomination that they were nominated last year. Singing =/= acting.


That's everything that immediately springs to mind after seeing this year's nominations. I know we all like to bitch and moan about Emmy nominations each year, but all things considered, I'd say things actually went fairly well.


Which shows and actors do you think were most egregiously snubbed this year? Which nominations surprised you the most?



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What about a comment for Sons of Anarchy? It always gets left out by the Emmys. But hey, it's making it's own reputation. It doesn't need Emmy Awards for it to know how good of a show it is.
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I agree with Danny Pudi and Community....I am a new veiwer, just watch both seasons during the summer....It is easily the best comedy on tv at the momemt



(sorry HIMYM but you have jumed the shark by about 2 seasons)
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TREME,

baby.

That's all I'm gonna say. There's no TV like Treme.

Oh, and good for Louie.
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what about Bob Newark guest starring on NCIS? Sometimes Emmys are simply ridiculous...
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Nexpose- Yeah, they snubbed Lost. But what is this 'greatest show on TV' they snubbed?
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Who can trust the Emmy's sanity anyway since last year they disgracefully snubbed LOST when it had so many nominations. If you can't give anything to the greatest show on TV ever then I know there's something wrong. And for Community to be snubbed is ridiculous. Now two years in a row.
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Fringe has been a great ride and Noble should have received at least a nomination. I am looking forward to the next season.
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Lights Out's Holt McCallany & Terriers' Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James
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Peter better win best supporting. He managed to exceed my expectations... which were pretty high to begin with.
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Peter Dinklage got nominated for best supporting actor... Im happy.
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The Emmys are just another time-wasting reality show, who cares.
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Those people over at the Emmy's must be purposely avoiding Fringe nominations...for whatever reasons, we shall find out. *pulls out detective sunglasses*
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I was thinking it may be because the show is on FOX.
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I'm really happy for Betty White's nomination. Hot in Cleveland isn't that great of a show and she makes it hilarious with what she says. I hope she wins because she is basically carrying the cast.

And as for Busy Phillips in Cougar Town as some previously commented, I love her on the show but her characters she plays on TV are pretty similar. I'm not surprised at all that she got snubbed. She plays the same ditzy blonde on Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks.
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Community is to cool for the Emmys!



(saying this over and over again is what keeps me going and not start screaming and kicking people).
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@unicorns2024 are you crazy, Peter Dinklage was the best actor on GOT. Did you even watch it?
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I hope Kyle and Connie win this year. Since Friday Night Lights is over, this is their last chance.
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@Chizrocker88: I think you mean Community blows compared to Parks and Rec.
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No Charlie Day for Supporting Actor again? The funniest guy on television on the funniest show 6 years in a row not nominated again... Just terrible
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Tired of critics only showing love for cable series.
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No good nominations...
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Realistically, I'm not surprised Fringe got snubbed cause their genre always does, but Anna Torv most definitely deserved a nom. She basicaly played four different characters, all with subtle differences that I doubt a different actress could have pulled off as well. John Noble is also very deserving, and I can think of a few episodes that I believe should have been nom'd for best writing. When will the academy just suck it up and admit that sci-fi/fantasy shows are a force to be reckoned with, and are just as deserving, if not more so, of their share of Emmy's than some of the other nominees.
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@Jekll: Parks and Rec blows compared to Community. 30 Rock is great though.
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Katey Sagal far better actress for her role in Sons of Anarchy and for Games of thrones there were much better actresses/ actors then Peter Dinklage
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I feel surprised that the miniseries called "The Kennedys" got four nominations in spite of so much controversy!
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Where is John Noble's nomination -again-? :(
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I'm disgusted that John Noble and Katy Sagal are overlooked again. I don't care if the same actors get nominated every year if they deserve it. Katy Sagal has deserved it from the start, while Nobel gives a master class in acting on Fringe. Also, I love Modern Family, but it seems rediculous that 6 out of 10 supporting acting nods go to one show. Why don't the Emmys create a best comedy ensemble category altogether?
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There's a reason Community is shut out; it's just not that funny. 30 Rock, Parks & Rec (which deserves the win), Modern Family, and BBT are all far funnier.
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^Streets Behind^
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Treme's Khandi Alexander
Chicago Code's Jason Clarke
Detroit 1-8-7's James McDaniel
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john noble did probably the best acting on tv
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Brilliant call, Mr. Surette. When I watch Fringe, I am watching "Super 8" for free once a week. Noble and Torv certainly deserve a nod -- and a win. We should create a Fringe Academy of TV, eh? Community is such a clever show -- I turn the set off after it is over as I don't find Parks & Rec or 30 Rock anywhere near as good. I watched MedMen and Modern Family once a piece and don't get the buzz about them. Everyone has their taste, I suppose. I'm just glad Fringe & Community are renewed. I'm still sad about Pushing Daisies cancellation. I'll catch up with Treme soon -- was it overlooked, too?
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The simple fact that Fringe and John Noble got overlooked automatically makes the nominations a farce. Yay, lets watch Mad Men and Modern Family win everything again!!!!!
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Typical Emmy nominations, the same shows get nominated year after year. The Emmys are a joke.
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Would love to see Friday Night Lights win some awards as a last hurrah, but the nominations are good enough for me. Season 5 was a fantastic showcase for brilliant drama and in my opinion Kyle Chandler & Connie Britton were absolutely on fire, the best they've been! Hope that Downton Abbey comes away with an award too, would make me feel all patriotic and proud!
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Thumbs up for the cast of The Good Wife and especially Archie Panjabi - she better win this or I'll be just as disappointed as I was when neither Anna Torv nor John Noble were nominated. They should win every people's choice award there is this year! That would be Justified! Walton Goggins should definitely get rewarded for his outstanding work! And last but not least I'm thrilled for the cast and producers of Downton Abbey - please let them win the Emmy for outstanding casting!
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It seems like the same shows and same actors are nominated / win every year. Why bother watching???
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sorry i forgot yes john nobels being left out is just sad. esp since he is doing 2 people who are very differant with spec pathologies...his creation of walter is something to behold...
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if margo martindale does not get the emmy something is wrong,but then something always is...how justified could not be nom 2 yrs in a row. are they brain dead?,stupid or is it just so political??? ahh...i sadly did'nt see game of thrones. bates is great,but i think they just get use to nom or picking the same safe ones...segal is scary good,everybody knows this! all the cast of justifies should get something for the awesome job,it was soooo much better than almost anything we saw or have seen across the board...panjabi is scary good too. but the creation of mags by martindale should be talked about all over the waves. seldom is such great acting and character developement seen....bravo to jer regardless...andre is always good too,but some of these are just numbingly bad...
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Yeah, I was upset...wonder why.
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What does John Noble have to do to get nominated? He is quite possibly the best actor on television. This is just another reason why I no longer watch any awards shows.
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Honestly tell me why Modern Family gets all the nominations it makes me so angry that no attention is payed to Community or Parks who deserve so much love
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sean bean should have been nominated for best leading actor. he was great in game of thrones. he was one of those actors that can influence tv viewers with his facial expression. what others do with words, bean does it with his face and eyes. i was not a big bean's fan, but game of thrones totally changed it. i am so into sean bean.
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coutterhill, no non-white actors? Detroit 1-8-7, a critically well-received show, had the most racially diverse cast of any show in history. Michael Imperioli or James McDaniel should have been nominated. Aisha Hinds was awesome in it.
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Fringe and Community each deserved multiple nominations, especially John Noble. For shame Emmys, for shame.
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OUTRAGES! Fringe, John Noble and Anna Torv got snubbed big time. Maybe we fans should just come up with our own award and trophy and present it to them. Fringe Rocks!
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same ol same ol!
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If we had more non-white actors in mainstream television shows, they will be nominated. And Community is horrible.
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Very disappointed that John Noble didn't get a nomination, he definitely deserved it. I am also surprised that there are no nominations for Community, it seems like Emmys dislike originality and stick to things they know, for example, 30 Rock this year was quite bad and to my mind did not deserve to get nominated.
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Fringe has got to be the biggest blunder this year. What on earth are they thinking? Noble, Torv and the show itself deserved a nomination. Shame shame Emmys
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Modern Family is overrated.. Community is much better.
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Modern family is way over-rated. First off, its premise doesn't justifies the presence of a permanent hidden camera a-la "The Office". They just followed the hype, and this new technique of using an intruding shaking camera (as is the scene was filmed by an interviewer) is The Office trademark and now over-used without any good reason. Same technique was also used in Outsourced. As for its humor, Modern Family is very mainstream and I merely giggle when I watch it. Never LOL. Unlike COMMUNITY or WORKAHOLICS which are way FUNNIER!
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