For Your Consideration: 10 Last-Minute Emmy Nomination Pleas

The deadline for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences members to turn in their nomination ballots for this year's Emmys is today at 5pm PST (the nominations themselves will be announced on July 19). Assuming some voters are waiting until the last possible minute to cast their votes and because I am such an influential presence on the decision-making of the industry’s most powerful people, I thought I'd make a few last-ditch appeals for some very worthy folks.

This list is dedicated to those non-frontrunners who are very deserving of a nomination; you won’t find the likes of Cranston, Hamm, Margulies, Fey, or Modern Family 'round these parts. Those regulars are certainly commendable in their own right, but there’s no need to vouch for people who are almost certainly going to be nominated anyway. Instead, let's hope the Emmy voters give some real, actual consideration to the following 10 actors and shows.


Fringe’s John Noble for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

At this point, John Noble’s lack of a nomination for his superb, multi-layered (and multi-character) performance on Fringe is a sick joke. However, that will not stop me from continuing to beat the drum. The series' fourth season had its issues, but Noble brought a stabilizing presence to the proceedings. The subtleties in his work made the slight differences in the “new” version of Walter powerful and purposeful.


Community’s Danny Pudi for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

In its third season, Community got darker and more psychologically complex, resulting in some murky territory for Danny Pudi’s Abed. Unsurprisingly, though, the actor was up to the challenge, turning in his finest work to date in episodes like “Virtual Systems Analysis,” “Curriculum Unavailable,” and “Introduction to Finality.”


Awkward.’s Ashley Rickards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Anyone working on a MTV show is never going to be nominated for an Emmy, at least during the current era of voting. In the case of Ashley Rickards, that is simply too bad. In Awkward.’s first season, Rickards managed to be constantly funny (thanks to a willingness to commit to any gag) while still carrying the emotional parts of her Jenna Hamilton. I think Awkward. is a fine show, but it wouldn’t be anywhere as close to as good as it is without Rickards.


Southland for Outstanding Drama Series

Southland's move to TNT has been a major blessing for the show. Lower ratings expectations, looser violence and language restrictions, and shorter, tighter episode orders have all kept Southland on the air and made the show better. Unfortunately, the one curse of being a fairly low-rated show on basic cable is that there isn’t much buzz come Emmy time (something a network like NBC could've maybe pushed harder for). In any event, Southland continues to be one of the best shows on all of television thanks to its tremendous cast and day-in-the-life narrative style that creates real stakes without stepping outside the show’s realistic grounds.


Shameless’s Emmy Rossum for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Showtime’s Shameless is an odd show that I find really compelling and moving most weeks and frustratingly wacky other weeks, but Emmy Rossum’s performance at the center of it all is something to marvel at. In Season 2, Rossum’s Fiona was every bit of a disaster as most of the family members and friends she was trying to take care of, giving Rossum even more of an opportunity to prove she is a supreme talent.


Awake’s Jason Isaacs for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

It truly makes me angry that Awake cannot enter the Miniseries/TV movie category, because there, Jason Isaacs would have a much better shot at being nominated for his work on the low-rated NBC drama. Stuck where he is, there is absolutely no way Isaacs will get a nod, even though if voters watched the Awake pilot, they might have trouble picking against him. Isaacs grounded the show’s fairly intricate premise with substantial pathos and grit, and he handled the procedural stories just as well as he did the more challenging character- and overarching-plot-based sequences.


Suits’ Sarah Rafferty for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This one is something of a cheat considering Sarah Rafferty’s Donna serves almost entirely as a sarcastic comedic foil. Hers is not a showy dramatic performance whatsoever. But you know what? I do not care. I adore Donna and I think Rafferty does a wonderful job of making the character playfully mouthy and keeping a certain modicum of warmth to the character. She is the most entertaining part of a very entertaining show.


Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Let’s be honest: Everyone in the Parks and Recreation cast could stake a claim for nomination in their respective categories. For whatever reason, Amy Poehler is the only performer who's broken through thus far. This season, Adam Scott was a true leading man. He continued to do great work as one of the few straight men to a town full of kooks, was often quite funny on his own (Low-Cal Calzones!) and handled himself quite well as a romantic lead.


Suburgatory’s Allie Grant for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

At the beginning of Suburgatory’s run, I thought Lisa Shay was clearly slated to be That Annoying Friend. Yet, Allie Grant and the show’s writing staff did such an excellent job calibrating the character to Grant’s talents that by the end of the season, Lisa was one of my favorite characters on any sitcom. She is still peculiar, but in a very particular way that is more endearing than annoying. Grant’s chemistry with Maestro Harrell (Malik) created a number of awkwardly entertaining sequences in the back half of Suburgatory’s first season.


Happy Endings for Outstanding Comedy Series

This is a big year for the Outstanding Comedy Series race. Modern Family, 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory are locks and Parks and Recreation feels like one as well. The remaining two spots could go to any number of shows, from last year’s unfortunate nominees Glee and The Office (surely the Emmy voters are smarter than this, right?) to buzzy new shows like New Girl, Veep, Suburgatory, 2 Broke Girls, Girls, and Enlightened to critical darlings like Louie, Archer, and Community.

Nevertheless, if I had a vote, I’d throw my support behind ABC’s Happy Endings. The sitcom had a glorious second season that was both regularly hilarious and moving in off-kilter, weird ways. The writing was super-sharp in year two and the performances have always been there, and I wish that was enough for voters.


What do you think? Who would you vote for, if given the chance?

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John Noble is a brilliant actor and certainly does deserve recognition for his role as Walter Bishop in Fringe. Its a great show and I think if it had a better time slot the show would have done better in the ratings. I dont know though people are weird about tv or maybe its just me lol..........

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Psych never gets any love from the Emmy's it's great show and the actors are great they should each be nominated for something
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Deifinatly John Noble. Its so dissapointing that someone with so much talent hasn't one an Emmy yet. I love his character so much. He is always making me giggle or wanting to cry.

If I was to see John walking down the street I would run up and give him a cuddle.
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oh yeah, and what about "It's always sunny in Philly"?
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my only qualm with John Noble's character is that it's kinda 2-dimensional hence, a tad mundane at times. Tis true that he has perfected it but they should write something which allows him to truly show off his acting skills
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I know this may seem cheesy but i reckon "Alphas" and "Spartacus" should be included in the emmys. Plus, there should be a category for best series, actor, etc. for foreign shows e.g. HUSTLE and SHERLOCK



apart from that i agree with most of the nominations mentioned above.
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JOHN NOBLE
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John Noble all the way!
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Noble and Isaacs, of course!!!
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The Emmys are a joke and they wouldn't know talent if it walked up and bit them on the ass. They give them to the same people every year. John Noble should have a shelf full of emmy awards for his portrayal of Walter Bishop. The man brings tears to my eyes with his childlike wonder and innocence. Everytime he is on the screen I just want to hug him. God Bless John Noble, one of the best actors on television.
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Defo John Noble!
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John Noble. No need to think about that!
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John Noble in Fringe it's truly unique indeed!
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The fact that John Noble was not nominated last season is just proof that the Emmys are a joke. He won't be nominated this season either.
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I would love to see Modern Family get nominated for nothing.
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Personally, I would vote for the following: Jphn Noble, Southland, Jason Isaacs and Sarah Rafferty. Although not necessarily in that order.
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If you haven't watched "Happy Endings," do so NOW. If it doesn't make you laugh continually from start to finish .... see a doctor ASAP - cause there's something wrong with you.



Allie Grant on Suburgatory is AMAZING! Watch her and learn what it means to be a GIANT talent in a SMALL part.



Sarah Rafferty should have her own YouTube channel - she's THAT good, and THAT funny! She does in two lines what most actors can't manage to do in 50; and she GETS BETTER WITH EVERY EPISODE of "Suits!" Again - if you haven't seen "Suits," go to the Internet PRONTO, search, find, and WATCH!



And get ready to burst out laughing when Rafferty comes on a scene!
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Great choices. I don't watch all of these shows but I watch /almost/ all of them. Thanks, of course, for mentioning Noble, Pudi and Isaacs, but also for giving some love to Southland and Suits. Suits has yet to disappoint me, what with its sharp writing and strong performances, probably the best original drama on USA at the moment.

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Jason Isaacs performances in Awake was truly outstanding, mesmerising and moving.

I'm really missing the show, so sad to see Jason's work in particular getting assigned to history without recognition.
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I gave up on Fringe after the first season. Does it get better as it goes on?
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Yes, it got better. It peaked during the first half of season 3 in my opinion.
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Yes, absolutely (IMO). Since it will live juuuuust long enough to be eligible for syndication (which is all but certain to happen), I urge you to watch the whole series when it resurfaces. The monster-of-the-week format is largely abandoned for much longer and more interesting arcs. And anyone who doesn't come to love all the characters has something wrong with them.



There are *many* good reasons why it's a true favorite of lots of us here at TV.com, both staff and hoi polloi.

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Yeap, +1!
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Not agreeing on Southland, but pretty much on the same page with rest of them...
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Any actor who can flawlessly act as two completely different versions of the same character deserves at least an emmy nomination... John noble has been snubbed for too long
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In a parallel, perfect universe John Noble has already won a couple of Emmys for his performance on Fringe.
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haha, good one!
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I agree with all of the above, well, except for Parks and Rec.
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John Noble is way overdue for his nomination. He's simply superb. Community deserves a nod too.
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Thankyouthankyouthankyou! John Noble, Southland and Jason Isaacs should WIN!
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Community better at least be nominated this year.
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Definitely John Noble.



And what about Candice Accola from Vampire Diaries?? She took a measly tiny joke of a character and turned her into a fan favorite. Every scene is a joy to watch. Or Paul Wesley who took what was a one dimensional character and turned him on his head this season?



And I would love to see Matt Bomer from White collar win. Just cuz.
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Ashley Rickards and Danny Puddy all the way!
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Enlightened and Glee are not comedies! Just coz some humouous stuff is said or brought up does not make it a comedy! Nurse jackie is a prime example! It is drama with some light sides!

Falco is not rip roaring funny !!! Glee is not a belly buster! Enlightened is rather moreose!!!!

How about Wilford? That is way more funny the the aforementioned!!!!!
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Awkward & Suburgstory! I love them both so much and think Jenna and Tessa would be friends lol Can't forget about Awake either!
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Thanks a million for remembering Southland! It seems like Lucy Liu is at least getting some attention for her excellent performance, but the entire show, from top to bottom, is exceptional.
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DEFINATELY Fringe's John Noble for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series!!!
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Modern Family and it's cast deserve no nominations. They'll get them but they don't deserve them at all. Neither does Jim Parsons, he's talented and everything but lets face the facts Sheldon doesn't have much range in terms of characters development.

Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar deserve to represent TBBT in nominations, both are overlooked.



If I had my way Parks & Rec would win comedy, but Happy Endings would definitely be nominated. Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr. deserve nominations but that won't happen.



John Noble deserves a win more than any other actor out there and Amy Poehler deserves a win. I'd also love Community to get some love somehow, whether it be a Danny Pudi or Gillian Jacobs nomination/win or the show being nominated/winning.



I'm hoping the Emmy people pick up on the love for these smaller audience shows and realise it's not about creating a mediocre comedy and having 10 million viewers every week. It's about niche, smart, witty, fast comedies that unfortunately don't attract the attention they should. I'll be so mad when I read the nominations and find Modern Family has been nominated. And I'll be even more angry if Glee gets a nomination.
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I'm totally with you when it comes to John Noble (even though I'll never understand why he should be nominated for supporting actor since IMHO he's very much of a lead), Emmy Rossum and Jason Isaacs. Apart from that, I'd nominate Jeremy Allen White for Outstanding Supporting or even Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Person of Intersest, Fringe, Shameless and Awake for Best Drama series.
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"I'm totally with you when it comes to John Noble (even though I'll never understand why he should be nominated for supporting actor since IMHO he's very much of a lead"



The same is true for many of the supporting actors, in particular Aaron Paul and Peter Dinklage. Breaking Bad really has two lead characters, and Game of Thrones doesn't really have any. But Dinklage is as close to being a lead character as anyone on GoT, at least in season 2. Community is another show that doesn't really have a lead.
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Fringe should be nominated and win everything.
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I'd love to see Justified get nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.
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I agree that John Noble should be nominated, he is fabulous as Walter but Giancarlo Esposito should win the award. He gave the performance of a lifetime playing Gus. I have been rewatching Happy Endings and I agree it should be nominated, it is so funny. For Parks and Rec though I will be happy if Nick Offerman gets a nod. Ron Swanson is one of the greatest television characters and I can't imagine anyone else attempting to play him.
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DRAG RACE should be nominated!
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Awake, Southland, for sure.

John Noble wasnt as influential in last season of Fringe as the season before so no.

And why Sarah Rafferty in Suits , I barely noticed her.
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Awake All the way

no body else come close
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I think john noble must win an emmy come on!!!!!!!!!!
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Definitely agree on Adam Scott, and on the cast as a whole. Parks and Rec deserves alot more credit than it gets, easily one of the funniest shows on television.
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John Noble is a must in my opinion for nominations, as is Jason Isaacs and Sarah Rafferty. All the people on this list, and others, just back up the fact that the supporting cast are just as vital to a great show as the leads. We can't have a memorable show without all round brilliance.
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Completely agreed on John Noble. It's a travesty. He's living proof of how biased events/awards like the Emmy's can be. The man belongs behind a god damn screen; and there should be such a thing as the ' John Noble award ' to individuals who surpass the ' Outstanding actor ' level of acting god-damn it.
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Agree with all these picks that are shows that I watch, and of the other ones I've heard good things. I'd also like to put Jensen Ackles out there. I know that Supernatural had an incredibly 'meh' season, but he's done such good, underrated work on that show for so long, he deserves some plaudits.
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They're both really good, especially when they're in a scene together. Castiel and Crowley are really good too. When I think about how good those four guys are, I think the show should be much better.
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John Noble, Danny Pudi, and Happy Endings deserve so many awards. It's a shame that because they lack the support in terms of number of viewers, they're neglected. Noble and Pudi are two fabulous actors and Happy Endings seriously makes me laugh without fail every time I watch it.
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I agree with all the nominated people in shows that I watch. That of course might seem like ridiculous favouritism, but if I didn't agree with the nominations I would say so, even if I liked the show itself. If I had to pick one stand out name (and not pick the obvious John Noble), I would pick Emmy Rossum. She has carried her role in a way I didn't believe she could.
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John Noble = YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He needs to be recognized for his greatness. It's one thing if he doesn't win, but if he's not even nominated, that would be a damn shame.
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John Noble is one of the best actors on TV right now so he should definitely win! Anna Torv is the best actress so it would be awesome if she was at least nominated.
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