TV.com Top 10: Emmy Nomination Gripes

To be fair, there are some great picks in the 2009 Emmy Nominee mix: Bryan Cranston is nominated for his stellar work in Breaking Bad, Tony Shalhoub is up for his role in Monk and Jim Parsons got a look for The Big Bang Theory. Big Love and Dexter are both nominees in the Outstanding Drama series. And Lost got some well-deserved recognition, too: The fan favorite is a Best Drama contender, as is Michael Emerson in the Supporting Actor category.

But we've got a few bones to pick with the rest of the slate. Here are our gripes in descending order:

10. "Outstanding Host for a Reality Program" is a F***ing Joke
Since when does Ryan Seacrest (or any other reality show host) deserve an Emmy, let alone an Emmy nomination? A reality show host shouldn't be taking the gig to earn an Emmy -- most likely, they should have won one 10-15 years ago in their heyday. But Seacrest would be in it for the statue.

9. Too Many Categories = Waste of Time
So You Think You Can Dance got 4 of 6 nominations in -- you guessed it -- "Outstanding Choreography." Raise your hand if you want enough categories for every show to win at least one award. After all, there are 3 separate categories for "Outstanding Hairstyling."

8. The Comedy Category is Laughable
When Entourage gets nominated over The Big Bang Theory, you know something is wrong. We're happy to see Flight of the Conchords on there, but did Seth MacFarlane really have to mess things up by throwing Family Guy into the ruckus? "Emmy nominated" is "Emmy nominated," Seth. Let's leave our egos at the door.

7. True Diss for True Blood
Go to your nearest water cooler. What show are the people there talking about? What's the program they rush home to watch? What show is single-handedly saving a once mighty network? Yup, it's HBO's True Blood. We know it's campy and silly at times, but it's so damn good we're shocked it didn't garner any nominations, especially for its fantastic young cast. Oh, but it's about vampires, and Emmy voters don't take vampires seriously.

6. Familiar Females
Maybe this is more of a gripe about the lack of shows with female leads, but seriously: Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgwick, Holly Hunter, Mariska Hargitay, and Sally Field... AGAIN? Sure, they're deserving, we won't deny that. But TV better get it together and find some new characters with XX chromosomes, because this is getting boring. And while we're at it, can we get a person of color in a lead role sometime in the next century?

5. Nominee Numbers: Keep It Consistent
7 shows up for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Comedy? Looks like the Emmys are taking a hint from the self-indulgent Academy Awards and upping the numbers because they couldn't make up their mind. Meanwhile, the tedious category "Outstanding Animated Program - Programming One Hour or More" contains a measly 2 nominees. Not cool.

4. 30 Rock: Twenty-Too Many Nominations
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are funny people. Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer are, too. But are they all really the record-breaking, all-time funniest people? Ever? No comedy has ever been nominated for 22 Emmys. 30 Rock shouldn't be, either -- but there's not much else out there to choose from.

3. Battlestar Galactica: Where No Emmy Has Gone Before!
Just about every single critic has, at some point, called Battlestar Galactica one of the best dramas on television. So guess how many major Emmy nominations it will walk away with in its five-year run -- a big fat ZERO (it has been nominated for technical awards, as well as the writing and directing categories). The cast is excellent and it's one of the most important, gripping, relevant shows television has seen in... well, ever. Oh but it's sci-fi, and Emmy voters don't take sci-fi seriously. Time to grow up, guys.

2. Acting Snubs
No Kyle Chandler or Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights. Kristen Wiig over Kristen Schaal? No Rhys Darby? No Alexander Skarsgard for Generation Kill? No Elizabeth Mitchell, Jeremy Davies, January Jones, Marcia Gay Harden or Tate Donovan? Do we need to go on? And seriously Shatner, take a year off, will ya?

1. 30 Rock and Mad Men Special Treatment: It Needs To Stop
Did you know that 30 Rock was nominated for 4 of the 5 spots in the "Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series" category? The one-timer, Flight of the Conchords, might be ecstatic under any other circumstances, but these odds are almost insulting. Lost got the same underhanded snub -- Mad Men got 4 of the 5 nominations in "Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series." Give other shows a chance.

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Eh, you guys have always had an aversion to 30 Rock. It deserves all the acclaim it's getting.
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Its all political. When the same 5 women get voted for 3 years in a row (in shows i'd rather filter my fish tank with) That should raise some eyebrows, but MAD MEN?......Seriously wtf! I've tried to like the show several times, but there is only so much male d*****-bags a person can take. And heaven forbid a full- fantasy contender should enter the realm of the top 7 because that would seriously bring down the quality of the whole show in their minds. They seriously need to pull their heads out of their own butts and smell the sunshine.
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Wow, I totally agree with pretty much everything you've said. The Big Bang Theory is one of the funnyiest show out there, and True Blood has my parents hooked as well. I also agree that Sci-Fi shows need to be treated with respect, once and for all.
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what the!!!!!!!!!!!! where is 24 the best show
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I have to disagree with 8. As much as I like The Big Bang Theory and Entourage didn't have one of their best seasons, Entourage is still a great show. It deserved a nomination and The Big Bang Theory should have got a nomination as well instead of Family Guy. Family Guy should be in the animated category, not this.
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This is all about a clique of people who all know each other very well and give each other hand outs. There is no real consideration its all politics and money. If we nominate this show, or this show wins, then we get xx and the ratings wil increase therefore raising our earnings. Its all a joke and I'm sick of it because there are a lot of really good shows, better than those nominated in some cases that don't get a mention and if you refuse to play the game your show gets cancelled. I don't believe its all about ratings at all!
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This is all about a clique of people who all know each other very well and give each other hand outs. There is no real consideration its all politics and money. If we nominate this show, or this show wins, then we get xx and the ratings wil increase therefore raising our earnings. Its all a joke and I'm sick of it because there are a lot of really good shows, better than those nominated in some cases that don't get a mention and if you refuse to play the game your show gets cancelled. I don't believe its all about ratings at all!
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Am I missing something? It was only a decade ago and the Emmys were stuck in some kind of alternaword where boring shows like Ally McBeal were given awards and the comedy actress category was dominated by Patricia Heaton, Helen Hunt and Jennifer Aniston. And back then The Practice and NYPD Blue were considered cutting edge for Emmy winners/nominees. So even though they still can't get their heads around syfy shows (altho well done to Aus lad Michael Rymer for a BSG directing nomination)... they've come a long way to be now honouring women who really are funny AND good actors, as well as shows that really are 'cutting edge' (Pushing Daisies, Mad Men, In Treatment, etc). So 22 nods to 30 Rock - good. That's one less nomination for Two & Half Men. Give the Emmy voters another decade and they might see their way to the shows copying Big Bang Theory and True Blood.
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They definitely should start taking SciFi seriously, they are basically disregarding a whole genre from the awards - a whole genre that is becoming more and more prominent on television and more and more impressive. Why not replace one of the Hairstyle rewards with a SciFi category? better use of the money it takes to produce the statue. AND you know, it would be nice to see something like Bones getting a nomination - personal preference.
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Why the fear with recognizing Sci-Fi/Fantasy? I thought Hollywood was supposed to be all about imagination?? Nothing is more "out there" than Reality TV and they are CREATING categories for it!
Something is wrong with this picture...
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Thank you. If nothing else I know when I visit tv.com at the end of the day, they will, nearly always, back me up. Back up the true fans of these great, overlooked shows. SERIOUSLY its time to start taking sci fi seriously EMMYs, if you even bothered to pay attention you'd see BSG, for instance, is much more of a drama than scifi - its themes are ABSOLUTELY ABOUT THE HUMAN CONDITION duh!
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It's time for a science fiction/fantasy Emmy/Golden Globe category. They just don't do it for time reasons which is total BS
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there are other shows who deserves more. it does not mean if the viewers of the show is bad, it's a bad show. 30 Rock can't be the whole story. other tv shows deserve a chance.
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i'd take the HIMYM writing team over 30 rock's any day.. Sure this season might not as been as good as the others but the way they connect things and write is worth at least one of 30 rock's nominations in that category.. this 30 rock bandwagon has gone on long enough.. its not worth even watching the emmys anymore since the committees are full of these bandwagonies
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30Rock is a great show, and it does deserve a lot of nominations, but there is NO WAY it is anywhere near as funny as THE BIG BANG THEORY! If Alec Baldwin wins over Jim Parsons, there is something seriously wrong with the universe.
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Anyway, who actually gives a dam about award shows anymore, they hand out nominations and awards like confetti. I just stick to watching the shows... try that, it's much better
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Neil Patrick Harris
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totally agree with you TV.com
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lost and house deserves so much more . i still dont get why madmen is nominated for anything . the last 3 years the emmys became really bad and unfair . there is lots of good actors that didnt get nominated (evangline lily,lee pace,tate donovan, james spader , terry o quin , elizabeth mitchel).



lost and the talented micheal emerson really deserve an emmy
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To add to the list of Emmy snubs: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, and Chi McBride from "Pushing Daisies". And the show itself and Bryan Fuller (he deserves some recognition, please) and the rest of the writing team. And "Life on Mars"'s Jason O'Mara. And "NCIS"'s Mark Harmon.
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I am totally agree with these that you call nominations gripe;it just boring see year after year the same faces and shows nominated.I said that months ago in this web site and the answer was some warning by the people of this site.Years ago i was waiting for the Emmys because i am a huge fan of many tv shows but the years are passing out and it is how i said already same faces and shows i gott enough with:Entourage,30 rock,The Office and Scrubs.Too famous but TWO AND A HALF MEN HAS MUCH MORE RATING that those shows and they get just some nominations once in a while.And i think the same of true blood,mad men etc and some actors and actresses like all the names that Stefanie Lee names here.I am 100% agree with you.
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Yeah I agree completly with all of this I hate all the bogus usless categories, same noms year after year for some categories and this favoring a few select shows like 30 Rock and Mad Menn- (both of which I can't stand!). Give other shows who deserve it a chance like Big Band Theory and True Blood both of which I love!
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The "Friday Night Lights" snub is infuriating. Especially since it had a better season than most of the other shows in the Outstanding Drama category.
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Isn't it time they create a category for the "genre" shows? Seriously, every type of show has its own category. Isn't it time shows like True Blood, Supernatural, Battlestar Gallactica and so on have some recognition? They obviously won't ever make the Best Drama category and it's revolting to see that American Idol, Top Chef or even freakin' Hannah Montana have more chances of winning an Emmy than any of those shows. I'm also glad to see that Breaking Bad, Dexter and Lost have got nominations, but seriously, does Lost, or any of them, stand any chance against Mad Men? It's all just a big joke.
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Kyle Chandler should be nominated for lead male every year fnl is on its a joke that he is not.
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Seriously, Mythbusters is a reality show????
3 Emmys for choreography???? And only 1 or 2 shows really can win it?
A show gets nominated for episode writing 4 times????
Pick 1 episode and go with it!!! Use some common sense Academy!!!!!!!

The Emmys are the BS of all BS award shows.
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30 Rock is frakin hilarious! I'd call it the best comedy on TV...Not better than Seinfeld, because that show is in a class all it's own. But it's definitely better than everything else.
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Got to disagree on 9. Too Many Categories = Waste of Time. Why should the hard work people put in for hair, make-up, lighting, special effects, and YES choreography not be recognized? Bottom line: If you don't care about those awards don't watch them, but they mean something to people in those fields.
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30 Rosk deserves every single nomination
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I said that before, and I'll scream it this time: WHERE THE HELL IS NCIS, DAMMIT?
Now that the fabulous season six is over, the top ratings and the great storyline and cliffhanger were TOTALLY forgotten?!? by everyone, since critics until Emmy voters?!
So, what? They don't take Navy procedural dramas seriously either??
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Denis Leary should have recieved a nomination instead of Simon Baker. While I do like the Mentalist, his acting isn't all that spectacular and the character of Patrick Jane isn't all that noteworthy. I'm crossing my fingers that this will be the year that Hugh Laurie wins for House but Bryan Cranston's work in Breaking Bad will be tough to beat.
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I don't mind there being a reality host category but I don't like how they only choose from those the most watched shows and not pick Kat Deeley and how does Hedi Klum get nomintated for saying hello and good by on that show?
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You make some valid arguments, though I'm sure the host of Survivor will beat Seacrest. Emmy loves reality adventure. Anyway I think Mad Men is a good show, but 30 rock is a bit way to hyped. Yeah sure the show is somewhat funny, but I can think of shows that are much more funnier. This Tina Fey marketing machine kind of has to stop. Seriously EW named her the 3rd funniest person in America. Seriously? Tracy Morgan's funnier then Tina Fey, and their on the same show.
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Really, why do only the big shows get nominated? Where's the love for the shows that are smaller or a little bit more out there like Pushing Daisies, Supernatural, BSG, True Blood those kinds of shows. Where's the suporting actor nom for Misha Collins, The best comedy show for Pusing Daisies? I think anyone who has seen PD can agree that it was better that the Office's last season and definitely better than FG though I do like FG I think it should stay in the animation award section. and i really wanted to see Misha Collins win an award for suporting actor he was amazing as the angel Castiel. It's seems like if a show has one good season it get nominated again next year no matter if that season was less good than some other shows. The only returning ones that I can agree on are Lost which still is awesome as ever, 30 Rock though it did get a lot fo nominations I think most of them are deserved, and Dexter but I'm not sure if that one was nominated last year but I think it was. At least the Emmys will be hosted by NPH this year so that's at least one good thing
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If Neil Patrick Harris and Jim Parsons don't win their respective categories then there is something wrong. Both of those shows are 10 times funnier and better than 30 Rock and the lack of nominations is sad.
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Loving the opening! the entire event is in need of a desperate revamp, it needs reshuffling and reorganising and a higher quality of nominations if it wants people to ever take the event seriously ever again.
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I agree with most of the above article, specially about Battlestar Galactica.
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We all that the emmy nomination troupe are conservative fools so why whine every year about it, afterall awards are nice but the true payoff of a show is its fans who devotedly dote on it at every opportunity. But agree that 30 Rock has been given huge wraps this year to the point of being excessive. Funny yes, the second coming in TV comedy form, I think not!
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I agree with Rescue Me. Maybe it was the year off???

What about James Spader?
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They shouldn't allow a show to have more than one nomination getting through to the final round. just not fair

but on the bright side. woo for Dr. Horrible's Nod. shame there's not a category for their music to be nominated
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And what about "Rsecue Me" and Dennis Leary...truly the best on TV...writing story lines..mix of laughs and cries....simply a great show
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I agree, Elizabeth Mitchell should have been nominated....as should have Amy Brenneman, she blew me away in Private Practice this season!
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Okay, here's my question ... Since NCIS is the #1 show, doesn't it rate at least a nod? 24 is good and so are CSI and Law and Order ... but come ON!! Let's bring in some new "blood" people. Don't the ratings count for something or are all decisions made based on off-camera celebrity popularity? NCIS is going into it's 7th season and going stronger than ever - seems to me there must be a few things about it that they are doing more "outstanding" than the other shows!
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Some very valid points here.
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I totally agree with 8. The Big Bang Theory is the best comedy out there, and Entourage, quite frankly, has never been good.
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The Emmy Awards have become a joke. Pretty much every award show has lost all credibility these days.
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another thing- why are the emmy's geared towards "mainstream" shows (i.e.- the ones with big numbers, ones with extra hype) than the ones that actually deserve it?
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finally! someone who doesn't completely adore and obsess over 30 Rock! Personally I can't stand the show and don't think it's funny at all, but that's just my opinion. I was really upset when it was nominated for everything and so many other shows (like Big Bang) were left out because of it!

I'm also upset that FNL didn't get anything...how can the best drama on television that I have ever seen be so completely ignored?
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Jeremy Davies robbed. So was Edward James Olmos and Anna Paquin
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Emily Descanel is a great actress but again the show overloooked.
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