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Each year when the Emmy nominations are announced, we still manage to bring ourselves to be shocked, outraged, and flabbergasted by them—as if somehow, maybe, the Emmy voters will one day get it right. It's the same process, over and over again: One morning in July, we wake up (way too) early to bang our heads against the wall in disbelief when the names are read. Thus, now that the 2014 Emmy nominees are out, my head is extra sore this morning. 

The Emmy selection process isn't easy. And with so much great television out there there's no such thing as a flawless ballot. But this year's nominations are some of the laziest and most boring selections I've seen in a long time, and that's probably because there's so much exciting television in the world right now. The dusty Emmy voters—and I have no choice but to treat them as a collective, so apologies to those who did vote "correctly"—are notoriously always late to the party, but their transgressions are becoming more and more noticeable with each passing year. They're so short-sighted and robotic with their choices that it's staining the once-prestigious awards beyond repair. In many cases, getting your name on an Emmy nominations ballot is about as significant as being in the phone book.

So now it's time to rage. Hard. Below I've listed my immediate quibbles with this year's nominations, rattling off the snubs and the stupidity. But it's not ALL negative, I've added a section of pleasant surprises in the rare cases that Emmy voters did get it right. 

For your reference: Here is a complete list of the 2014 Emmys nominees.


THE SNUBBERY

No Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black. I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised about this, given the Emmys' traditional aversion to science-fiction television, relative unknowns, and upstart networks, but I thought that might've changed this year since Maslany has won some of the smaller-circuit awards. That's typically the way it goes: Work your way up through the minors and then get a shot at the big time. But not with the stubborn Emmys. There's no doubt she deserved a nomination, but with bigger, more recognizable names ahead of her, it didn't happen. Up yours, proclone Emmy voters. 

No acting nods for Silicon ValleyRecognition for T.J. Miller and Martin Starr was a longshot, but I was almost certain Christopher Evan Welch would earn a posthumous nomination for his fantastic portrayal of Peter Gregory. Welch passed away late last year from lung cancer, but his performance was award-worthy even before the temptation of a good Emmy story came into play. No Welch makes me want to punch things. And I wouldn't have just voted in Thomas Middleditch for a Lead Actor nomination; I had him winning the damned thing. Instead, Emmy voters recognized the faces of Matt LeBlanc, Ricky Gervais, and Don Cheadle and ticked their boxes, even though none of them deserve to be in this category and that's a fact. At least Silicon Valley got nominated for best comedy, I guess?

No The Good WifeUnbelievable. The CBS drama's fifth season was one of its best, and it got denied in the Outstanding Drama category despite being the kind of show that Emmy voters should drool over. I don't get it. Sorry, Emmy voters, but House of Cards and Downton Abbey aren't that good. 

(Almost) no The AmericansSee: The Good Wife, and then quadruple that. To say that The Americans isn't one of the top six dramas on television now is not only dumb, it's downright unpatriotic, you damn Commie Emmy voters. But it's particularly pathetic that Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell were blanked. Let's quietly shove Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery out of the way to make some room, k? And to some extent, the same robbery claims could be applied to Noah Emmerich and Annet Mahendru for a season well acted. I know it's not fair to compare different categories, but even Dog With a Blog got two Emmy nominations (which is more than The Wire ever had, btw). Margo Martindale earning a nod for Guest Actress in a Drama isn't nearly enough. 

No Dean Norris for Under the Dome Breaking BadWith apologies to Aaron Paul, the second-best display of acting skillz in Breaking Bad's final season belonged to Norris. Norris finally received the material he deserved in Season 5B and he absolutely owned it, yet it wasn't good enough to edge him into a category that now includes four return nominees. This may be an unpopular opinion, especially in Kaitlin's house, but Norris should be in there, not Paul. Of all my complaints about this year's nominations, this one is the most painful.

No HannibalI'm not as into the dark NBC drama as others, but a complete shut-out for Hannibal is sad. No, the series probably didn't deserve a spot in the Outstanding Drama or Best Actor categories (I'm just being honest; like I said above, there's a lot of exciting television in the world right now), but it certainly should've been recognized for its technical achievements. Cinematography? Makeup? Outrageous display of food? Something!!! C'mon, Emmy voters.

No Emmy Rossum. Her name is Emmy, for cryin' out loud! And true, Shameless has the problem of being just as much of a drama (if not more of a drama) as it is a comedy, but the same can be said of Orange Is the New Black and its 12 nominations. Rossum belongs in Outstanding Lead Actress more than Melissa McCarthy, Edie Falco, and Lena Dunham. In fact, is anyone sure that Dunham is actually acting? 

No Seacrest. Nooooooooooooooooo! 

No these people and shows: Melissa McBride for The Walking DeadElizabeth Moss for Mad Men, Sarah Baker for Louie, Charles Dance for Game of Thrones, Comedy Central's Broad City and Review, Chris Messina for The Mindy Project, Bellamy Young for Scandal, Hayden Panettiere for NashvilleBoardwalk Empire, Jeffrey Wright for Boardwalk Empire, Wendi McLendon-Covey for The Goldbergs, Taryn Manning for Orange Is the New Black, Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel, Rian Johnson and Michelle McLaren for directing Breaking Bad


THE STUPIDITY

House of Cards received 13 nominations. As I said before, this is not that good of a show. It's not even a good show. It has the appearance of being a good show, but it is not a good show. And it's certainly not good enough of a show to deserve 13 nominations while The Americans gets one (Margo Martindale for Guest Actress in a Drama). This is Exhibit A of Emmy voters seeing recognizable names and immediately reaching for their voting canes.

Stale Downton Abbey received 12 nominations, and past-its-prime Modern Family received 10 nominations. Will someone tell Emmy voters that it's okay to vote for new things? Both these shows have mold on them and have clogged up the Emmys for too long, even into their middling years. 

American Horror Story, miniseries. This bit of stupidity doesn't really have anything to do with today's nominations; it's more that AHS can swallow up awards by being incorrectly submitted as a miniseries, which is a total crock of shit. If almost the entire cast didn't return each season, maybe I could see it being considered a mini, but a change of setting and monsters doesn't mean it's a different series. Quit exploiting the loophole in the Emmys' ancient categorization process, Ryan Murphy!

Anthony Bourdain is nominated for hosting The TasteBourdain's great, but for The Taste and not Parts Unknown? Outstanding Reality Host is the dumbest category of all. 

Sons of Anarchy finally received its Emmy nomination... for Outstanding Original Music? This is actually the second Emmy nomination for the FX series following its 2009 nod for Main Title Music. But really? Outstanding Original Music? Kurt Sutter may finally win that Emmy he's been dying for and it's for writing one of those awful songs.


THE (PLEASANT) SURPRISERY

Cersei Lannister rises. It's about time Emmy voters recognized Lena Headey's work on Game of Thrones. Emilia Clarke has been the go-to choice in previous years, which still boggles me, but this year Headey's sniveling sneer and champion wine-chugging became the Thrones female rep in a very competitive Supporting Actress in a Drama field. 

Let's hear it for the Litchfield ladiesOrange Is the New Black received five acting nominations, including Taylor Schilling for Lead Actress, Kate Mulgrew for Supporting Actress, and Natasha Lyonne, Laverne Cox, and Uzo Aduba for Guest Actress. With so many deserving candidates, there was a chance of cannibalism here, but five is a great number for a series' freshman year. One minor complaint: Taryn Manning wasn't one of those five? I like Natasha Lyonne, but was she better than Manning? Nope. 

Silicon Valley for Best Comedy. Getting into the comedy category in your first year is quite an accomplishment, considering the Emmys' stodgy voters. And now that it's in, it'll be hard to knock out because force of habit is strong with these ones. With the seed planted, Middleditch should find his way into the Lead Actor race next year. 

Allison Tolman. The newcomer Tolman was fantastic in Fargo alongside a cast of huge names, and arguably the best of the bunch. The surprise here is that Emmy voters were willing to choose someone they had never heard of before. And in a category (miniseries) that almost always rewards huge names, seeing Tolman's name next to Julia Roberts', Kathy Bates', and Ellen Burstyn's is great. That in and of itself is cause for celebration. 

Woody Harrelson. Yes, he's a recognizable name, but the chances of him earning a nod were slim with all the attention going to his True Detective co-star Matthew McConaughey. Obviously the winner will be either Bryan Cranston or McConaughey so Harrelson's nomination is mostly moot, but he still deserves his spot on the shortlist. 

Fred Armisen for PortlandiaWow. Just wow! Even though he had to submit as a supporting actor on a show where he plays 90 percent of the characters. 

Kristen Wiig for The Spoils of BabylonShe was amazing in Spoils. I wanted her to sneak into the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy category for this role, but never dreamed it would actually happen. And it didn't, because she didn't submit in that category, but she somehow snagged a nomination for Lead Actress in a Miniseries despite being a supporting actress. And since when did Emmy voters even know that networks like IFC and SundanceTV exist?  


What did you think were the biggest snubs, stupidity, and surprises? 


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also, why no vikings ?
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People are ridiculous. Alfie Allen, to my knowledge, hasn't gotten a single nomination even though he's one of the most convincing (which I presume is the god damn scale upon which god damn good acting is measured on) actors on Game of Thrones.

But yay Lena Headey! One of my faves.
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Katey Segal and Charlie Hunamm deserve something for their hard work making SOA what it is
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The Good Wife, WTF?! I was looking at E! Online's Emmy Nominations slideshow, and Josh Charles went by for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and I started to tear up. So yeah, The Good Wife, seriously?! It still hurts... :(
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like House would say, "you can't always gets what you wanted"
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Hey now Downton abbey isn't stale, they're filming the new series now, it comes out once a year for only 10 episodes. And Modern Family is brilliant, but the Emmy's are not worth watching, it only makes everyone watching it angry
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Modern Family is brilliant

Which Modern Family is that????????
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^lol^ I stopped watching that show after season 3 I think... It feels like it's been on for decades...
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Truth be told, I stopped watching the Emmys (or caring about them) decades ago. Why? Because they're a joke, especially with about a zillion TV channels and a b'zillion TV shows per year to chose from in order to see anything "Emmy worthy." The majority of viewers have never even heard of half the shows nominated, let alone watched more than one or two of them simply since there are so many things to watch every single day of every single year. It was hard enough for viewers to know all of the nominated shows when the Emmy's catered only to the 3 major networks (and then, Frasier would be nominated like clockwork each year, and probably several years after it even aired), but with hundreds of cable channels being added to the mix? Forget it. It was bad enough that all of the nominations started going to shows on the subscription channels like HBO, but now (with rare exceptions) all of them are going to shows on channels that millions of the population don't receive or can't afford to subscribe to. As I said, it's a joke....trying to fit 1000 pounds of baloney into a 10 pound bag.
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I think you will find that a lot of people here have watched 4-6 of the 6 nominees in each of the major categories. But I wonder if the actual Emmy voters have done that. If they had, I think Tatiana Maslany and Keri Russell would have been nominated.

That the nominations are going to cable shows isn't a bad thing. The cable networks are making better TV than the traditional networks.
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I actually really like House of Cards (which is shocking because I loathe politics and all things political).
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House of Cards one of the best political show i ever watched, i do loathe politics, that is why i watch this show, it deserves to be nominated...
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I don't understand the Emmy love for "American Horror Story". It's really not that good. I gave it a fair shot, and it failed. Even the appearance of my all-time favorite singer - Stevie Nicks - couldn't save it. Also, while I don't like the show "Revenge", Emily VanCamp is long-past deserving of SOMETHING! "My Little Ponies" also deserves a nod in the Animated category...and don't even get me started on the woeful lack of "The Walking Dead"...not even in the makeup or special effects categories???

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Justified, Tomothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins should've been nominated. Great show, fantastic cast. Also Hannibal gor snubbed.
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This is what the Emmy Best Actress nominated list SHOULD have looked like.

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Why? Her horrible, distracting accents? Or is it that merely playing more than one role automatically qualifies for awards for some reason? ◔_◔
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Whew..Tatiana and Rossum deserved a a nom as did Shameless.. This was the best season yet and every "child" in that family was outstanding.. SHAMEFUL!
I hope Eva Green gets a nom next year..I don't get it ..why wasn't she eligible...timing? Her performance was frightening.
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Wow Tim, great article. As an absolute television fanatic, my family and friends anticipate the annual Emmy rant, rolling their eyes at what they assume to be my "TV snobbery." Each year I (usually unsuccessfully) attempt to explain why it's not just me, and that the Emmys actually dish out some of the greatest injustices in the entertainment industry. This year is certainly no exception, and in fact, it feels worse than ever before.

Perhaps it's because this pattern of predictably mediocre voting has no end in sight, or perhaps because television audiences are getting smarter and smarter. It's no longer the 1950's when the vast majority of the television audience watches only small handful of shows, and the Emmy voters seem unable to cope with an increasingly diverse audience that has access to a large pool of smart, quality, and equally diverse shows.

The snubs this year were unbearable. In a long, long laundry list of injustices I would definitely place Tatiana Maslany and Orphan Black at the very top. Tatiana is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic current actors, and the fact that the Emmy voters do not recognize the truly incredible work she does on that show is nothing short of disgusting. Disgusting. I wouldn't mind seeing a nod for the wonderful Jordan Gavaris either. The reason this is such a big deal is because Orphan Black is just one example of the (many!) smart shows out there that take advantage of an intelligent TV audience willing to take risks in order to transcend niches and genres, and instead fall under the genre of great television.

I'm not going to name names and say anyone is not deserving of their spot, because everyone is there for a reason. That being said, you summed up the nominations perfectly in one word: LAZY. Lazy, lazy, lazy. Bottom line, I would dare to say the day has come when the viewing intelligence of the audience has surpassed that of that Emmy voter.
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Excellent post.
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All BS!
The League--of course not! Lets nominate Louie which is not funny!
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You must have some truths in what u said, but u lost it all when u said House Of Cards isnt a good show, i stop reading after that...

Ofc i agree with u in most of the things u have written before that, Hannibal deserves Emmys ffs and Tattiana ofc, amazing job in Orphan Black, anyway she got a nomination for golden globes so, shes safe...
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So pissed off that Tatiana didn't get nominated, she is beyond, beyond amazing in orphan black. Modern Family needs to get over itself, there is no way it should always be nominated (and win) a billion times each year. Grrrrr emmys are stupid.
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Poor The Middle. Guess the reason it sucks is that the cast said fuck it, we're not getting an Emmy anyway.

Last year was a fluke.
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The Emmys are as relevant as The Dodo bird on the menu of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Blurp!
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No kerri russel or vera farmiga!
hopeless!
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Not too surprising about Tatiana Maslany tbh, the show is still good but was all over the place compared to season 1. Not going to get a Emmy nod on a lesser season.
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when it comes to the acting nominations it should be only the acting that counts and not the rest of the show, and Tatiana acting is among the best there is at the moment if not the best.
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Maybe not the show it's self but Tatiana herself deserves a nomination at least even if only to be beaten out by another well known but she's damn good playing all those different characters in the show. 6 different characters at times? Not even a Nomination that's a real snub.
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Am I only person who thinks the Netflix shows shouldn't even be considered? They aren't even on TV. Also, they are all overrated anyway. I also don't get nominations for Louie C.K. and Ricky Gervais. They are not funny at all and neither are those shows. It is hard to imagine they couldn't find two other lead actors in a comedy. Literally any other two choices would have been better.
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I disagree actually. This is where TV and technology are going... No more sitting in front of the TV on the couch with a TV tray in front of you. TV on the go, anywhere and everywhere on any device (or TV still) and streaming is where it's at now. It's why all the cable companies are trying to catch up with their own streaming apps. Just because it's not on TV, doesn't mean it's not a TV show... Netflix shows have the same number of episodes as any other TV show has. Plus they need sponsors just like any other show that's on broadcast or basic cable. AND when a show ends, it will most likely go there so people can continue to enjoy it long after it has aired. Hell if it wasn't for Netflix, I wouldn't have started to watch Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, SoA, Scandal, just to name a really small few.
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Why would we care that they're not being broadcast over a TV network? It's the same type of product. It's just the delivery method that's different.

Many of us don't even watch TV broadcasts.
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I'm not going to far as to say award shows are a joke but this is getting stupid. House of Cards had 13 nominations! Come on! I like the show but damn 13? That's a lot. And no The Americans? Including no Keri Russell and JRM is beyond stupid. And why the hell can't Banshee be on this list? Banshee to me is like a hidden gem of a show but I guess that gem is too hard for the emmy people to find.
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I'm not sure I would nominate Banshee for anything this year, but I would definitely have nominated Ivana Miličević last year. Hoon Lee is the one who comes closest this year, but the competition in his category is very tough.
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House of Cards is a good show and for me its equally good as "the good wife"

Rest of the list is meh agree with some and disagree with others.
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House of Cards is a good show.
I can't get over seeing Taylor Schilling listed as lead actress is a comedy. It feels more like a drama but whatever. Billy Bob Thorton's character on Fargo was by far my favorite of the year. That guy can act.
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And you're right about AHS being a miniseries. It wasn't even a good season this year. The last 2 have been very average and I don't think it'll get as good as the first season.
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As usual Modern Family swept the comedy genre awards in more ways than one and, as you said Tim, it's not that great of a show and is very overrated. The real problem with this show being nominated for 10 things all the time is that they usually always win everything they are nominated for, which is nice for them but doesn't give other shows/networks a chance to win anything ever.

I was pleasantly surprised that Sleepy Hollow and Almost Human, two shows I watched religiously this past season, have each gotten one nomination. Woot. I hope they win (even though I am very doubtful) because Sleepy Hollow has killer awesome theme music and Almost Human has very good visual effects.

Sherlock and Downtown Abbey are each nominated several times again this year, which some may feel is excessive, but hey I'm just glad something I watch is actually nominated!

Also, the broadcast tv versus cable tv versus online-only tv is a whole other ball of wax to dive into; local and national news outlets certainly seem to think so...
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The Emmys = the popularity contest for the TV world! But that being said my favourite shows all got noms bar 1, come on Hannibal is one of the best shows on TV and Mads Killed it this season.
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Surprise! Zero nominations for Aden Young, Eva Green, or Tatiana Maslany (not to mention anyone from Hannibal).

Face it: award shows are a joke, and few moreso than the Emmys. Accept it and just stop tuning in -- maybe then, they won't get beaucoup advertising bucks just for jerking themselves off, and will have to do it for the good old fashioned self-gratification instead.
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Rectify and Penny Dreadful weren't eligible this year, actually. But totally agree that those two fine actors definitely deserve to be nominated.
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Penny Dreadful I get (it's pretty new), but why not Rectify?
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I think the eligibility period is June 1 - May 31. This means that neither season 1, nor season 2 is eligible. The former ended on May 20 2013, and the latter started on June 19 2014.
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I didn't know!! I was complaining for the NO nomination of Eva Green too!! hahahahahaha
May I ask why?
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NO Tatiana Maslani and NO Eva Green???!!!!!
I hate you Emmy's...
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It seems like the Emmy Awards voters jumped in a time machine, travelled back and killed the awards. No Maslany, Rossum or The Good Wife? You just shot yourself in the foot, dear Emmy Award.
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Every year I have the same complaints and it will remain the same until the cast of Modern Family retire from old age. The show is so far from being the best sitcom that its 374,000 nominations per year seriously smells like bribery.
And I think someone copy-&-paste-d last years Drama Leading Actress list, I mean seriously, Claire Danes again? I just hope Margulies or Caplan win it.
The snub's for The Good Wife, Hannibal, Emmy Rosum and Tatiana Maslani are a fucking embarrassment to the awards.
The only thing the Emmy's have got going for it is the fact that the voting is still more relevant than the TV.com awards ;) (Fucking stupid ponies!)
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I heard Bruno Mars and Obama both got nominated.

Mars got nominated for his performance at the halftime show at the Super Bowl and Obama got nominated for some kind of YouTube video that got 22 million views.

They'll nominate anyone.
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Wow.. Tatiana Maslany not being nominated is a crime in itself...
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I like Natasha Lyonne, but was she better than Manning? Nope.

Whoah, fighting words... Pennsatucky has me in stitches but Natasha's work is always gold in my book and never fails to wring an emotion out of me, she has also played a larger than life caricature similar to Tucky's in Freeway 2.
Natasha's Nicky has had some moments spouting complex movie and pop culture allegories that sound genuine in their delivery [rare] to a nerd like me and then she can break my heart handing over drugs to Red or comforting Lorna but then Pennsatucky is funny... no Nicky is better.... tucky...nicky...
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As for Orphan Black - all Emmy voters deserve to have cow and horse babies. Nuff said.
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After "sleeping on it", I still can't believe how ridiculous the Emmy award nominations are. TV has changed so much and the award just hasn't kept up. Just look at the plethora of TV press "explaining" all the 2014 nominations that don't make any logical sense, and all the "snub" articles, and of course all the internet outrage.

The situation is a travesty and an embarrassment to the industry. To try to fix this, the Emmys could start by defining sensible categories. Right now "Castle" competes with "Game of Thrones", and TV-M animated series compete with TV-7 on Nickelodeon. (Being a little flexible, like maybe adding and removing categories, is OK if it supports the Emmys' stated goal of recognizing excellence.) The Emmys also should enforce logical restrictions. "Guest star" nominees should not appear as series regulars over multiple seasons. Shows and stars should probably not self-choose categories (especially not change from year-to-year to get a better chance of nomination).

Those changes probably won't prevent the Emmys from seeming to nominate based largely on popularity (to maximize viewers and select favorable demographics for their awards shows), but it would be a welcome start at trying to gain back some respect from the TV viewers they supposedly serve.
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I often think that broadcast tv and cable tv should have separate Emmys because then more broadcast shows would have a chance to be nominated for things. But you make an excellent point about the categories.
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I don't even watch Orphan Black (just because I don't have the channel or Netflix--but eventually!) and I know Tatiana Maslany should have won this award, much less have been nominated.

And I do watch The Good Wife, and its lack of nomination is the most laughable thing on the damn list. It was, hands down, the most consistent and greatest show this year (even better than Breaking Bad, I would argue), especially considering this was its fifth season. Ugh, Emmys. Go home, you're drunk.
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well.. I think Aaron Paul should be nominated! Yes Dean should be aswell ( for Under The Dome haha ) - Aaron didnt win last year and wont win this year aswell cause some dude from GOT is in it aswell ( haha sorry guys I bet GOT is amazing but as a not-watcher I cant hear it anymore )

so I agree with everything but Aaron Paul does deserve it aswell - they should have nominated Dean and kicked out Carter
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I don't understand Tim's distastefulness of Hannibal.... It is an outstanding show and definitely deserved Emmy Nom's (Mads??)
I love Matthew Rhys but Jeff Daniels definitely deserves to be nominated. He is incredible as Will McAvoy, and The Newsroom deserves some love because it is incredible.
It is better than the OVERRATED True Detective... which should be in the Mini-Series category if the likes of AHS and Fargo are, considering they're the exact same format
I'm so happy for Silicon Valley and Fargo's nom's.... well deserved.
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Oh I don't NOT like Hannibal, I just don't like it as much as other people.
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I still don't understand how you can overrate such a blah show like True Detective, it was hardly ground breaking (which many people have commended it for) yet think Hannibal isn't THAT good.
The performances were definitely the most captivating part of True Detective, without Woody and Matthew, it would just be another dreary cop drama, and judging by the casting choices for season 2 (Taylor Kitsch.....Really???) it will be a one season fan favorite like Heroes was.

Hannibal's second season however, was OUTSTANDING, every episode was above average and the finale blew every episode of TD out of the water. even that overrated one-shot-scene in episode four.

I guess i just understand the hype of TD, Fargo had a much more impressive first season and Hannibal is head and shoulders above both of them

Each to their own I guess
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At least they found FARGO. The best in about all categories.
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Nothing for Person Of Interest is disappointing, there have been some terrific performances throughout the last season
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especially in the recent season finale...
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By now, I don't have to check if an article is written by Tim; if it aligns perfectly with my own opinions and what shows I watch, it's a given. Really great having Tim on the writing staff.
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I'm more impressed when you can be won over to a persons opinion by what they write rather that whether it "aligns" with shared opinions, how boring.
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Wait...Dean Norris wasn't nominated? WTF is wrong with you Emmys? He was fantastic in the final season of Breaking Bad. Seriously the first face off between Heisenberg and Hank gave me chills.


But at least they nominated Allison Tolman so that's a major plus.
Still doesn't make up for snubbing Dean Norris though...
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YES this scene is exactly what I think about when he didn't get nominated. Can't believe it. As soon as I saw this episode, I knew it was his year. It's a shame Emmy voters are stubborn and habitual.
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Yes, but Ricky Gervais was nominated. Doesn't that make it all better?

Kidding. In the annals of stupid Emmy nominations, this has to be one of the stupidest.
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The great majority of award shows have been hyped commercial ventures, several of whom belong and were created by the notorious Dick Clark. They are not as much a reflection of what they claim to be; but are there to sell products. This is why I ignore them and so should you.Do not be a Sheep.
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Anybody interested in what Kurt Sutter thought?

http://nikkifinke.com/emmy-snubs-kurt-sutter-feel/
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I disagree. House of Cards was robbed. It deserved at least 14 nominations.
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I agree on so many counts. First, Tatiana Maslany. She's doing terrific work.

Basically no nominations to The Americans? The show is one of the very best shows on TV right now and deserves at least nominations for best drama and best leads for Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell since they are both amazing. In my opinion, probably the best on-screen couple since Willis and Shepherd on Moonlighting.

No Hannibal? Yeah.

And what pisses me probably the most is the 13 nominations for House of Cards. It's at it's best a mediocre show with it's old fourth wall gimmick, and unbelievably stupid and unbelievable characterizations where every character can do what they will regardless of their previous actions. It's not completely BAD show but it's for certain it's not a masterpiece, there's at least half a dozen shows on TV that is better than House of Cards.
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I'm definitely shocked about Tatiana Maslany not getting a nomination. That chick has gotta be working harder than *anybody* on television right now. And she's killing it. Absolutely ridiculous.
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Wow what's with the House of Cards hate? I'll give ya that the show ain't exactly setting the world on fire, but it's much better than most of the crap that's on TV.
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Disappointed to not see Pedro Pascal nominated as a Guest Actor for his amazing portrayal of Oberyn Martell. Not completely surprised, but still disappointed.
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IMO, biggest snub by far. Simply there is no competition, he should have won Guest Actor. Period.
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Biggest snubs: Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel and Tatiana Maslany for Orphan Black . I just can't even.

The Stupidity: OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES Lena Dunham, Girls. Really? Pardon the language but how big is Lena Dunham's wang that people are still on that thing?
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Well I agree with you Tim on almost all of what you said...but....I have to beg to differ, House Of Cards is most definitely a GOOD SHOW!!!!! and deserves a nod....but everything else I would say yes......
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Yep, that seems to be the consistent topic in the comments section! And I know I'm in the minority. But that fourth wall thingy and Spacey's character just irk me, probably unreasonably.
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ROFLOL...:))))))
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