Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Emmy Nominations Are Out
Big news about the Emmy nominations is the NBC press statements congratulating Conan O'Brien on snagging a nomination over Jay Leno.
Hey, guys, you dumped the redhead in January and paid him off to the tune of $45 million and in the fall he's joining the opposition with a new talk show on TBS.
And Jay Leno who returned to his Tonight gig after a disastrous period nightly at 10 got nothing. Also, Leno's ratings are now lower than Conan's ever were.
Bigger news was Glee's rapid ascent to must-see status with 19 nominations.
Modern Family took 14 nominations but series star Ed O'Neill was overlooked (I'm hearing he placed his name in the supporting and not the lead actor category).
Also nominated heavily was CBS's new drama series The Good Wife.
And a nice farewell present wen to to Lost with seven nominations.
But other departing series including Law & Order and 24 got shut out which is a real shock. Or maybe these shows stayed around too long.
And ABC's ratings hot duo of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice both got shut out.
One big surprise? The nominations of Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights in the best actor category--they'd been snubbed for their first three seasons. the others? Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).
Best series actress nominations include Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order), January Jones (Mad Men), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).
But remember this: the Emmys don't mean diddley squat.
Stars (like Barbara Stanwyck) have won after their series got cancelled because of anemic ratings. An Emy doesn't necessarily increase a winner's pay packet either.