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Jul 16, 2011

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Nominations: That Show’s Still On?

The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced at the crack of dawn Thursday, causing television fans across the blogosphere to launch into a parade of equal celebration and protest surely to last throughout the summer until the envelopes are opened September 18. The inclusion of formerly ignored shows and actors among the list of this year’s nods matched the amount of gaping snubs for fan favorites, leaving the perennial recognition of awards veterans to go all but unnoticed (sorry, Alec). Here’s a look at the good, the bad, and the WTF for all things Emmy this year’s major categories have to offer.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire
The Good Wife
Mad Men
Friday Night Lights
Dexter
Game of Thrones

Viewers living vicariously in Westeros are no doubt thrilled to see HBO’s fantasy smash Game of Thrones on the Outstanding Drama list, but the heartstring-tugging, long overdue appearance of Friday Night Lights is perhaps the most sentimental nod for this category in recent memory. While Mad Men’s reliably stellar season could garner it a fourth consecutive statue and Boardwalk’s Golden Globe win gives the Prohibition crime saga a slight edge, the always morbidly fantastic Dexter sadly never stands a chance and The Good Wife is likely a bridesmaid at this year’s awards. It may be a long shot, but as Coach Taylor would say, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Hugh Laurie’s ingenious portrayal of the now-iconic misanthropic doc has never snagged him an Emmy, but this year’s ho-hum season of Huddy-filled House isn’t likely to break his losing streak. The absence of three-peat winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad didn’t air new episodes this year, making it ineligible for Emmy consideration) gave room for the welcome inclusion of Timothy Olyphant as Justified’s rogue cowboy cop. Again, Jon Hamm and everything Mad Men are nearly synonymous with the name Emmy by now, but Kyle Chandler proves a dark horse for his stellar work on Friday Night Lights’ final season. Buscemi and Hall? They’ll always have next year.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kathy Bates (Harry’s Law)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Mireille Enos (The Killing)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

While the omission of Mad Men’s January Jones has been met with little protest (or even acknowledgement, for that matter), the outrageous neglect of Sons of Anarchy’s Golden Globe-winning Katey Sagal has plenty of fans ready to go gangbusters on the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. Despite Harry’s Law being neither a drama nor a good show, the great Kathy Bates snuck in on her thespian pedigree alone. Although Mariska Hargitay lacks an Oscar on her mantel, her closetful of Emmys makes her presence on the list of nominations as expected as the sunrise. Yawn. Here’s rooting for Britton, Moss or Margulies, all of whom portray strong, complex female characters with the unwavering conviction Emmy voters and viewers drool over. Unfortunately for Mireille Enos, the rapid decline in The Killing’s credibility after a shaggy dog season all but hammers the nail in her Emmy coffin.

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