Chuck Ross

Emmy Nominations: I’m Pleased. I’m Pissed. How Do YOU Feel?

Jul 16, 2009

The most outstanding nomination of the day: “The Family Guy” as most Outstanding Comedy Series.

I also liked the nomination of “How I Met Your Mother” in that category. Well-deserved.

I’m pissed about the overlooking of “The Shield” and “Battlestar Galactica,” two outstanding series that both ended their runs with easily Emmy-winning worthy seasons.

And a long-time favorite of mine, “24,” had its best season in several years but was snubbed.

On the acting side, both Kiefer Sutherland of “24” and Michael Chiklis of “The Shield,”—both former Emmy-winners—were certainly worthy of nominations this year for the new, dark places they took their characters. (Sutherland was nominated for last season’s "24" movie, which was some consolation…)

And don’t even get me started about the snub of “Rescue Me” in too many categories—but hooray for the courageous Michael J. Fox, nominated for his guest appearance on that series.

I was surprised (shame on me for having not enough faith in the Academy), though very pleased, that Elisabeth Moss was recognized for her brilliant work in “Mad Men,” but what about Jeanne Tripplehorn, who is the best thing about almost anything she is in, especially “Big Love”? (Though she did get a nod for “Grey Gardens.”)

Not to make too much of a point about who rules the remote control in my roost, but any morning when one can wake up and see that “The Simpsons,” “iCarly,” “Hannah Montana,” "Spongebob Squarepants" and the aforementioned “Family Guy” all get Emmy nominations is a good one.

I could go on and on (good for nominee Holly Hunter, who delivers a wonderful performance of a fascinatingly screwed-up character week-in and week-out on “Saving Grace,” jeers for the snub of Tim Roth, an almost always under-rated actor, on “Lie to Me”), but, please, let me know how you feel about these Emmy nominations.


  1. I was pleased to see Elizabeth Moss nominated, but how did the Academy overlook January Jones’ equally outstanding job this season on “Mad Men.”
    I’m also amazed the Academy went for Kiefer’s sub-par performance in “24: Redemption” rather than his performance during the season; perhaps his people just submitted particularly bad episodes for consideration…

  2. jeers for the snub of William Petersen… CSI has been ignored in the nominations for years but this being his last season with some great episodes one would have thought he would finally have been recognized!

  3. Personally, I was elated to see the Emmy nomination listings because I was on the list!!!
    I was pissed though, because they got my name wrong – “Robert “C” Case was listed instead of Robert “G” Case for Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming….
    But I’m not bitching – I made the list!!!!

  4. The Simpsons should be on tv much more often

  5. A awesome Show to be fair.

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