The series writing and directing noms are always a good bellwether of what shows or individuals are deemed best of breed by industry standards. There's so much politicking and campaigning that goes into the race to grab top series and acting noms. Writing and directing noms are a little more above the fray, though it does seem that Emmy voters sometimes see them as consolation prizes for deserving shows that don't crack the top series categories. To wit, "Battlestar Galactica" (pictured left) was recognized for drama writing and directing, but the show's rabid fans will have to keep the faith until next year to see it break into the top echelon of nominees.
Julian Farino for the "One Day in the Valley" seg of "Entourage"; Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for all the fun they had with Orlando Bloom on "Extras"; Ken Kwapis (pictured right) for the laughed-til-it-hurt "Gay Witch Hunt" edition of "The Office." Emmy voters love a musical episode, as proven by the nom for Will Mackenzie's direction of the "My Musical" seg of "Scrubs." Scott Ellis helped carry the flag for "30 Rock" with "The Breakup" seg. Richard Shepard (pictured left) was duly recognized for his work on the pilot of "Ugly Betty."
The hot list for drama directors includes Felix Alcala, up for the "Exodus, Part 2" ep of "Battlestar Galactica, and David Semel for the "Genesis" installment of "Heroes." On the opposite end of the fantasy scale is Bill D'Elia up for the "Son of the Defender" seg of "Boston Legal."
Peter Berg (pictured left) gets at least some due for the pilot of the undeservedly overlooked "Friday Night Lights." Jack Bender (pictured right) wasn't overlooked for his yeoman's work on the "Through the Looking Glass" finale of "Lost." Alan Taylor secured a berth for "The Sopranos" with the "Kennedy and Heidi" ep. And it seems there's an Emmy bylaw that Thomas Schlamme must get nommed, and so this year he got it for the pilot of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
Among the comedy scribe tribe, "Office" and "30 Rock" scored two apiece, leaving room for Rick Gervais and Stephen Merchant for the "Daniel Radcliffe" seg of "Extras" (pictured right). "Office" exec producer Greg Daniels (pictured left) is up for "Gay Witch Hunt"; Michael Schur of "Office" is up for "The Negotiation."
Tina Fey's multiple noms include a writing bid for the "Tracy Does Conan" seg of "30 Rock." Robert Carlock bagged one for the "Jack-Tor" episode of "30 Rock." On the drama side, "Battlestar Galactica" captain Ronald Moore (pictured right) is up for the "Occupation/Precipce" seg of the Sci Fi Channel cult fave. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse got a nod for the elegiac "Through the Looking Glass" two-hour finale seg of "Lost." And the rest went to "Sopranos," including David Chase for the much-debated finale seg, "Made in America." Chase is also up for cowriting the "Kennedy and Heidi" seg (the one where Christopher dies) with Matthew Weiner, who's riding high this week on the rave reviews for "Mad Men." Terence Winter, no stranger to Emmy noms for his work on "Sopranos," is up for the seg "The Second Coming."
So there you have it, state of the art 2007. Congrats to all.