Hot off the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences nomination vote-tallying machine, here are the top 10 finalists for Emmy noms in the comedy and drama series heats. The final noms will be announced on Thursday, July 17.
(My 2 cents on the list follows after the jump)
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
Friday Night Lights
OK, starting with comedy.
The Big Glaring Omission here is CBS' "The Big Bang Theory." Readers of On the Air know how hard I fell for the show. All I can say is Emmy voters better make it up in acting noms for "Big Bang" stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco and Simon Helberg, and writing noms for creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and Co.
Some folks will also be upset at the absence of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother."
Going down the official list:
"Curb Your Enthusiasm" -- No argument there.
"Entourage" -- Not the show's strongest season overall but writing is solid.
"Family Guy" -- Never been my cup of tea.
"Flight of the Conchords" -- I gotta give it another try. Didn't grab me at first blush.
"The Office" (pictured right) -- Totally deserving. Should've won last year over "30 Rock."
"Pushing Daisies" -- Loved it at first but later segs got a little uneven, and then of course it was snuffed by the strike.
"30 Rock" -- Just don't get it.
"Two and a Half Men" -- A worthy contender but IMHO "Big Bang" has that little extra zing.
"Ugly Betty" -- Worthy contender
"Weeds" -- High-quality stuff.
As for the dramas, can't ignore the cable influx, again. Some people will complain that AMC's "Breaking Bad" was left out, but I'm not one of them. Interesting that HBO's "Conchords" made it on the comedy side but "In Treatment," which got a big Emmy push from the pay cabler, did not.
I was one of only a handful of people in the universe that enjoyed the heck out of HBO's "John from Cincinnati" but I wouldn't confuse it with an Emmy contender. It was...on a different plane(t). Thank goodness HBO's "The Wire" at long last is getting a little respect. And I'm guessing the inexplicable snub of "Friday Night Lights" for a drama nom in its awe-inspiring first season won't be repeated this year.
Going down the list:
"Boston Legal" -- Huh?
"Damages" -- OK. Seems generous to me but...
"Dexter" -- I'm not in this fan club either but I get why it's up there.
"Friday Night Lights" (pictured left)-- So deserved, even if season two wasn't quite as majestic as season one. This should definitely make the Final 5 if only to make up for last year's crime against television.
"Grey's Anatomy" -- Seen better days. This seems a vote for popularity rather than quality.
"House" -- OK
"Lost" (one of my fave images from season 4 pictured at the bottom of this post) -- Duh! After bagging the big Emmy game in its frosh season, it's been snubbed without even a nom in the top category for the past two. Let's win this one (at least a return to the nominees circle) for Claire, Jin and Charlie.
"Mad Men" (pictured right) -- Totally, 100% deserving of going all the way. What an achievement. I can think of a few dozen other superlatives but I'm still catching my breath from this Sunday's ridiculously over-the-top New York Times Magazine love letter to the show.
"The Tudors" -- Oh come on. This is a guilty pleasure for some, but puh-leeze. I doubt this would've made the top 10 had Fox's "24" or FX's "Rescue Me" not been KO'd by the writers strike. This slot by all rights should have gone to "Law & Order" or "Law & Order: SVU."
"The Wire" (pictured below) -- Let's secure this nom for Omar. You feel me?