Emmys Are Here! The Emmys Are Here!
that time of year again, when some poor actors are dragged
out of bed at a relatively ungodly hour (at least on our western
half of the country), and made to read off a list of people
who might possibly receive a little gold statue. That’s
right, they’ve just announced the nominee’s for
the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards.
I cut Patrick Dempsey out of the picture.
It was either him or Katherine Heigl.
(in my very humble opinion) has gotten so much better these
last years, with new shows and concepts like Lost
and Prison Break, that I do have to respect the
ability the committee had in actually whittling down what
was probably a HUGE list of possible nominees, down to only
five per category. And I have to say, looking at some of
the choices, I completely agree with them.
disagree. Otherwise, this article would be very boring.
for Best Drama Series: Grey's Anatomy,
ABC; House, Fox; The Sopranos, HBO; 24,
Fox; The West Wing, NBC.
a show missing from this list, the very popular show that
won this award last year. Why is Lost lost? Well,
it has gotten a lot more complicated this season, and while
the raving fans love the twists and turns, the people that
attempted to review the show probably got, well, lost, and
couldn’t figure out what was going on, especially
based on one episode, which is all the reviewers get, I
believe. Phew. That sentence was as complex as the show.
Plus, even some of us diehard fans are a little weary of
the massive hairpin turns that keep coming up. I’m
getting a little carsick myself, so I can understand Lost
being left off this list. I can forgive the Academy this
oversight. But just this once.
of what DID get nominated, the only show I haven’t
actually seen this season is The Sopranos, and
I will refrain from commenting upon it. The rest of the
shows I’ve watched in their entirety, and have found
them to be entirely too enjoyable for their own good. Grey’s
Anatomy, for example, is utterly engaging as we watch
the hapless interns do and say things that I could hardly
dream of, but also go through some tragic pain, losses,
and the drama of life at a hospital. I’ve found it
a refreshing replacement for the drudge that ER
of course, is just as delightful, but for the sheer orneriness
(is that a word… spell check says it is…) of
Hugh Laurie’s Dr. House. If I could be that blunt
about people’s intelligence, well, I probably wouldn’t
be employed, as I’m not as smart as he is. But still,
it’s a delightfully refreshing change from the sometimes
dreary sappiness of TV doctors with their patients.
of course, 24. During the course of this season,
I have chewed my nails, gaped at the screen, winced, cheered,
and at the end, jumped up and down all over my living room
in complete, mad glee at the fate of President Logan. It
was a thrilling, non-stop season of action, excitement,
revenge, guns, gas, and explosions. Like Pirates
of the Caribbean, only without the pirates and
stuff. Worthy of a nomination, and of a win.
West Wing… ah, my delightful politicians. A show
that, in its heyday, was a haven of excellent writing and
acting, and a true example of some of the finest television
ever produced. This has been its swan song, with the loss
of actor John Spencer, and the end of the Bartlett Administration.
It was a good ride, and while this wasn’t their best
season it was still a powerful and interesting year, and
if not worthy of an Emmy by itself, then the series is worth
one as a whole.
The hope: Any of the four network shows
could win, and I’d be thrilled.
The prediction: Grey’s Anatomy.
The writing, acting, and stories are too good to pass up.
Meaning, I’ll be happy.
Series: Arrested Development, Fox; Curb
Your Enthusiasm, HBO; The Office, NBC; Scrubs,
NBC; Two and a Half Men, CBS.
out for the wrench blade!
beginning to get annoyed. And I’m not sure who to
blame: the Academy or the cable companies. Because for so
many years, we keep seeing these cable television shows
getting nominated, but since they show on premium channels,
your average Joe Schmoe can’t actually see them to
rate how good they are. And by the time the DVDs come out,
it’s too damn late to give an opinion on an Emmy nomination
list. So sadly, while I keep hearing about Curb Your
Enthusiasm (and for the below and above categories,
The Sopranos, Huff and Six Feet Under)
I’m not able to actually say anything but "I
hear they’re not too shabby.”
rant aside, Two and a Half Men needs to be kicked
off this list. Preferably by an NFL kicker, who can possibly
get the damn thing out of the stadium. Because every time
I’ve seen this show, it has been absolutely anything
but entertaining. There have been a few moments when I’ve
given a snort of amusement, but nothing that had me rolling
in the aisles like Scrubs, and scenes from The
of Two and a Half Idiots, I would have been thrilled
to see the freshman comedy How I Met Your Mother
on this list. If you haven’t seen it, you should really
give it a shot, as the idea is delightfully different, and
the characters are delightfully quirky. And while I know
it didn’t happen, Neil Patrick Harris needs an Emmy
nomination for best supporting actor, because he’s
by far the scene stealer in the show. My friends and I have
been played “Haaaaave you met Ted?” all season
since I’ve been denied the pleasure of HIMYM
(pronounce that!) of the three remaining shows, I’m
simply going to say that my vote rests with Scrubs.
While Arrested Development is good, and really
deserves an Emmy-award winning exit, and while The Office
is my cubicle times 3, Scrubs really strikes me
as just a simple, heartwarmingly hysterical television show,
and it really deserves some credit this year.
The Prediction: Two and a Half Men.
Because the Academy likes to piss me off.