Really, really ridiculously good looking people.
What went right:
- Noms for Lena Dunham and Girls, my favorite new TV comedy.
- The Office earns zero noms, after a truly terrible Michael Scott-less season.
- Nom for Max Greenfield, the MVP of New Girl.
- Glee shut out of all major categories after a lukewarm senior year.
- Nom for Mad Men’s Jared Harris as Best Supporting Actor (Drama). Such a brilliantly tragic tour de force as Lane Pryce.
- Seven women up for Best Actress (Comedy). It’s a great time for funny girls on television.
What went wrong:
- Seven women up for Best Actress (Comedy). A tad too many, perhaps? Do we really need both Edie Falco and Melissa McCarthy here?
- No Best Comedy nom for Parks and Recreation. This is still my favorite show, and deserves either Curb’s or Big Bang’s spot.
- Broadcast and basic cable channels don’t stand a chance against premium. You shouldn’t have to be rich to enjoy good TV, but the cream of the crop grows on one channel: HBO.
- The complete and total Modern Family monopoly in Best Supporting Actor (Comedy). Give somebody else a chance! Max Greenfield, it’s all on you.
- Jon Cryer (Why? Just… why)
- Downton Abbey
There’s just no love for:
- Ron Swanson.
Could it be…?
- …Jon Hamm’s year. He is repeatedly nominated, and repeatedly loses to Bryan Cranston (and in Cranston’s absence last year, Steve Buscemi). Come on, what does a brooding ad executive have to do to get an Emmy around here? Dress up like a sexy baseball player?
Looks like it. Fifth time’s the charm?
This Week’s Cover: Jon Hamm and Co. gear up for the return of ‘Mad Men’
Another nice EW cover this week with a sharp shot of Jon Hamm, who I just saw last night in Friends With Kids (more on that later). Forget basketball: March madness is all about Don Draper.