As part of ABPW’s Emmy-Nominated Weekend, I think it’s important that we acknowledge those shows and actors who did fantastic jobs in the past year, yet did not receive much—or any—Emmy love. In this post, I’ll list a few of the people who were robbed of Emmy gold, as well as shows that were snubbed of praise. As always, we want to know what you think!
Parks and Recreation, Outstanding Comedy Series
I’m just going to go ahead and get the big one out of the way. Whether or not Parks was set to win the actual Emmy, the fact that it was not even nominated depresses me to no end. Here is a show that had a near stellar season, with flawless acting, beyond hilarious moments, and just the right amount of pathos to make us fall in love with the show without becoming cheesy or dated. I just also need to point out that Parks did get a nomination for Best Lead Actress (Amy Poehler), as well as two writing nominations for “The Debate” and “Win, Lose, or Draw”. How a show can get three nominations in such prominent categories and somehow not be nominated for Best Comedy Series is baffling to me. Anyway, moving on.
Community, Outstanding Comedy Series
Community is clearly a beloved fan favorite, but for some reason continues to strike out at the Emmys. This truly is shocking, seeing as it just finished its strongest and most talked-about season yet. My favorite episode, “Remedial Chaos Theory”, did rightfully get nominated in the writing category. But with such a strong cast, as well as the powerful writing team led by Dan Harmon, it really is a shame that the show has not yet been recognized as a contender for Best Comedy Series.
Nick Offerman, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Year after year, the legendary character of Ron Swanson goes unnoticed, and year after year, I fear that Offerman will fall victim to the same situation as that of Steve Carell. Ron Swanson is iconic and Nick Offerman is a gem who deserves proper recognition for his portrayal of the character. Obviously, Modern Family dominated in the supporting category, which frankly I find a bit unfair. I admit wholeheartedly that those men deserve to be on that list, but by nominating all four every year, the academy robs several incredibly eligible actors from being acknowledged. Indeed, with so many nominations going to Modern Family, there must be some way to compromise and give at least an opportunity for another show’s actor to receive recognition.
Jane Krakowski, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney is yet another iconic character that has to be acknowledged. Krakowski’s portrayal of Jenna is unparalleled, as we find her haughty and self-righteous, yet also incredibly endearing. Jane Krakowski has indeed been nominated before for her role on the show, so she has at least obtained some recognition, but she continues to shine with each season and frankly, I think this year saw her best performances to date.
Hugh Laurie, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Another Steve Carell situation here. Laurie’s eight-year run on the acclaimed show House has gotten him six nominations throughout the years in the lead actor category, although he never won. However, in the show’s eighth and final season, neither Laurie nor the show received a nomination. I watch House lightly and am not the greatest fan, but I do know with certainty that Laurie’s performance on the show cannot be ignored, especially after ending the series completely. I see how he might have been overlooked though, due to the sheer epic nature of the other nominees.
Of course, there are shows I don’t watch, so there may be many other actors and shows that deserve proper recognition. I understand that The Walking Dead is a fan favorite and many people seem to be surprised by its lack of a nomination in the Best Drama Series category. Many are also saying Eliza Coupe from ABC’s Happy Endings was warranted a nomination. There also seems to be a lot of criticism surrounding Timothy Olyphant’s snub for his role on FX’s Justified.
Who else got robbed during this award season? Who would you like to see take home Emmy gold? Let us know!