Thursday, July 06, 2006

Best & Worst of the Emmy Nominations, part one.

OK, the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, which is breaking news for someone like me who was stuck working at 7am. Plus I'm a TV nerd, so it's exciting either way. There were some surprises, both good and bad, and some boring nominations as well (West Wing, anyone?). Here's a rundown of my favorite noms, as well as my inevitable criticisms:

George-Michael Will Rise Again: With the exception of Two and a Half Men, the Outstanding Comedy category is like a rundown of my husband's and my favorite shows. We recently started familiarizing ourselves with the delightful Scrubs, (To buddies!) as well as the American version of The Office (Happy Birthday, Jesus, Sorry Your Party Was Lame). We've watched the painfully funny Curb Your Enthusiasm for a long time now, and I've begun using the profane Susie Greene as an assertiveness role model. The best, and most unexpected, nomination is for the recently-cancelled Arrested Development. I glared at people for weeks when this show ended, based on the reasoning that they looked like CBS viewers and, consequently, deserved my contempt. Best of luck to AD on August 27th, even if it is the underdog. TBA! TBA!

The House Always Wins: Of the nominees for Outstanding Miniseries, I've only seen Bleak House, but I highly recommend it. Congrats to Gillian Anderson, Charles Dance, and Denis Lawson (aka Wedge Antilles from Star Wars) for their respective nominations as well. If you like British miniseries, I also recommend The Forsyte Saga, which I am in the middle of watching.

Six Feet Under, Resurrected: Although its series finale aired a while ago, I'm glad 6FU got some recognition as the actors move on to other roles. Peter Krause was excellent as the chest-baring man-whore and focal point of the show, Nate Fisher. He also brought the term NARM! into the American lexicon. Television Without Pity even created a shirt for it! Good luck also to Frances Conroy, a brilliant actress who proves that, while slow and dangerous behind the wheel, senior citizens still serve a purpose. Way to go, Frances! Just kidding--she's actually only in her 50's, but played an ostensibly older character on 6FU.

Back in The Magician's Alliance: How awesome is it that Will Arnett, better known as G.O.B. to Arrested Development fans, got nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy? His only decent competition is Jeremy Piven from Entourage, so he really has a chance of going home with an Emmy. The only concern is who his date will be. Marta 1, 2, or 3? Perhaps Franklin? Franklin would give a killer acceptance speech.

Christofuh!!: Michael Imperioli was the only Sopranos cast member to be nominated this year, and with good reason. His hilarious delivery of outrageous lines like "T-Rex in the Garden of Eden? The Bible says it was paradise..." earned him the nod. One-liners like that carried the show through an otherwise lackluster first half-season.

Housewives Shut-out: I love it, I love it, I love it! The fearsome five were nowhere to be seen on the Best Actress in a Comedy category. I'm willing to bet that most, if not all, of them were sitting in their dark, cobwebbed lairs this morning gleefully imagining that the others were left out of the nominations this year. Alfre Woodard earned a nom, but she hasn't annoyed me with her sharp collarbones or interviews concerning her desire to date and/or produce stick-figure offspring.

Oh, snap!: Yay! Jaime Pressly gets a nod for convincing me that hot chicks can actually be funny with her role as Joy on My Name is Earl. Everyone on this show makes me laugh for real, so that fact that her character stands out is a testament to her comedic abilities. Joy is so deliciously nasty, and Pressly wallows in white-trashiness. She reminds me of some of the girls I went to high school with. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the episode where she beats up Juliette Lewis. Good viewing.

Promotion to C-List?: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List got nominated for Outstanding Reality Program, which will hopefully make Star Jones-Reynolds' face pucker just a little bit more. I still think Griffin should be the next co-host on The View, but she may be too good for the show if she wins an Emmy, unlike the rest of those hacks.

Cartoon Trifecta: I love that the Emmys pitted Family Guy, South Park, and The Simpsons against each other, since each show has taken shots at the others in the recent past. I'll be rooting for South Park, for its memorable Chef-killing and Scientology-bashing episode alone. The hybrid car episode was pretty good, too.
The Worst picks will be coming along shortly. I know, I can't wait either.