While Modern Family and Mad Men held their own this year, new entries FOX’s New Girl, HBO’s Girls and Showtime’s Homeland broke through this year.
At the same time, there’s always going to be some actors and shows that have to make room for the new entries. That’s understandable, but there’s also the surprise entries into the race that make you say “Huh?” or “Nice!” and even, “Wow, they went there.”
Here’s Celebuzz’s picks for the biggest snubs and surprises from 2012’s Emmy nominations.
1. Let’s hear it for the girls! Seven Nominees for Best Actress in a Comedy Series? Realizing it was a great year for women in comedy, Emmy voters nominated seven — yep, seven — actresses for Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Zooey Deschanel for New Girl; Lena Dunham for Girls; Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey for 30 Rock; Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep; Melissa McCarthy for Mike and Molly; and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
2. Dead ‘Men’ nominated. Mad Men did a switcheroo as John Slattery, a nominee from 2008-2011, traded his usual spot in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category with Jared Harris. Harris’ Lane Pryce had the intense suicide storyline this past season, which probably got The Academy’s attention. Slattery will have to sit it out this year.
3. The American Idol slide continues. After its least-watched season of its decade-long run and currently dealing with a much-needed buzz-inducing judge shakeup, the series failed to nab a nom for Outstanding Reality Competition Series. What’s even more eye-opening is what did. Its competition, NBC’s The Voice, snuck in there! Though, nothing can quite dim the light coming off of Ryan Seacrest’s teeth. He nabbed another a nom for… after the break… Outstanding Host.
4. Cable is so much drama. Wow! Cable shows totally shut out broadcast in the Outstanding Drama category with Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Mad Men up with the award. That could just mean that fans have a healthy helping of dramas now, but still there are notable broadcast snubs — such as The Good Wife. Even cable could’ve gotten in a few more with fan faves, The Walking Dead, Dexter and Sons of Anarchy getting passed over.
5. History is made. The cable network best known for its TV documentaries became a scripted player this year with Hatfields & McCoys and it paid off with a nom for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie along with FX’s American Horror Story (which qualified, because it reinvents itself every season).
6. Uma Thurman for her guest stint on NBC’s Smash? Yeah, that was a huge blunder, we mean surprise! Her addition to the series seemed like a late effort to get some of the steam Smash lost over its first several episodes. And Thurman never quite seemed like herself on the small screen –- possibly under acting for the theatrical musical drama. Clearly, movie star name value won out here.
7. What a tribute to Kathryn Joosten! You probably best know her as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives. Joosten’s character died on the show’s final season and then sadly in real life last June at 72 from lung cancer. So, the posthumous nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress is both a surprise and a nice way to honor her long career.
8. Community’s writing gets props. NBC and Sony should be happy, but probably aren’t with this nomination. The NBC underdog comedy got a nomination for its writing, which only brings unwanted attention to the show after its showrunner, Dan Harmon, was unceremoniously fired and replaced earlier this summer. Of course, it’s tough to separate Harmon’s contribution and voice from the series and the nod is probably an acknowledgement from his peers for that reason.
9. Yes, Hader. Bill Hader is used to getting laughs every week on Saturday Night Live. But this morning, only gasps were heard when his name was found in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. If Hader is looking for ways to celebrate, now would be a good time to hit up Stefon.
10. Jeff Probst not even in the race. After winning the Emmy for hosting Survivor in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, America’s favorite adventure tourist isn’t even up for the award this year. Instead, he’s replaced by American treasure and the last of the Golden Girls, Betty White for NBC’s Off Their Rockers.
11. Why Isn’t Ashley Judd ‘Missing’? Judd somehow managed to find a nomination for the short-lived ABC drama Missing — in the Miniseries or Movie category, of all places. We already knew that Becca Winstone could dropkick a baddie with her eyes closed, but this trick is something else. Once again, the Academy has stars in its eyes for movie actors on TV.
12. Very little Glee for the FOX musical series. The fan fave only clocked one major acting award for Guest Actress for Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste. Oh, that can’t be music to the network’s ears.
13. Hugh Laurie gets Housed. After being nominated, yet never winning, an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Lead Actor in 2005, then 2007-2011, Laurie doesn’t get a chance at finally winning this year after the medical drama’s eighth and final season.
14. Mayim Bialik finally blossoms. After spending decades in the business, Bialik picked up her first Emmy nomination this morning for her lovable work on The Big Bang Theory. It’s a well-deserved nom for her portrayal of the nerdy neurobiologist, though part of us wants to believe it was a make up nod for Blossom instead. We can dream, can’t we?
15. Jimmy Kimmel’s year? Kimmel is definitely making the best of this year’s Emmys. On Thursday, he stepped in (wearing pajamas no less) for Parks and Recreation’sNick Offerman when he couldn’t make the nominee presentation, he’s hosting the awards this year and Jimmy Kimmel Live broke into the Outstanding Variety Series category.
Tune into ABC on Sunday, Sept. 23 to see who actually takes the trophies home.
What do you think were the biggest snubs and surprises from this year’s Emmy nominations? Tell us in the comments section below.
Additional reporting by Andy Scott.