2010 Emmys: who didn't win and why not?

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 31 Aug 2010
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Grey Men in Stale Suits
Randy Jackson & Jimmy Fallon opening the show, with the cast of Glee (in the background).
As you know, the 2010 Emmy Awards took place this Sunday in the US and were on M-Net and M-Net HD last night.

As per always: they needed a smack. The Biggest Slap goes to Mad Men for winning Outstanding Drama Series for a third year row - when it should never have won even twice. The first year I accept because it was new and seemed to have potential but such a marathon win is a joke.

There is no logical reason for it to keep winning. It's the most grey and depressing contemporary show on TV yet it's somehow managed to market itself as being "revolutionary".

I appreciate that the 1960's design of it is impressive but besides that, everything else is so bland and uninspiring it's beyond me why it's regarded as so worthy.

The show has become the ultimate instance of the Emperor's New Clothes a.k.a someone somewhere (most likely: a TV critic) wanted to impress someone and now everyone says they agree - even though no-one actually likes it at all.

Ultimately it's the worst show in the category, which should have been won by much more deserving shows, specifically: Breaking Bad, Dexter and True Blood.

The winners of each category (in red):

Outstanding Drama Series:

Breaking Bad (AMC)
Dexter (Showtime)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Lost (ABC)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (AMC) (Yay, verrry deserving. A third year in a row.)
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights" (DirecTV)
Hugh Laurie, "House" (Fox)
Matthew Fox, "Lost" (ABC)
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series:

Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Glenn Close - Damages (FX) (Should have won instead)
Connie Britton- Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Mariska Hargitay- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
January Jones- Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series:

Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad (AMC) (Ditto Outstanding Lead Actor yay'dom - very deserving too. Would have been wrong if one of them had won without the other - which happened in 2008. Bryan Cranston was nominated and won but Aaron Paul wasn't even tapped on the head.)
Martin Short - Damages (FX)
Terry O'Quinn - Lost (ABC)
Michael Emerson - Lost (ABC)
John Slattery - Mad Men (AMC)
Andre Braugher - Men of a Certain Age (TNT)

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series:

Sharon Gless - Burn Notice (USA)
Rose Byrne - Damages (FX) (Should have won instead.)
Archie Panjabi - The Good Wife (CBS)
Christine Baranski - The Good Wife (CBS)
Christina Hendricks- Mad Men (AMC)
Elisabeth Moss - Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Glee (Fox)
Modern Family (ABC) (Fair enough. Never watched it but I hear it's good.)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series:

Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Matthew Morrison - Glee (Fox)
Tony Shalhoub - Monk (USA)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC) (Should have won seeings as he's leaving the show.)
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lea Michele - Glee (Fox)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime) (Definite yay, - would have been a travesty if she hadn't.)
Amy Poehler - Parks & Recreation (NBC)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Toni Collette - United States of Tara (Showtime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series:


Chris Colfer - Glee (Fox)
Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family (ABC)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC) (Fair enough - he's been in a lot too so needs some recognition. See his TVSA profile for everything he's been in: Eric Stonestreet.)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson during Eric's acceptance speech: tears of joy for a co-star; or devastation at a loss?
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series:

Jane Lynch - Glee (Fox) (Agree - to please Gleeks)
Julie Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Kristen Wiig - Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock (NBC)
Holland Taylor - Two and a Half Men (CBS)

Outstanding Miniseries:

The Pacific (HBO) (Obviously. With Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as producers it could never not have won. Return to Cranford didn't stand a chance)
Masterpiece: Return to Cranford (PBS)

Outstanding Made for Television Movie:

Masterpiece: Endgame (PBS)
Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime)
Moonshot (The History Channel)
The Special Relationship (HBO)
Temple Grandin (HBO)
You Don't Know Jack (HBO) (I don't know jack - haven't seen any of them.)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Jeff Bridges - A Dog Year (HBO)
Ian McKellen - The Prisoner (AMC)
Michael Sheen - The Special Relationship (HBO)
Dennis Quaid - The Special Relationship (HBO)
Al Pacino - You Don't Know Jack (HBO) (Even though I haven't seen it, I agree. Was watching clips from Donnie Brasco again last night and wow'ing while remembering how excellent he is. I know that he is has his usual thang that he does - but whenever he does it, it's brilliant.)

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie:

Maggie Smith - Capturing Mary (HBO)
Joan Allen - Georgia O'Keeffe (Lifetime)
Dame Judi Dench - Masterpiece: Return to Cranford (PBS)
Hope Davis - The Special Relationship(HBO)
Claire Danes - Temple Grandin (HBO) (Okay I suppose. I haven't seen it but I like her - even though she should never have thrown her name away in Baz Lurhman's Romeo + Juliet. I know I'm in the minority with this - but I found it had an annoylingly self-conscious subtext of: "Ooh look at how modern and cool we are," - I didn't enjoy it at all. Sort of like Charlize Theron was in The Italian Job.)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie:

Michael Gambon - Masterpiece: Emma (PBS)
Patrick Stewart - Great Performances: Hamlet (PBS)
Jonathan Pryce - Masterpiece: Return to Cranford (PBS)
David Strathairn - Temple Grandin (HBO)
John Goodman- You Don't Know Jack (HBO) (Should have won because of his excellence in Coen brothers movies)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie:

Kathy Bates - Alice (Syfy) (Should have won because she does the best South African accent out of all international actors. If you've seen The Road To Mecca you'll know what I mean. She also does Steven King pyscho excellently. Julia Ormond's too samey.)
Julia Ormond - Temple Grandin (HBO)
Catherine O'Hara - Temple Grandin (HBO)
Brenda Vaccaro - You Don't Know Jack (HBO)
Susan Sarandon- You Don't Know Jack (HBO)

Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series:

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) (Whatever. Everyone in this category's so the same it doesn't matter who won.)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Program:

Antiques Roadshow (PBS)
Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel)
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC) (Yawn. Enough of Jamie Oliver already. I saw they had him on the cover of DISH magazine recently and couldn't fathom why.)
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List (Bravo) (Should definitely have won instead.)
MythBusters (Discovery Channel)
Undercover Boss (CBS)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Top Chef (Bravo)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Idol (Fox)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime) (Should have won 'cos Heidi Klum never ages a day.)
George Clooney, speeching, receiving the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

Shows in this post: The Primetime Emmy Awards

1 Comment

31 Aug 2010 17:28

THE AMAZING RACE,LOST!!!Modern family is crazy funny

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