This morning, the Primetime Emmy nominations were announced and, as usual, there were few surprises. The Lead Actor in a Drama series category is especially competitive, in my TV-obsessed opinion, with “Mad Men”‘s Jon Hamm facing off against critical faves Hugh Laurie (“House”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), and Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” my current favorite show) — Matthew Fox (“Lost”) scored his first nomination, as did Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”). I love me some Don Draper and Dexter Morgan, but I’m pulling for Cranston, who plays Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” but like I said, I have a meth-like addiction to that show. Not that I know what meth addiction is like.Comedic besties Amy Poehler (“Parks & Recreation”) and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) are going toe-to-toe in the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category, as is first-time nominee Lea Michelle from “Glee,” one of the most popular shows in the running, with 19 nominations. Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Toni Collette (“The United States of Tara”), and Julie Louis-Dreyfus (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) round out that category, but I suspect Fey has this one in the bag yet again.
There are two types of people — those who think January Jones is a crap actress and those who think she’s the bomb. The Emmy committee apparently is in the latter camp, as the “Mad Men” actress is a nominee in the Best Actress In A Drama category, going up against the usual suspects — Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”), Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”), Glenn Close (“Damages”), and Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) — as well as one newcomer, “Friday Night Lights” actress Connie Britton. The FOX show is certainly getting its due, no?
But what about Jones’ “Mad Men” co-star, Elisabeth Moss? She’s nominated in the Supporting Actress (Drama) category alongside surprise nominee Christina Hendricks! I suspect the two of them will split the votes and the award will go to one of the other nominees, none of whom I care about.
The Emmy committee is clearly “with Coco.” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” picked up two nominations — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing — whereas Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, which was submitted by NBC, was not. Eek.
I have to say, the category I am most excited about, as a new fan of “Breaking Bad,” is Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Aaron Paul, who plays a meth head/dealer on the show, is nominated and I, for one, hope he wins. Having watched all three seasons of the show very recently and in the span of less than two weeks, I can safely say his portrayal has shown tremendous growth as an actor. Also, I want to bone him. He’ll have to contend with the refined acting chops of his older, more seasoned competitors — like Terry O’Quinn from “Lost” and John Slattery from “Mad Men” — but I think the supporting categories are more apt to reward rising stars. Fingers crossed.
Other notable nominees include “Glee”‘s Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, and Jane Lynch (a shoo-in to win, in my opinion), three dudes in the supporting category from “Modern Family,” Betty White (for her “Saturday Night Live” guest appearance), and Claire Danes (“Temple Grandin”). “True Blood” was nominated for Best Drama Series, but didn’t score any acting nominations, which is a surprise, considering Anna Paquin won Best Actress last year.
Who are you most excited to see get a nomination? Who do you think was overlooked? For a full list of the nominees, click here.