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The Good, The Bad & The WTF: The Emmy Nominations

Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson woke up very early this morning to announce this year’s Emmy nominations. Unfortunately, they didn’t get to show off their personalities much—the proceedings were austere, as usual, with just a smattering of laughs and giggles, and the whole thing was over in six minutes flat. After the jump, the good, bad, and WTF of the nominations.The Good:

  • Melissa McCarthy being nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy for her role in “Mike & Molly.” We have a feeling this nom was more for “Bridesmaids,” but still. How cute was it when Joshua called her name and she said, “Oh my god, yikes,” and then tried to get it back together quickly to proceed?
  • That Jon Hamm finally has a chance of winning Outstanding Actor in a Drama since, because of the show’s airdates, Bryan Crantson of “Breaking Bad” (who’s won three times) wasn’t nominated.
  • That there was lots of love for the final season of “Friday Night Lights!” The show is up for Outstanding Drama Series, and Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler both got noms for Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Drama.
  • Louis CK getting a nod for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy. He is so freaking hilarious. I also like that Matt LeBlanc got rewarded for the underrated “Episodes” in this category.
  • That Amelia’s new fave guilty pleasure, “Game of Thrones,” was heavily represented.
  • I am not usually on Team Gwyneth Paltrow. But she was great as Holly Holiday on “Glee” and almost singlehandedly kept the second season afloat, in my opinion. So I’m glad she got nommed for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy, along with fellow “Glee” guest stars Kristin Chenoweth and Dot-Marie Jones.
  • Kristen Wiig snatching up the only acting nomination for “Saturday Night Live,” for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
  • Woo hoo for Cat Deeley being nommed for Outstanding Reality TV host.
  • Remember Miss Blankenship, aka Don Draper’s dead secretary? How cool that Randee Heller got nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama.
  • “Mildred Pierce” cleaning up for the mini-series/movie category. Though we also like that the much-maligned “The Kennedys,” which was ditched by The History Channel, got four nominations and can give a little bit of a middle finger to those who wished it to fail.

The Bad:

  • Was it just us, or did the nomination field feel like a redux of 2010, with “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” taking the top slots for Drama and Comedy, respectively, with 19 and 17 nominations?
  • The most represented newcomer in the nominations was “Boardwalk Empire,” a show we feel has been super snoozy. Really, the Academy thinks it deserves 18 nods?
  • The “Modern Family” sweep of supporting actor awards. Four from the show were nommed for Outstanding Supporting Actor and two for Outstanding Supporting Actress. This seems like overkill.
  • Really, no nominations for “Community” at all? Is anyone watching this show? I can’t believe Joel McHale getting snubbed for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • Obviously, “True Blood” is one of our faves. So we’re disappointed that it didn’t get any nominations.
  • Julia Stiles for Outstanding Guest Actress on “Dexter”? She was so meh.

The WTF:

  • Why, oh why, must the nomination special air at 5:35 a.m.? It’s just too early. Plus, I’m so sick of anecdotes from celebrities about how they were fast asleep when the noms come in and heard about it via a congratulations voicemail. Boooring.

What did you think of the Emmy nominations?

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