Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Emmy Semifinalists

The Los Angeles Times awards blog has leaked the semifinalists in both Best Drama and Best Comedy. Emmy voters have a week or so to pare down this list of 10 each down to the five finalists.

In best drama, you have: "Boston Legal," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Heroes," "House," "Lost," "Rome," "The Sopranos" and "24."

Notable series that were left off because, frankly, the Emmy voters tend to be idiots include "Battlestar Galactica," "Rescue Me" and "The Shield."

Of the list that are finalists, "Boston Legal" definitely belongs in the what-are-they-possibly-thinking category. Of the rest, my PERSONAL choice of five would be "FNL," "Lost," "Heroes," "The Sopranos" and, based on its buzz, "Dexter." "Rome" was a fine series but not a finalist, IMHO, and "House" deserves its Emmy noms in the acting categories.

However, the finalist list will almost certainly include "Grey's," "The Sopranos," "FNL," "24" and either "Heroes" or "Lost." If that's the case, I'd love for "FNL," which has been TV's best drama this season (with the exception of "The Shield") to get the win and solidify its place on NBC's roster.

In the comedy category, there is: "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage," "Extras," "My Name Is Earl," "The Office," "Scrubs," "30 Rock," "Two and a Half Men," "Ugly Betty" and "Weeds."

It's a slightly more complete list than the dramas, though Emmy voters dropped the ball in a big way with the omission of "How I Met Your Mother." "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" would also have been fine picks. On the other hand, major props to the voters for putting "Extras" on there.

My final list of the above choices would include "The Office," "Scrubs," "Extras," "Ugly Betty" and probably either "Entourage" or "Weeds." You've got to wonder why "Desperate Housewives," a shell of itself from the first season, is still being bandied about. It just goes to show how out of touch Emmy voters are.

The final list will likely include "The Office," "Men," "Betty," "30 Rock" and probably "Earl," though the Emmy voters may stick one of the pay cable series on the list to show how liberal they are.

Also reported on the site, goldderby.latimes.com, are several rumors among the acting noms, including:

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men"

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "New Adventures of Old Christine"
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives"
Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

James Gandolfini, "Sopranos"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Eddie Izzard, "The Riches"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Denis Leary, "Rescue Me"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

Minnie Driver, "The Riches"
Edie Falco, "Sopranos"

Masi Oka, "Heroes"

CCH Pounder, "The Shield"

John Krasinski, "The Office"

Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty"

For the most part, most of these names would be good choices. The Emmy voters could do better than Hatcher and Driver, however, and in theory, still might. Pounder would be a pleasant surprise, considering how often "The Shield" gets ignored. As much as I enjoy Oka, if "Heroes" gets one nom in the supporting actor category, it should go to Jack Coleman.

We'll pass along any more news when we hear it. Remember, all of the above picks are based on sources whom the LA Times considers reliable, so take from it what you will. The final list of noms comes out July 19, so you can be sure what will be the blog topic that day.

TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: I didn't get to comment last week about "On The Lot," (Fox, 8 p.m.), which is a shame because once again, my man Zach proved to be the class of the field. The most improved filmmaker was the girl who did film about the guy who takes his father-in-law to the doctor's office, a huge improvement over the awful documentary she submitted in the previous round. And say what you will about it, but I liked Will's film about the guy getting brain surgery. Tonight's group of six are submitting horror films.

Various other reality offerings are on the air tonight, but hey, I don't really care about them.


zodin2008 said...

Wow, big news on the Emmy front. Glad you were able to get a hold of that information on what otherwise would be a dull day since there's nothing notable on TV tonight.

I concur with you a lot on your comments regarding best Drama. I give you a giant "AMEN" for your snide remarks aimed at the Emmy folks for once again, ignoring 3 of the best shows on TV: Battelstar, Rescue Me, and The Shield. All 3 of those shows would make my top 5 for Drama this year.

My other two Drama picks are in their top 10 list (Lost and Friday Night Lights) and only "Lights" has a real chance to make the final 5.

I am a big defender of "24" but no way this year should get a nomination but the biggest insult on this list (and once again you hit the nail on the head) is "Boston Legal".

What, if David E. Kelley made a series called, "When Pigs Fly" and it was about flying pigs, would they nominate that? Like Jeff Zucker at NBC, a guy who continues to make horrible decisions and gets promoted, the same could be said about Kelley.

This guy continues to be the WORST WRITER IN THE HISTORY OF BROADCAST TELEVISION and yet the Emmys think this guy's work is "interesting" or "innovative". It depresses me more then Reality junk.

On the comedy side, the 10 semi finalists list is stronger overall, less mistakes, but like the Drama list, they added one giant clusterf--- of a mistake from ABC: "Desperate Housewives", which may officially be the WORST show on Television. Period. (and yes, I realize Housewives has some quality performers like Huffman and Marcia Cross, but the show's writing and the rest of the cast - awful).

I also agree with you again, Phillip, about the snub on the funniest sitcom of the year, "How I Met Your Mother". They continue to nominate the wrong CBS sitcom, "two and a Half Men". The show may have higher ratings but look here Emmy voters, higher ratings does not necessarily mean it's the best sitcom.

It's just means the majority of people who watch Television don't like to think and like mindless, childish humor.

Why do you think "According to Jim" has lasted 7 yrs?

Anyway, I may re-think this on July 19th, but here's my personal Emmy Winners for the 2006-2007 Television season:

Best Drama: "Friday Night Lights"
(runner up - "Rescue Me")

Best Comedy: "How I Met Your Mother"
(runner up - "The Office")

Best Drama Actor: Denis Leary, ("Rescue Me")
(runner up - Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights")

Best Comedy Actor: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock")
(runner up - Steve Carrell, "The Office")

Best Drama Actress: Edie Falco
(runner up - Connie Britton)

Best Comedy Actress: America Ferrerra, "Ugly Betty")
(runner up - Jenna Fischer, "The Office")

Best Drama Supp. Actor: Walton Goggins ("The Shield")
(runner up - Jack Coleman, "Heroes")

Best Comedy Supp. Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, ("How I Met Your Mother")
(runner up - Kevin Dillon, "Entourage")

Best Drama Supp. Actress: Elizabeth Mitchell, ("Lost")
(runner up - Tricia Helfer, "Battlestar")

Best Comedy Supp. Actress: Becki Newton, ("Ugly Betty")
(runner up - Alyson Hannigan, "How I Met Your Mother")

Phillip Ramati said...

Glad you have the free time to reply with such long posts, Zod.

I'll make my Emmy picks after the final ballots are announced, and complain then about who got left off.

zodin2008 said...

I don't appreciate the snide response, Phillip. I am trying to help create discussion on your Blog.

Also, I have a job where I sit on the phone all day so I do a lot of typing while sitting on hold.

But thanks for your opinion.

Phillip Ramati said...

Geez, I was just teasing, man.

We appreciate any and all comments here at the TV Guy.

Hotspur said...

What no "Shield" or "Rescue Me"
disgusting !!!! Morons !!!!