UPDATE: 2010 Emmy Nominations: My Wish List (and Share Yours for a Chance to Win TV Swag!)

UPDATE: 2010 Emmy Nominations: My Wish List (and Share Yours for a Chance to Win TV Swag!)

Well, they’ve been announced, and Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, Walton Goggins, The Middle … no nominations. Unbelievable. I’m most bummed about Sagal, who deserved a nomination for Sons of Anarchy‘s first season, and deserved to win for its second. Sigh.

Other snubs: They were numerous, and you can read about them in my feature at TV Squad. And if you want to read the entire list of 2010 Emmy contenders, right down to the costume and hair nominees, check out the 39-page document of nominations at Emmys.org.

More good Emmy-related reads today:

Sons of Anarchy creator (and real-life husband of Katey Sagal) Kurt Sutter‘s blog response to today’s (lack of) nominations

– A round-up of nominee reactions at TV Squad

Analysis from Alan Sepinwall, the go-to TV critic as far as I’m concerned, on the Emmy nominations

What did you think was the day’s biggest snub? Any of the nominations surprise you? Any that you’re particularly happy about?

It’s heeere … well, almost, anyway. Tomorrow morning (8:30AM ET), Community star Joel McHale (who should be a nominee) and Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara (who shouldn’t) will gather at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles to announce the shows and stars that are nominated for the 2010 Emmy Awards. Winners won’t be announced until the Emmy telecast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on August 29 on NBC, but the nomination announcement brings its own round of excitement, and, inevitably, disappointment, as there will always be some well-deserving performances that get overlooked.

Here’s my list of dream picks for who should expect to receive celebratory phone calls tomorrow AM when the Emmy nods are announced (along with a few notes on who/what shows are so not Emmy-worthy). Weigh in with your picks in comments, and tell me the name of the one show or actor or actress who absolutely should not be overlooked by the Emmy folks, in your opinion. Oh yeah, make sure you leave a contact e-mail address along with your comments, because next week (on July 15), I’ll pick one comment maker at random and that person will win a goody box of TV swag!


Outstanding Drama Series
Sons of Anarchy
Breaking Bad
Mad Men

NOTES: Please, no nods for the so-played-out Grey’s Anatomy. Move along, Emmy voters … nothing to see there.

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy)
Timothy Olyphant (Justified)
Kiefer Sutherland (24)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)

NOTE: If Katey Sagal does not get a nomination this season, after being ridiculously overlooked for Sons of Anarchy‘s premiere season, I will lose faith in all that is good and right with the world. Okay, maybe not, but I will definitely have to question the tastes of the Emmy people.

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Walton Goggins (Justified)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
John Goodman (Treme)
Josh Holloway (Lost)

NOTE: Walt Goggins would get a nod for reading the phone book as far as I’m concerned, and he certainly deserves one for Justified‘s fantastic debut season. But it would be really great to see Josh Holloway finally get one for Lost‘s final season, because I think he is the most underrated actor in the show’s run. And I really, really wish there would be a spin-off series with his Sawyer and Ken Leung‘s Miles as buddy cops.

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter)
Joelle Carter (Justified)
Khandi Alexander (Treme)

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Middle
Modern Family
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

NOTE: That’s right, The Middle, which I argue once again is a better show than Modern Family, last season’s critical darling. Reasoning: Modern Family is a great show, with good writing and performances, and which manages to combine humor with heartfelt stories and characters. But the show is also rife with the sorts of comic scenarios that lend themselves to sure-thing hilarity, namely that almost every character is playing against a stereotype. The Middle, meanwhile, manages to do the same thing, but by wringing every ounce of humor and heart out of a show about the average suburban (middle America-suburban, no less, which is often ignored or cajoled by Hollywood) family.

NOTE 2: That’s right, It’s Always Sunny. One of the most underrated comedies on the tube, especially by viewers and critics who haven’t taken the time to suss out the pithy commentary that’s often buried in the show’s silliness. Sunny is often compared to Seinfeld, and like that classic show, Sunny isn’t really a show about nothing.

NOTE 3: And please, skip The Office. To throw the once-great series a nomination at this point would just be out of habit, because, upon honest evaluation, with or without Steve Carell and barring a major comeback for the season ahead, it’s time for The Office to be downsized. Ditto Entourage.

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Joel McHale (Community)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Zachary Levi (Chuck)
Neil Flynn (The Middle)

NOTE: Please, no Charlie Sheen. He’s been playing a slightly less skeevy version of himself on Two and a Half Men all these years, and now that there’s no denying just how skeevy he is in real life, it makes his performance on the show way less funny, way more sad.

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Patricia Heaton (The Middle)
Brooke Elliott (Drop Dead Diva)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)

NOTE: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, again, for The New Adventures of Old Christine? Sigh, no. Couldn’t argue with an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy nod for her role in the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm, though.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Atticus Shaffer (The Middle)
Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

NOTE: This is, easily, the toughest Emmy category, and I could have added at least another dozen names to the list, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ty Burrell from Modern Family, Ken Jeong for Community, Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation, almost every actor on Chuck who isn’t Zach Levi, Chris Colfer and Mark Salling from Glee, Bill Hader and Kenan Thompson for Saturday Night Live, Justin Kirk from Weeds and kid actors like The Middle‘s Charlie McDermott and Modern Family‘s Rico Rodriguez.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Eden Sher (The Middle)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
Lizzie Caplan (Party Down)
Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)

NOTE: If there was a way to nominate not only scene stealer Sher, but the entire kiddie line-up of The Middle and Modern Family, who are probably the least annoying kid stars ever on TV, I’d be for it.

    • Whit said at July 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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    AMEN on the please skip categories… especially The Office and Grey’s. I’ve been a huge Office fan for years, but this season was clearly it’s weakest. I’m also with you on The Middle versus Modern Family. And if Charlie Sheen gets nominated, I’m quitting TV! I’m clueless as to the popularity of Two and a Half Men. I’ve never found it funny.

    I’d love to see “Friday Night Lights” get any respect at the Emmy’s, especially the leads Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton and Zach Gilford for his brilliant turn in “The Son”. I’m realistic, though, and know that won’t happen.

    Jim Parsons for the win!

    All in all, I’m expecting the same predictable list…

    • Caitlin P. said at July 8, 2010 at 10:30 am
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    I LOVE Glee & Nurse Jackie! I would love to see them win in any category 🙂

    • Velvet Dockrill said at July 8, 2010 at 11:05 am
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    Glee and Modern Family FTW!!

    • Ethan said at July 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm
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    I guess I would want The Sarah Silverman Program or Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job to get some kind of recognition. Maybe a nom would convince Comedy Central to pick Sarah Silverman back up?

    • Amy said at July 11, 2010 at 7:55 am
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    I can’t believe they snubbed The Middle. Great casting and so much better than Modern Family!!!!

    • Bonnie said at July 11, 2010 at 11:54 am
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    Jane Lynch is so funny on Glee. Alec Baldwin will probably win again.

    • Judy said at July 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm
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    Katey Sagal didn’t get a nomination? It’s unbelievable that she and the show itself didn’t get some recognition this year!

    • Kim said at July 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm
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    Hey everyone – thanks so much for all the comments! We put the numbers in at Random.org and came up with a winner – it’s Whit! Congrats, Whit, and thanks for your thoughtful comment. And everyone else, thanks again for your insightful, TV-lovin’ thoughts, and stay tuned for more TVScreener.com giveaways!

    • Mary said at August 29, 2010 at 9:35 pm
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    LOve Love Love the Middle

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