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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

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.

When NPH and Joss Whedon Went to ‘Glee’

Here it is, a sneak of tonight’s new Glee, which is directed by Joss Whedon and guest stars Neil Patrick Harris. Not only is the How I Met Your Mother star at his NPH best as Bryan Ryan, a high school rival who made Mr. Schuester’s teen years hell, but he also does a duet with Matthew Morrison on Aerosmith‘s “Dream On.”

Channel Surfing – April 28, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– He’s contractually obligated to not appear on TV until after May 1, so Conan O’Brien won’t talk about the Tonight Show saga … until May 2, on 60 Minutes, in an interview with Steve Kroft.

– There’s certainly no lack of famous types in need of rehab after public meltdowns, and says that means the producers of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew are going after big names like Heather Locklear, Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller and the trainwreck that is Lindsay Lohan to join the cast for next season.

West Wing star Allison Janney will guest star in the May 11 episode of Lost, but the bigger news is that that episode will finally, supposedly, answer all our questions about the Locke-ness monster.

– If you’re a 30 Rock fan and you’re in New York, here’s a great way to spend a few hours: Time Out New York magazine’s 30 Rock Walk.

Adam Lambert has been the best guest mentor on American Idol this season, and I think he’s the best candidate so far to replace Simon Cowell at the judges’ table next season, but alas, he’s not interested.

– Add another TV name to the upcoming Smurfs big-screen movie: Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens.

True Blood fans, no need to wait ’till June 13 for new episodes. There’s a new minisode at right now.

James Franco did it, Julianne Moore did it for a day and David Hasselhoff is going to do it; now add Sean Young to the list of big-screen stars who’ve gone to daytime, as Young will be joining the cast of The Young and the Restless in June.

– Buzz is that Desperate Housewives may be renewed for two more seasons on ABC, after which it would ride off into that big TV graveyard in the sky. Anyone else think it’s sort of played out already? How many big mysteries can one little neighborhood have? Really, Marc Cherry.

Glee fans are lovin’ the show’s music, and Billboard mag points out that there have been plenty of other TV series that have used music as part of their success stories.

– Is America’s Got Talent judge and Celebrity Apprentice alum Piers Morgan the next Babs Walters?

– Former NBC and now TNT cop drama Southland will live on for a third season.

– He’ll be a part of the Parks and Recreation cast next season, and Brothers and Sisters star Rob Lowe is making a guest stop in Californication first. Lowe will play an actor who’s a leading candidate to play Hank Moody (David Duchovny) in the movie version of Hank’s book.

– If all the foodie programming on Food Network and TLC still aren’t satiating your appetite, get ready for the Cooking Channel, which launches on May 31.

– And fantastic news: Mrs. Dexter, a.k.a. Jennifer Carpenter, says her hubby, her Dexter co-star Michael C. Hall, is fully recovered from his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Channel Surfing – April 26, 2010

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– Kudos to NBC for the get-well message to Celebrity Apprentice contestant Bret Michaels at the end of last night’s show. Not so much for Apprentice host Donald Trump, who’s spouting off today about the supposed negative prognosis for the rocker and his brain hemorrhage … often he’s amusing, but sometimes, Trump should just keep his mouth shut.

Madonna got her own episode of Glee, and now Britney Spears wants one, too. And series creator Ryan Murphy says he’s into the idea.

– More Glee news: Murphy’s description of this summer’s Glee tour makes it sound like it’ll be sort of a live performance of a TV episode.

– has a first look at Rob Lowe and Party Down‘s Adam Scott as the new cast members of the most improved show of the season, Parks and Recreation, which means season three could be even better.

– Another show that’s likely to be even better in its third season: FX’s Sons of Anarchy, which started filming on season three last week. The new season, set to premiere this fall, will feature Hal Holbrook playing the father of (the so Emmy-worthy) Katey Sagal‘s Gemma. Holbrook, whose last TV guest gig was on ER in 2008, was married to Designing Women star Dixie Carter, who died earlier this month.

– And a show I hope improves upon its last season, which was the lamest in the show’s history: Entourage, which makes its seventh season premiere on June 27, along with season two of Hung and season three of True Blood. According to the current plan for Entourage, by the way, season seven will be the show’s penultimate one, with a big-screen Entourage movie in development for after the show’s eighth season.

– After a year on The CW, the Daytime Emmys are headed to CBS. They’ll air live – from Las Vegas, for the first time – on June 27.

– The Lost series finale just keeps getting bigger. ABC will now air the Lost two-hour pilot on May 22, the night before the series ender that (hopefully) will answer most of fans’ big lingering questions.

– If you have HDNet, check out the list of awesome performers the channel will host for concerts in May and June, including Green Day, Paul McCartney, Jack Johnson and John Legend.

– One of my fave TV critics, Alan Sepinwall, says the last six season three episodes of Chuck, which begin airing tonight (8PM ET, NBC) are even better, thanks to the Chuck and Sarah romance.

– And Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser is definitely the opposite of those people on Hoarders, but he may be taking it too far: He has no toilet in his house.

Whatchu Talkin’ ‘Bout, Willis? When The Hoff & Classic TV Stars Met ‘Glee’

Here’s a preview of this Sunday’s annual TV Land Awards (9PM ET, TV Land), where the cast of Glee gets the Future Classic Award. As a nod to the show and the cast’s cover of Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the network has gathered a group of classic tube stars – lead by David Hasselhoff and Taxi star Marilu Henner – do put their own Glee-ful spin on the tune.

Among the other singers: Todd “Willis” Bridges, Joyce “Janet” Dewitt, Jamie “Klinger” Farr, Marla “Florence” Gibbs, Howard “Johnny Fever” Hesseman, Shirley “Shirley Partridge” Jones, Richard “Al” Karn, Richard “Bull” Moll, Marion “Mrs. C” Ross, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, Marcia “Carol” and “Edna Krabappel” Wallace and Fred “Jerry Hubbard” Willard.

TV Land Awards Glee Club performs “Don’t Stop Believin'” featuring David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner
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