Despite all the good news with today’s infusion of fresh blood at the Emmy Nominations, there were still some maddening omissions. For every wonderful Glee nomination, there was no love for Cougar Town or Fringe or their wonderful casts. And it doesn’t get any better in the reality categories with So You Think You Can Dance and Rupaul’s Drag Race being ignored in favor of the tired Amazing Race, the lackluster seasons of Project Runway and the atrocious year that American Idol had. That said, it’s time for another one of my lists. Take a look at my picks for the most glaringly upsetting Emmy snubs below.
1. Courtney Cox Arquette- after being denied some Emmy love for all 10 seasons of Friends, Courtney gets dissed again despite her hilarious and heartfelt work on the most underrated new show of last year Cougar Town. She leads a crack ensemble (also ignored by Emmy this year, argh) in one of the strongest comedies around. Come on Emmys, wake up!
2. Survivor- the grand daddy of all reality shows had the best season of any reality competition show this year with its incredibly entertaining and fascinating “Heroes v. Villains” cycle. Not only should it have been nominated, it deserved to win this year. (At least they have that one trophy from back in 2001).
3. So You Think You Can Dance & Cat Deeley: Cat is easily the most likable reality host around and arguable the best this side of Survivor’s Jeff Probst. She’s a mother hen, stands up for her charges and calls out the judges and the audience, doing it all with gorgeous flair and finesse. And her show SYTYCD is clearly the best and most relevant talent competition on the air. It should’ve taken the place of either Idol, Runway or The Race.
4. John Noble: as the insanely interesting and maddeningly irreverent genius Walter Bishop on Fringe, Noble is in a class of his own. He’s hilarious, infuriating, inventive and can bring a tear to your eye at any moment. I’d say he’s the only one who could’ve give Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn a run for his money in the Drama Supporting Actor Race.
5. Vanessa Williams: how this woman has never won an Emmy is beyond me. Or a Golden Globe or SAG award for that matter for her brilliant vicious and delectable performance as Wilhemina Slater on the dearly departed Ugly Betty. (Side Note, let’s throw in the criminally never nominated Michael Urie here too. His side-splitting hilarity and grounded honesty gave weight to his super fabulous Marc St. James on Betty for years as well.)
6. Ed O’Neil: poor Ed was the only adult actor from breakout hit Modern Family NOT to receive a nomination this morning. The veteran is just as funny and fantastic as his younger counterparts and should’ve been recognized. Perhaps next year, he’ll move up to the Lead category where I think he would more easily land a nod.
7. Rupaul & Rupaul’s Drag Race: with all the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent in the world, Rupaul and his namesake show are the most intoxicating guilty pleasure on tv. But it’s not all fluff the show has a dramatic undercurrent about those fighting for equality and honoring their true voice. It’s a shame more people haven’t embraced this wonderful and dynamically entertaining show.
8. Josh Holloway: like Matthew Fox, Holloway had never received any kudos for his great work on Lost. Unfortunately that losing streak continued this year for Holloway (not Fox) which is all the more upsetting because it was arguably his strongest work to date.
9. Travis Wall: the former contestant and current choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance gave us amazing numbers that pierced the heart, challenged our preconceived notions about dance and pushed his dancers to the limit. It’s a crime he was overlooked. For, proof, check out this amazing piece featuring Jeanine and Jason from last summer.
10. Annie Wersching: as the terribly tormented Renee Walker in the final season of 24, Wershing was a live wire of angst, fury, pain and searing emotion. She stole Jack Bauer’s heart and our hearts this season, but like her character, our hopes for some Emmy love were gunned down.
So, those are my 10 biggest and most upsetting Emmy snubs this morning. There are plenty more to talk about like the omission of Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters), Merrit Weaver (Nurse Jackie), the ladies of Greys Anatomy, plus no love for Better Off Ted. I mean, I could go on for days. Instead, I’m going to concentrate on the good news and inclusions this year. It really was a pretty decent list this year for once. I mean they dumped Charlie Sheen and Entourage after all…. Now, I want to hear from you. Who are you most upset wasn’t recognized this year?