Emmy Nominations 2010: The Good, The Bad & The Tony Shalhoub (Read: The Ugly)

THE GOOD: After three seasons of inexcusable Emmy snubs, Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, the remarkable hearts and souls of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (which by the way is currently the reigning title-holder of “best show you’re not watching”) finally got some much-deserved Emmy love scoring nods for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Drama respectively. Also falling under the category “Good” is the fact that for the most part, it’s hard to argue with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who for the first time in as long as we can remember, may have [for the most part] gotten things right! Aside from awarding the usual suspects, which include always deserving nominations for the likes of anyone involved in 30 ROCK and MAD MEN (Tina Fey, Alec Bladwin, John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss among others), HOUSE’s Hugh Laurie, and THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Jim Parsons, Academy members rightly deemed it necessary to acknowledge six remarkable seasons of LOST with multiple nominations including Outstanding Drama, Actor (Matthew Fox), Supporting Actors (Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson) and Guest Star (Elizabeth Mitchell). More exciting still was the often slow-to-change Academy’s embrace of both newcomers (GLEE! MODERN FAMILY! THE GOOD WIFE!) and relative newcomers (Amy Poehler! Julianna Marguilies! Betty White!) by awarding a plethora of nods to the likes of THE GOOD WIFE’s Christine Baranski and Archie Panjabi, MODERN FAMILY’s Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and GLEE’s Lea Michele (Outstanding Actress), Chris Colfer (Outstanding Supporting Actor), Jane Lynch (Outstanding Supporting Actress), and Outstanding Guest Actors Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris and Mike O’Malley. Which brings us to…

THE BAD: While we certainly don’t begrudge Michele, Colfer, Lynch and O’Malley their nominations, the only thing funny about Outstanding Actor in a Comedy nominee Matthew Morrison’s work in the hit FOX show’s freshman season was that it took him half of it to clue into the fact that his wife was faking her pregnancy! Not so much bad, but rather disappointing was the lack of recognition for anyone related to UGLY BETTY’s truly ground-breaking final season, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM’s exclusion from the Outstanding Animated Program category and the complete snub of both John Noble (FRINGE) and Courteney COX (COUGAR TOWN), two actors without whom their shows wouldn’t be on the air. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of actors whose show would be nothing without them, it may be “so 2007,” but we for one still love WEEDS and contend that the always epic Mary-Louise Parker was robbed!

THE UGLY: In a word, well two: Tony Shalhoub. That said, if there is a silver lining to the MONK star’s inexplicable eight consecutive nomination it’s that, like Michael Jackson’s career: This is it. To our knowledge, 2010 marks the final year the actor will be eligible to rob a far more deserving one (cough*Joel McHale*cough) of a nomination! Oh how we wish the same could be said for the cast of TWO AND A HALF MEN.

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  • In the Bad can we please add where is the love (in any form) for Grey's?

    I know that the past few seasons have been seen as iffy (including this one). But really, no noms after that finale?! For real?!

  • Amy_D259

    It definitely sucks that Cox wasn't nominated and I really wish Vanessa Williams had been nominated as well.

  • Sorry Nicole, I for one am happy to see some fresh faces among the nominations!

  • chels725

    So happy for Christina Hendricks, Amy Poehler, Chris Colfer, & Jane Lynch. Matthew Morrison though is a terrible actor. Good performer but terrible actor. I wish people could distinguish the two.

    Also the snubbing of Community really sucks. Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, & Joel McHale deserve some love as well as PRecs. Nick Offerman was robbed.

  • joshemerson

    I knew it wouldn't happen, but I was hoping for some farewell nominations for Ugly Betty. It's sad that even Vanessa Williams was left out.

    I can't really say whether Matthew Morrison is a good actor or not, I just know that I despise his character on Glee. I imagine he deserves a lot of the blame/credit for being so unlikable, so the Emmy nomination sucks.

  • joshemerson

    Other snubs I have a problem with:
    – No Big Bang Theory, Community, Parks and Rec, or Party Down for Comedy Series? Okay, I know no one saw Party Down, but the other three should have had a chance. It's hard to believe that the sole nominations for Parsons and Poehler are all these shows get.
    – Chandra Wilson was robbed. She's still putting in great work on Grey's.
    – Courteney Cox should be up there instead of Lea Michele. This is for Comedy Actress, right?

  • Teresa Woods

    At least Tony Shalhoub can act – he is totally deserving of this nomination, his previous nominations and wins.

  • Skroegerj

    The Community crew was robbed!!

    Imo, Mary Louise-Parker didn't deserve a nomination and was rightly snubbed.

  • Majma15

    It is a crying shame that Disney Channel's show, Sonny With A Chance, was not nominated for Best Show in programming for young people. This show is consistently funny and well written, is enjoyed by the parents as well as the children, and it features the best acting ensemble in TV headed up by Demi Lovato and Sterling Knight, with Tiffany Thornton, Doug Brochu, Brandon Mychal Smith, and Allyson Ashley Arm.

  • I completely agree with you, it IS nice to see new faces in those categories. But really NO love at all? I am sorry but AT LEAST Chandra Wilson should have gotten a nod for her performance in the finale alone!!

  • Tori

    Does anyone else think that Parenthood and Chuck are under-appreciated?

  • ARob

    Totally agree, she was absolutely fantastic in that ep!

  • Valentino1

    what's up with the Tony Shalhoub diss? the man is the consummate actor, with even the smallest eyeblink chosen to illuminate the character, further the plotline, or serve as a catalyst… each episode, however silly, contains a master class in acting… can't wait to see him in his latest Broadway role!