As some of you may be aware, NBC recently placed Parks and Recreation on hiatus for (most of) the remainder of 2013. NBC will first pre-empt Parks for 3 weeks to show a RERUN of an episode of The Voice, a Halloween Saturday Night Live special (which could have been seen on VH1, on Netflix, or any previous year when NBC has run this special), and a live episode of The Voice. Parks will then return for 2 weeks where those 3 episodes will air (including a Halloween episode that will air weeks after Halloween) and that will be it for the remainder of 2013. Parks (and Community) will return in January of 2014, but this continues to show that the major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) are, for the most part, stuck in the past when it comes to television consumption.
NBC has claimed that one of the motivating factors for this decision is so they can help rookie shows Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show by having strong lead-ins. That plan would work 20 years ago when viewers’ options where no where near as varied as they are today. People do not watch shows simply because they liked the show that was on before it. If you think they do, ask Low Winter Sun.
I don’t understand. We were on after Breaking Bad. I’m just as intense as Walter White. Stop laughing; I’m serious. This is my serious face.
Nowadays, with fewer people watching live television in favor of DVR where they can watch on their own time and fast forward through commercials, readily available DVD box sets, or internet services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or iTunes, the way people view television has totally changed. However, by sticking to the Nielsen system, the major networks are essentially ignoring how people currently consume their television shows and therefore, are committed to the idea that if a show has a strong lead-in, people will stay tuned for the other show.
Cable (for the most part) realizes that numbers aren’t everything for the reasons previously stated. Shows like Archer, Louie, South Park, Girls, Veep, Eastbound & Down and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia don’t have outstanding numbers by traditional standards, but the respective networks that air these shows understand the changing landscape in television so they don’t hold these shows to the same rating standards we may have seen 10 or 15 years ago. Another issue for cable is not everyone has HBO or Showtime, but fans find ways to watch Game of Thrones or Homeland online through less than legal means.
A Game of Thrones fan thinking about what he wants to do to King Joffrey.
These are all popular and critically acclaimed shows and the cable networks understand that people are watching them through numerous options that are not necessarily the immediate first airing of any individual episode. The networks don’t recognize this viewing method, and so, shows with smaller numbers are getting punished even though plenty of people are watching these shows through other means.
Another advantage that cable has over the networks is creative freedom. They are able to delve into tougher issues, darker subject matter, have adult language and situations, nudity, and numerous other things that network television simply can’t. Could you imagine Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood or Dexter on one of the major networks?
Omar whistling “The Farmer in the Dell” is about the only thing they could show on CBS and it would be accompanied by a laugh track.
This is one reason that cable has dominated at the Emmys for the past several years. The Outstanding Drama Series hasn’t included a “big four” nominee the past two years and the last show to win that category from a “big four” network was 24 back in 2006. Comedy has faired better thanks to Modern Family’s dominance, but an increasing number of nominations have been earned by HBO, Showtime and FX over the past several years. Cable is bringing in the big names and critical acclaim. This isn’t to say the networks are not putting out good products, but the fact that they don’t have as much artistic freedom as cable has lead to big time projects going elsewhere.
There is also a problem for the networks because the internet has started original programming. Netflix brought in House of Cards and Orange is the New Black to much fanfare, while also reviving a little show that wasn’t “popular” enough to survive on Fox, Arrested Development.
Pictured: Not good enough for regular television.
Netflix has seen a tremendous increase in viewership thanks to these shows, and the success is in no way attributed to traditional ratings. People binge-watched all of these shows, but speaking from personal experience, I waited on House of Cards and Orange is the New Black much longer than the first day they were available. I can’t say the same for Arrested Development because I had waited years for new episodes and watched it as fast as my eyeballs could take it in. All have been proven very successful, with House of Cards and Arrested Development earning Emmy nominations.
With all of these combined factors, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox have seen decreases in their live viewership (well, CBS is still doing well despite putting out lesser shows than the other three) and it’s been at the expense of some great shows. NBC has continued to use techniques that may have worked long ago before the increased internet and otherwise delayed viewership, but in this ever-changing landscape, these techniques don’t work. They would be smarter to keep their most acclaimed comedies on television as long as they can, but because they are stuck in the mindset that shows need lead-ins or it only matters who is watching during a certain window of time, they are going to continue to mess with the shows we like and not care about who they piss off because it worked in the past.
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Following this year’s crazy Emmys, it occurred to me that the comedy categories could look a little different next year, not only due to the loss of 30 Rock, but the hiatus of Louie (unless season 4 happens earlier in the year than the previous seasons, it won’t air in the eligibility window), Bill Hader’s departure from Saturday Night Live, the cancellation of Enlightened and Arrested Development having a movie before season 5 means that they won’t be able to defend their nominations in various categories. That means, assuming this year’s other nominees hold and under the conditions previously stated for losing nominees, there are three spots open for Lead Actor in a Comedy, two spots open for Best Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy, and one spot open for Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. With that in mind, here are the people and shows that I think are most likely to earn nominations. The choices will be ranked from least likely to most likely, even though I may feel some are more deserving than higher ranked competition. Also, the number of potential nominees will shift depending on how many available slots there are & how many close contenders there are.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Here’s the thing: this category had seven nominees this year which is a very unusual thing to happen. Theoretically, everyone that was nominated this year and is eligible could earn repeat nominations and that be the end of it. Betty White could possibly return as a nominee for Hot in Cleveland as she was two years ago. If there is a new face in the category, Orange is the New Black has a few contenders, as does Girls. I would love to see Community be represented by either Gillian Jacobs or Alison Brie, Parks & Recreation get a nomination for Rashida Jones or Aubrey Plaza, or in a very outside chance, Kaitlin Olson earn a nod for her work on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but as it is, I can’t see this category featuring seven nominees again.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
5: Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
This is my wild card selection for this category since he is on a rookie show. However, if the show develops like I think/hope it can, then Braugher could snag a nomination in this category. He has won two Emmys previously and has seven total nominations but none for comedy. That might change this year.
4: Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
NPH has 3 Emmys to his name, but no wins in this category despite 4 nominations for his role on How I Met Your Mother. He hasn’t been nominated since 2010, but since this is HIMYM’s final season, he has a good shot at a 5th nomination as Barney Stinson.
3: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)
While Offerman is the one I want to be nominated the most, he has several former nominees to contend with. Since this is the case, in terms of “most likely” I think he falls about here because even though he’s been consistently outstanding as Ron Swanson, he still doesn’t have a nomination to show for it. The Emmys have yet to get this right, but hopefully that ends next year.
2: Max Greenfield (New Girl)
I don’t watch New Girl but have heard some good things. Greenfield earned a nomination last year, but didn’t get one this year. Given the critical acclaim for this show, he could easily return to this category next year.
1: Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)
Eric Stonestreet has won twice in this category for his part on Modern Family, but wasn’t nominated this year. Stonestreet won’t be gone from this category for long given that the Modern Family Emmy train doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Of all the people not nominated this year, Stonestreet has to be the odds-on favorite to be there next year.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
8: Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope)
I’ve never watched Raising Hope but have heard it’s pretty funny. Plimpton was nominated a few years ago for this show, so she could possibly return although that doesn’t seem very likely.
7: Lea Michele (Glee)
Slightly more likely than Plimpton, Michele earned a nomination a few years ago as well. Her chances are better because she is bound to have an emotional arc this season (as will most of the Glee cast) given the death of cast mate Cory Monteith.
6: Anna Faris (Mom)
5: Sarah Michelle Geller (The Crazy Ones)
I’m going to save space and write about both Faris and Geller together since neither of their shows have debuted yet. I like Geller’s shot better than Faris’ because her show does appear to be better and a show that features Robin Williams will help her chances. Plus, she has television cred for her time as Buffy. I’m not counting Faris out, though, because for reasons I will never understand, Chuck Lorre shows get tons of Emmy noms.
4: Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)
While Schilling doesn’t play the most compelling character on Orange is the New Black, she is still the centerpiece of the show. Given that I’ve already seen her show, I’m ranking her slightly above those two, but her chances could slide as the eligibility window progresses and her performance falls back further in our minds.
3: Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project)
I haven’t personally watched The Mindy Project, but I did think Mindy Kaling was funny on The Office and in other things I’ve seen her in. I think she is right on the cusp of a nomination and could certainly make her way in there.
2: Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)
I used a Bridesmaids gif here for two reasons: I couldn’t find a Mike and Molly one and because Bridesmaids was the reason McCarthy won in this category two years ago. She was absent this year following back to back nominations, but I imagine she will be back next year.
1: Zooey Deschanel (New Girl)
Zooey Deschanel had a nomination last year and many assumed she would get another one this year. This of course wasn’t the case, but as the category opens back up next year, Deschanel should be back with no problem.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
10: Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Samberg has won an Emmy and been nominated six times. Of course, all were for Music and Lyrics during his time on SNL. Being the lead character on a network show should help his chances at a nomination for acting, but he has a lot of competition in this category. He could get a lot closer by season’s end, but he has a long way to go.
9: Joel McHale (Community)
Community hasn’t had an acting nomination during its run, but with 3 open nomination slots, this is probably the best shot it’s going to have. Hopefully McHale will have some good material this season so he can get a nomination, but in a crowded field, it’ll be no easy feat.
8: Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down)
Kenny Powers is undeniably one of the funniest characters on television. Danny McBride has yet to be nominated and given that this will be the final season of Eastbound & Down, this will be his last chance. I like his odds a little better than the last two people listed for that reason.
7: Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother)
Of course, in the “final season push” category, Radnor has the edge on McBride because HIMYM is the safer show and has a better track record of earning nominations than Eastbound & Down. He will also have the more sentimental edge since he will finally meet the mother. If Ted Mosby ever has a shot, this is it.
6: Jake Johnson (New Girl)
I know many felt he should have earned a nomination this year, but he could have an even better chance next year. Time will well, but Johnson has about as good a shot as any to get a nomination in this category.
5: Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Ricky Gervais has had great success at the Emmys, earning nominations in various categories for both versions of The Office and winning in this category for Extras. Netflix earned nominations in multiple acting categories this year. Given the combination of the two, Gervais could easily return to this category.
4: Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation)
Adam Scott has been very consistently good on Parks and Recreation. He has a great shot next year given the multiple openings in the category, but also due to the fact he is great on there. Parks has a good shot at multiple nominations next year, with Scott being one of the frontrunners to join the nomination group.
3: Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Galecki was nominated two years ago and his costar Jim Parsons has won 3 of these awards. I don’t understand the love of this show, but it gets viewers and it wins this category. I imagine they will be more than happy to include another cast member in this category.
2: Robin Williams (The Crazy Ones)
Sure, this show hasn’t aired yet. But are you going to tell me that Robin Williams, winner of 6 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys and 1 Oscar isn’t one of the favorites to get a nomination upon his return to television? Come on.
1: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men)
Jon Cryer earned 7 consecutive nominations for his character on Two and a Half Men (only once for Lead Actor) and has won twice. He wasn’t nominated this year, but of all the non-nominees, he has to be the most likely to be back.
Outstanding Comedy Series
15: Family Guy
Sure it’s not as good as it used to be, but it was nominated in this category previously. Considering it’s the only animated show that regularly submits for Outstanding Comedy Series instead of in the animated categories I included it here as the longest long shot. (Due to Emmy rules, you can’t submit for both. Since Bob’s Burgers, Archer & South Park submit under animated, I haven’t included them here although they would be very deserving in this category)
14: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Being a new show could hurt this show’s chances early on for the top prize, but this should be a contender in a few years. The other projects that Mike Schur has been involved with took a little while to find their footing, and I expect that to be the case here as well.
13: The Mindy Project
I have this show ranked low for a few reasons: one, having not watched it, I can’t verify how funny it is. Secondly, I think Kaling’s chances of individual recognition are higher than the show’s overall chances. Finally, given the number of Fox shows that hope to jump into the final group, this one could be the odd one out.
12: Eastbound & Down
This show may earn a nod, but given that HBO is expected to be represented by Veep and Girls once again, I can’t place Eastbound much higher than this since I doubt there will be three shows from any network nominated. Of course, you can’t fully count Kenny Powers and company out.
11: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Is this the year Always Sunny jumps in? Unlikely, but the episode last week where they mock the fact they haven’t ever been nominated at the Emmys was an outstanding commentary as to what the voters are looking for.
In what will (probably) be the final season of one of the most underrated shows of all time, it would be nice for Community to finally get some recognition. This season will be bittersweet with the return of Dan Harmon but the departure of Donald Glover, but a nomination here would be a great way for the show to go out.
Glee has a chance at a nomination because as I alluded to with the lead actress category, this will be an emotional season. If played correctly, it could pay off big dividends for a show that hasn’t been nominated since 2011.
8-6: Nurse Jackie/Episodes/House of Lies
I’m ranking all these together because Showtime has had some good representation in the acting categories from these shows this year. It’s entirely possible one of them could jump into the top category next year.
5: The Crazy Ones
This show is on CBS, features two pretty established stars in Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller in addition to Bob Benson himself (james Wolk), and is one of the most praised rookie shows of the year. I’d say there’s a pretty solid chance this could jump in there.
4: Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black could represent Netflix in the top comedy category just like House of Cards did this year for drama. I would rank it higher if not for the fact that its season will be over a calendar year old by the next ceremony and that could handicap it as other shows run closer to the end of the eligibility window.
3: How I Met Your Mother
True, it’s only been nominated once for Best Comedy Series and that was 2009, but in a final season that will feature a format change (whole season will take place over one weekend), it could earn a spot for sure.
2: New Girl
After being totally shut out nomination-wise this year, New Girl could return to the Emmys in a big way. It stands the best shot of being Fox’s nominee for Best Comedy Series, and could have many overall nominations.
1: Parks & Recreation
There has been at least one nominated NBC show in this category since 1981. With 30 Rock and The Office gone, Parks & Rec is the show in waiting to represent the peacock. It was nominated in 2011, and should return next year.
So, there you go, the people and shows that I think are most likely to earn nominations at next year’s Emmy awards. We’ll see if these are close or way off base. Only time will tell.
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In my most recent blog post (found here), I discussed what I believe to be the 25 best actors/characters to never be nominated for an Emmy. However, that is not the only way someone can be snubbed at the Emmys. This post will cover the remaining two ways. First, I will do the top 5 people that were nominated for an Emmy for something besides their most memorable role, and then I will do the top 25 that were nominated for their best role, but never took home the award. Without further ado, here they are.
5: Charles Dance-Nominated for Bleak House; Should be nominated for Game of Thrones
Tywin Lannister is one of the best characters on one of the best shows currently on television, and much of that has to do with how Charles Dance brought this character to life. Again, knowing what we should be in store for in season four, I think he should have a great chance to rectify this snub, but until then, the current Hand of the King will remain on this list.
4: Tony Hale-Nominated for Veep; Should be nominated for Arrested Development
Hale is one of many members of the Bluth family to earn Emmy nominations, but as was the case with David Cross, it was for something else other than Arrested Development (Cross won an Emmy for his work on The Ben Stiller Show and is therefore ineligible for inclusions on the list, although Tobias was his best work in my opinion). While it’s nice to see Hale get some recognition for his work on Veep, it would have been even better to see him be nominated for Buster Bluth.
3: Martin Freeman-Nominated for Sherlock; Should have been nominated for The Office (UK)
First, although I haven’t watched Sherlock yet, I’ve heard good things, and I don’t doubt that Freeman does a good job as Watson. However, his best role will always be Tim on The Office. This show was not well represented at the Emmys (British shows are sometimes tough to earn nominations) but it did earn a few nominations, although none for the acting. While Ricky Gervais’ David Brent is the show’s best character, Gervais has gone on to win Emmys and is ineligible here. Tim is the next best thing about the show, and Freeman deserved some recognition for that.
2: Idris Elba-Nominated for Luther/The Big C; Should have been nominated for The Wire
As with Sherlock, I haven’t seen Luther yet but have heard nothing but good things. Again, though, Elba’s performance as Stringer Bell on The Wire is fantastic. I’m thrilled that his movie career has really taken off recently, but he deserved some award recognition (as did many other cast members) for his work on The Wire.
1: Andy Griffith-Nominated for Murder in Texas; Should have been nominated for The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show is one of my favorite shows of all time. While Don Knotts won 5 Emmys for his role of Barney Fife, Andy Griffth was never nominated for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor which is baffling. Barney may have been the funniest character, but Andy was the glue that held the whole thing together. He brought charm and wit to the role and made everybody wish that Mayberry was a real town. He made the humor seem effortless, but he was just as capable of pulling at your heartstrings in any given episode. Television owes a lot to Andy Griffith, and the lack of an Emmy nomination is just one example.
Now we will have the 25 biggest Emmy snubs of all time for nominated actors/characters that never won an Emmy.
25: Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves)-Frasier
While Daphne wasn’t my favorite character on Frasier, you couldn’t deny how enjoyable scenes were between her and Niles. Leeves did a great job bringing depth to a character that began as sort of a one-note joke. She was only nominated once, losing to Lisa Kudrow, but it would have been nice if she was a more consistent nominee and winner like her cast mates.
24: Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill)-Modern Family
The Emmys love Modern Family. The show has taken home the past three awards in the Best Supporting Actor category (Eric Stonestreet twice, Ty Burrell once). While Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Mitchell didn’t make the list, I put Ed O’Neill on here because I like his character better than Mitchell. Of course, if he wins at the upcoming Emmys, he won’t be snubbed any longer, and Ferguson can take his place on the list.
23: Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara)-Modern Family
As I just said, the Emmys love Modern Family. Vergara has lost twice to her costar Julie Bowen, and while I appreciate Bowen’s contribution to the show, to me, the funnier character is Gloria. Like O’Neill, Vergara is nominated this year as well, so she may soon be snubbed-no-more, but as it is now, she is the most snubbed person in the Modern Family cast.
22: Skyler White (Anna Gunn)-Breaking Bad
I know the internet/people at large hate Skyler White. She knows people hate her. But Anna Gunn has been putting work in recently as the woman behind the king. She is nominated at this year’s Emmys and may take home the award, but the development of this character recently has left me floored. I’m typing this after watching the most recent episode of Breaking Bad (Season 6 episode 4 or Season 5 episode 12 depending on how you’re counting), and she had one scene that left me just floored. In a show full of dynamic characters, she has found her own way to stand out, which is an impressive feat in and of itself.
21: Ali G/Borat/Bruno (Sacha Baron Cohen)-Da Ali G Show
While we may immediately think of the movie versions of these characters, Borat, Bruno and Ali G all came from Da Ali G Show. Sacha Baron Cohen was nominated as a writer/producer, but never as an actor when it came to these characters. He won a Golden Globe for his film portrayal of Borat and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. However, moments on the show are just as good as the movies and it would have been nice if he could have won an Emmy for bringing these characters to life.
20: Major Charles Winchester (David Ogden Stiers)-M*A*S*H
In much the same way I recognized Frank Burns in the last post, Charles Winchester deserves recognition as well. Sure, he was stuck-up, pompous, and curmudgeonly, but he was also very funny. The moments when he showed his softer side are some of the best that the show ever produced. He brought some sophistication to the craziness of the 4077th, and although he lost both times he was nominated, he remains one of the best parts of one of the greatest shows of all time.
19: Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins)-Justified
As regular readers will know (if there are any), I’m a big fan of the show Justified. Boyd Crowder is a big reason why. Very few people make bad guys as consistently enjoyable as Goggins does. Boyd has many great one liners, but he is more than just his ability to turn a phrase. He is one of the best written and performed characters on tv, but has only been nominated once for his efforts. Hopefully he can earn a couple more before the show finishes.
18: Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan)-30 Rock
30 Rock is one of the best comedies of the past 20 years and Tracy Jordan was one of the funniest characters on the show. Taking elements from a few different celebrities, Tracy is one of the most outrageous characters in recent memory. Because of Morgan’s delivery, the insane dialogue is even funnier, but he was one of the least recognized cast members on the show, being nominated only once for his role, which is disgraceful for a man who lived every week like it’s Shark Week.
17: Roger Sterling (John Slattery)-Mad Men
Mad Men is arguably the best drama currently on television and has won more than its share of Emmys. The acting categories have been neglected, however, as you will see more of shortly. Slattery plays one of the more enjoyable characters on the show and has given one of the best shows on television some of its best moments. Without him, it’s plausible the show wouldn’t have won as many Emmys as it has, but it’s a shame he hasn’t been personally recognized.
16: Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)-Mad Men
Continuing with the Mad Men snubs, Moss has played one of the best characters currently on television but hasn’t taken the award home yet. She is nominated this year and has a good chance to win, but so far, she, like her other costars haven’t been recognized for their individual contributions to the show. Olson has developed very much over the past few seasons and that is owed in no small part to Moss’ work.
15: Jemaine & Bret (Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie)-Flight of the Conchords
This is a bit of a loophole. These two comprise the titular band on Flight of the Conchords, so I felt it was fair to list them together. While only Jemaine was nominated for acting, they were both nominated for writing, best song, and as producers. Bret went on to win an Oscar for his work on The Muppets, but they both went home empty handed at the Emmys. Any fan of the show will tell you that’s a mutha-uckin shame.
14: Various Characters (Harry Shearer)-The Simpsons
Harry Shearer may not be the most recognizable name on this list, but he has provided one of the best shows of all time several of its best characters. He is also the only regular voice actor on The Simpsons that has never won an Emmy for his efforts. For a show that has a wealth of characters, I think it’s only fair that everyone that has had a hand in bringing those characters to life get some recognition for their efforts. It doesn’t hurt that Shearer voices many of the best.
13: Various Characters (Dave Chappelle)-Chappelle’s Show
(Editor’s Note: I had too hard a time selecting between Dave as Rick James, Prince, R. Kelly, Dylan, Silky Johnson, etc. so I chose Dave as himself) Chappelle’s Show was one of the most brilliant, ahead of its time show that I’ve ever watched. Dave made some of the funniest television moments ever. While some of the snub can be attributed to the sudden end to the show, it’s still a shame that Dave Chappelle didn’t win an Emmy for his show.
12: Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman)-Arrested Development
Now the story of a terrific television show, and the man who played the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It’s Jason Bateman on Arrested Development. All references aside, Bateman was the backbone of one of the best shows of all time. He is nominated this year for the long-awaited 4th season, so he could rectify this oversight, but until then, Bateman will have to remain here. Here? (Sorry for the shoddy references, but hey, maybe you chuckled. That’s why I do it. For small chuckles.)
11: Norm Peterson (George Wendt)-Cheers
NORM! In a place where everybody knows your name, George Wendt played one of the funnier characters. Always quick with a quip about how poor his life was, he constantly made us laugh at his pain. Without him, Cheers wouldn’t have been as great. It’s a shame that he wasn’t able to take home an award despite six nominations. Norm probably wouldn’t have been surprised given that he always considered the beer glass empty…primarily because he drank it.
10: Various Characters (Saturday Night Live)/Leslie Knope (Parks & Recreation)-Amy Poehler
With a combined eight nominations, Amy Poehler has yet to take home an Emmy despite outstanding work on a television institution and on what is currently the best comedy on tv. A nominee this year, she could take home the award, but it’s a shame she hasn’t won one yet. It’s ok, Amy. We love you and we like you.
9: Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger)-Cheers
Everyone’s favorite know-it-all, Cliff Clavin was brilliantly played by John Ratzenberger. While Norm may be most people’s favorite, I have a soft spot for Cliff. Nominated twice, Ratzenberger went home as empty-handed as Cliff did when he appeared on Jeopardy. However, he played a large part in making Cheers as great as it was, and the show wouldn’t have been the same without everybody’s favorite loudmouthed postal worker.
8: Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito)-Breaking Bad
To be fair, when Esposito lost, it was to costar Aaron Paul which isn’t exactly a travesty, because Paul is superb. However, being one of the best antagonists in television history means he should have earned a victory or at the very least more than just one nomination. Esposito played this character with a mix of quiet dignity and unsettling terror. Without him, Heisenberg may not have become the monster he currently is, and for being the catalyst in that development, Esposito deserved an award.
7: Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry)-Friends
While all three of the men on Friends were nominated but never won, the biggest disappointment is that Perry didn’t win. Chandler is the funniest character on one of the most popular shows of all time. The fact he didn’t win is a shame because without him, Friends wouldn’t have been anywhere near as enjoyable as it was.
6: Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco)-The Sopranos
Dr. Melfi brought a moral balance to The Sopranos, making Tony heavily ponder just why he was making the decisions he made. That relationship was one of the best things about arguably the best show of all time. So, it’s a shame that despite four nominations, Bracco didn’t ever win an Emmy. Without her, the show may not have been as complex and multi-faceted as it was. With her, it became one of the best shows ever.
5: Al Swearengen (Ian McShane)-Deadwood
Al Swearengen has about the most appropriate name of any character of all time, considering he used more expletives than any character I can remember. However, he was more than just a foul mouth. He was also smart, diabolical, and one of the best characters I’ve ever enjoyed watching. McShane dominated Deadwood, but lost to James Spader the only time he was nominated. It’s a shame because he was one of the first anti-heroes that we currently enjoy on television. If you haven’t watched this show yet, give it a watch, because it is fantastic.
4: G.O.B. Bluth (Will Arnett)-Arrested Development
GOB is my favorite character from Arrested Development. Whether it be his illusions, his chicken dance, or making a huge mistake, he was consistently hilarious. However, he was nominated just once for his outstanding work. He deserved a nomination this year, but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. Without Arnett, Arrested Development wouldn’t have been anywhere near as brilliant as it was, but he didn’t get his proper respect from the Emmys, which is a huge mistake.
3: Don Draper (Jon Hamm)-Mad Men
Don Draper is my 2nd favorite leading man on television right now behind Walter White. Hamm plays Draper brilliantly and has earned seven nominations for Mad Men including this year. Every year I think it’ll be his turn, but so far, he hasn’t been that lucky. This could be his year, but until they call his name, he’ll be one of the most snubbed characters of all time and the highest one still on television.
2: Michael Scott (Steve Carell)-The Office (US)
Michael Scott is one of the funniest characters of all time. Carell was nominated nine times including his nominations as a producer but never took the award home. While you can argue The Office peaked in its first half (and you would be right), Carell was consistently great until the end. He made us laugh, he made us cry, he made us shake our head in disbelief that someone could be so oblivious. He deserved a win, and the fact he didn’t is an enormous shame.
1: George Costanza (Jason Alexander)-Seinfeld
Jason Alexander is the only one of the four main actors on Seinfeld that didn’t win an Emmy for his work (Jerry won as a producer) which is a shame because he may have been the funniest. George was one of the unluckiest, most shallow people of all time, but he was undeniably hilarious. The Marine Biologist, Vandelay Industries, Shrinkage, and hundreds of other classic moments are owed to George Costnaza, and it’s inexcusable that despite seven nominations, he didn’t win a single time.
So, there they are, the top 25 actors/characters that were nominated but never won Emmys in addition to the top 5 that were nominated for something besides their best characters. Feel free to comment on people you think I missed, or how you would rerank them.
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As you may have noticed, I tend to post several Emmy-related things this time of year. I had the idea the other day to recognize the best actors/characters who had been snubbed by the Emmys. However, I realized that there were multiple types of snubs: those who had never been nominated (which I’ll cover here), those who had been nominated but didn’t win, and those who had been nominated but won for something other than their biggest roles (I’ll have a post soon about those types of snubs). So, in honor of the best that haven’t had their work recognized, here are the (approximate) top 25 to never be nominated, along with 5 honorable mentions.
Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
People from Saturday Night Live who didn’t earn acting nominations
It’s been a trend recently to nominate cast members from SNL in the supporting categories (Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader all earned nominations in the past few years). However, given that the show has had some of the best comedic talent of all time (Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, John Belushi, Phil Hartman, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and dozens more) the fact that hardly any of them earned acting nominations is a shame.
The “Family” on The Sopranos
The Sopranos earned it’s fair share of nominations over the course of its run. However, six of the most memorable characters on the show never got any recognition for their contributions. Silvio Dante (Steven van Zandt), Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), Bobby Baccala (Steve Schirripa), and Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) were all big parts of the Soprano “Family,” while two huge parts of the New York family, Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) and Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent) also played big parts in the proceedings. The Sopranos had a rich ensemble of characters, and it would have been nice if more had been honored for their work.
The cast of Firefly
Firefly has become one of the most beloved cult shows of all time. It was a show that was ahead of its time, and it featured some great talent. Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Alan Tudyk are all great and brought life to some fantastic characters. Morena Baccarin has been nominated for her work on Homeland, but those four will always remind me of Serenity and the colorful characters aboard her.
The voice casts of Futurama, Bob’s Burgers, and Archer
While the Emmys do recognize voice actors, they have neglected these shows for the most part. I decided to use one entry for all of them because I couldn’t single out one show over the others. H. Jon Benjamin earned a nomination for Archer, but the rest of the cast hasn’t. Bob’s Burgers has been neglected entirely in the voice actor categories, as has Futurama. Billy West has been an outstanding voice actor for the better part of 20 years, but his characters haven’t earned any recognition which is a shame.
Jere Burns and Jim Beaver
Jere Burns and Jim Beaver have been character actors on some of the best shows of the past decade (Both have had recurring characters on Breaking Bad and Justified, while Beaver also starred on Deadwood). Neither has yet been recognized for their work, but both are responsible for some of the most memorable moments those shows had to offer.
Now onto the top 25 never nominated snubs.
25: Roz Doyle (Frasier)-Peri Gilpin
Gilpin was the only regular cast member on Frasier to not earn a nomination. For a show that earned a tremendous number of nominations, it’s a shame one more couldn’t be had here, considering Roz was such a great character.
24: Sam Axe (Burn Notice)-Bruce Campbell
Burn Notice is one of your more typical USA shows. It’s not the most complicated to follow, it has some entertaining moments, and some unique characters. Bruce Campbell is the most consistently interesting character on Burn Notice and while the show has earned some nominations, he hasn’t. If anyone on the show deserved one, it was him, particularly since he also plays Chuck Finley.
23: Bill Haverchuck (Freaks & Geeks)/Roman DeBeers (Party Down)-Martin Starr
This is the first of a few “double representation” posts. Bill Haverchuck was definitely one of my top two characters from Freaks & Geeks, a show that was vastly under-appreciated in its day but has found a following thanks to syndication, DVDs, and Netflix. Party Down also falls in that category, a show which Martin Starr also had a large role. The combined roles lead Starr to have a spot on this list.
22: Major Frank Burns (M*A*S*H)-Larry Linville
M*A*S*H is one of the most respected shows of all time, and many people from the show earned nominations. Larry Linville wasn’t one of them, however. He played uptight Frank Burns, a character that most people hate, but part of the reason he was so hatable was because he was played so well. It’s not an easy task being the guy everyone hates, so it’s a shame that he wasn’t honored for taking on that role.
21: Jeff Winger (Community)-Joel McHale
Community has been vastly underrepresented at the Emmys, particularly in the acting categories, where it has received zero. McHale was my choice to represent the show for two reasons: he’s the backbone of the show, and as such, he deserves to be recognized; secondly, since the supporting categories are more packed than lead, he has the easier path to nomination than his castmates, therefore, it’s a bigger snub since it’s a less crowded category.
20: Thomas Klebanow (The Wire)/Doug (Flight of the Conchords)/Gale Boetticher (Breaking Bad)-David Costabile
Costabile has been featured in prominent roles in three of my favorite shows but has yet to be noticed by the Emmys for his work. He is currently on Low Winter Sun and could possibly earn a nomination in the future for his work on that, but as it is, he is one of the snubbed. Thanks for your great work G.B.
19: Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)-Norman Reedus
The Walking Dead is a show that can be inconsistent at times, but Daryl is one of the most consistently great parts of the show. As someone who has read the comics, it’s amazing that the best character the show has to offer is one who wasn’t even in the comics, but that goes to show how good Reedus is in this part.
18: Chloe O’Brien (24)-Mary Lynn Rajskub
Chloe was the most consistently good thing about 24, other than Jack Bauer, of course. Even though the show was regularly nominated in many categories, the actors were often neglected. Rajskub should have earned a nomination at least once, but unfortunately that was not the case.
17: Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones)-Lena Headey
Game of Thrones is one of the most dense shows on television, and as such, there are numerous characters who deserve nominations. Cersei is one such character. Headey has been putting in great work every season but has yet to see a nomination for her work. Given what is coming up in season four (I’ve read the books, so I pretty much know what we’re in for), I think she could earn a nomination in the (relatively) near future.
16: Murray Hewitt (Flight of the Conchords)-Rhys Darby
Flight of the Conchords was a very under-appreciated show, but there were some great moments along the way. When the laughs weren’t provided by the songs, it was often Murray making us laugh. Darby’s line delivery helped make the character so great, and without his bumbling band manager, the Flight of the Conchords wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful.
15:The Janitor (Scrubs)-Neil Flynn
The Janitor was one of the best characters on Scrubs, a show that earned many snubs. While he was probably the most bizarre character on a very quirky show, he had his heart-warming moments as well. The His Story episode that focuses on the Janitor is one of my favorites. Flynn is a great character actor, and it would have been great to see him honored for this role.
14: Henry Pollard (Party Down)/Ben Wyatt (Parks & Recreation)-Adam Scott
Adam Scott has played the male lead character on two different shows and was fantastic on both. He plays a great straight man to the craziness that Parks & Rec presents, but the times he lets loose are some of the funniest moments the show has to offer. He did a great job on Party Down as well. If you haven’t watched that show by now, you really should because Scott plays understated comedy so well.
13: Nick Andopolis (Freaks & Geeks)/Marshall Eriksen (How I Met Your Mother)-Jason Segel
Jason Segel is one of the funnier people in Hollywood right now and is on a very popular show in How I Met Your Mother. While Neil Patrick Harris has earned all the praise, if it weren’t for Segel’s Marshall, I don’t know that I would still be watching. He is very funny, while being generally pretty grounded. Segel’s work during the season where Marshall dealt with his father’s death was just great, and I wish he could have earned some recognition for it. He was also one of my favorite parts of Freaks & Geeks. Those two things earn him a spot on this list.
12: Dr. Christopher Turk (Scrubs)-Donald Faison
The second Scrubs character to make the list, Turk was one half of one of the greatest bromances of all time. JD would have been nothing without Turk, and Turk was nothing without JD. Plus he was pretty damn hilarious. I still have an unhealthy love of brinner because of Turk.
11: Ned Stark (Game of Thrones)-Sean Bean
Although he was only on the show for the first season, the impact of Ned Stark is still being felt in the land of Westeros. Given that Breaking Bad wasn’t eligible during that season at the Emmys, and therefore, Bryan Cranston left an open spot, it’s a shame that Bean wasn’t recognized. If you weren’t watching the show before Ned’s departure, you may have jumped on the bandwagon once you heard what happened. Without Bean’s portrayal of the head of Winterfell, Game of Thrones may not have survived its first winter.
10: Lindsay Bluth Funke (Arrested Development)-Portia De Rossi
While Lindsay isn’t my favorite character on Arrested Development, De Rossi is the only adult cast member of the show who hasn’t been nominated either for her work on AD or another show. She provided this show with a ton of great moments and the fact she’s the only one not to be recognized is a huge mistake. COME ON!
9: Detective Jimmy McNulty (The Wire)-Dominic West
The Wire is one of the five best shows of all time. Apparently no one told the Emmys because it was only nominated for two total awards during it’s run. McNulty was the lead in a vast array of characters, but West did a great job of mixing comedy and drama in this role. He should have been rewarded accordingly.
8: Corporal Maxwell Klinger (M*A*S*H)-Jamie Farr
Corporal Klinger was one of the funnier characters on M*A*S*H, but never earned a nomination for his work. In the later seasons he became more serious (as did everything with the show, really), but he should have earned some respect for playing a man in a dress for as long as he did.
7: Monica Geller (Friends)-Courteney Cox
This may be a controversial selection given that many enjoy hating on Friends these days. However, I think it was and is a great show. With that said, Cox was the only one of the six to never earn a nomination. While she’s not my favorite of the group, I think it’s a shame that she didn’t get recognized at least once.
6: Hank Schrader (Breaking Bad)-Dean Norris
I expect this snub to be rectified following the last eight episodes of Breaking Bad, but if I’m wrong. I’ll be very disappointed with Emmy voters. Norris has been consistently great as Hank, and now that he really knows who Heisenberg is, he has stepped his game up even further. As it is, he is just a great actor on a great show.
5: Pete Campbell (Mad Men)-Vincent Kartheiser
(Editor’s Note: Man, did I have fun selecting a gif for Pete. I chose this one because I forgot this moment. The punch, the stair trip, and him smoking pot rounded out the top four) Kartheiser ranks higher than Norris for one reason: he plays a character that everyone hates which makes for a significantly higher degree of difficulty. Apparently Emmy voters hate him so much, they won’t nominate him. It takes hard work being so dislikable on a show full of dislikable characters, and he deserves some credit for that hard work. Keep up the good work, Vince, and maybe some day the hate will turn into love.
4: Charlie Kelly (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia)-Charlie Day
For eight seasons (soon to be nine), Charlie Day has given the world one of the funniest characters on television, and yet he still gets no recognition. While everyone from this show could make this list (with the exception of Danny DeVito because he already has an Emmy for Taxi), Charlie is the most glaring omission. From Day Man to Green Man to Kitten Mittens to bird law to bashing rats to going America all over everyone’s asses, Charlie has had so many great moments and deserves to be awarded for them.
3: Dr. Perry Cox (Scrubs)-John C. McGinley
Dr. Cox was the best thing about Scrubs, in my opinion. McGinley was a perfect fit for this character and did outstanding things in this role. He had a great mix of humor and heart, while always having a soft spot for his pupil JD. He should have won an Emmy based on the episode “My Lunch” alone, but unfortunately, he wasn’t recognized for his work at all which is a damn shame. He must have called the Emmy voters by girls’ names a little too often.
2: Ron Swanson (Parks & Rec)-Nick Offerman
Ron Swanson is the most snubbed character currently on television, despite being (arguably) the funniest character on television. Offerman brings so much to the table comedically that you are almost in awe watching him. As great as Amy Poehler is, she shouldn’t be the sole award representative for the funniest show on television. I hold out hope that this is the last post where I talk about Offerman being snubbed, but I have yet to be proven otherwise.
1: Omar Little (The Wire)-Michael K. Williams
Omar is the best thing about The Wire. I mentioned earlier how criminally underrepresented it was at the Emmys, and that is most obvious here. Omar is one of my top 10 characters of all time, and it is a travesty that Williams was never nominated for this role. He is the king, and we all know that when you come at the king, you best not miss. The Emmys missed big time with this one. Oh, indeed.
So, there you have it, my top 25 all time Emmy snubs along with 5 honorable mentions. If you think I missed one, feel free to tell me in the comments. Be on the look out for my “Nominated Snubs” post coming soon, which will focus on those who were nominated but didn’t take the award home.
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