WTF! Countless shows with anywhere from twelve to 20+ episodes EACH, and you feel that only ONE SERIES, with a single nod to a second, has material brilliant enough to be nominated in each category? That's worse than "Best Original Song" at the Oscars! I've never noticed quite how hard award shows fail. Not that I don't still look forward to them for a night of running commentary (and this time, Neil Patrick Harris!), but I wish there was more hope sprinkled into the awards themselves.
Arranged in no particular order as I read them from various sources, but! Some categories that interested me, with my personal picks in bold, for easy self-reference & cross-checking purposes.
--OK, I only watch two of them, and Lost is my obvious choice. (By the way, this is not me saying "well, I can't judge the other five because I haven't seen them." I judge everything! This is me saying "the other five can't even entice me to watch them, so they must be automatically inferior.")
How I Met Your Mother
Flight of the Conchords
--HIMYM deserves it. But I want Office to win...on principle, because 30 Rock is much worse and yet 30 Rock has swept it twice to TO's once.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
--WHATEVER, SIMON BAKER. I can name at least twelve actors who are not on this list whom I would rather see win, but of the options, it's gonna have to be Hugh. Man is good at what he does, consistently and without pause.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Glenn Close (Damages)
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)
Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
--None of them would be among my choices, but this is the only category in which I at least like and respect all the nominees, and would be all right with any of them. Though per usual, I have to throw my hat in for Mariska because it's the only show of the pack I watch.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
Steve Carell (The Office)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory)
Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
--But, but, I hate everybody! At this point I think I have to cheer on Steve Carell just for the show.
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Old Christine)
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program)
Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)
Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds)
--It saddens me how the Emmys consistently nominate the same stupid people every year. Especially when they AWARD the same people every year. Still, faced with these choices, I'll be cheering for the ever-excellent Julia again, though would not be opposed to Christina Applegate since it's her last chance for the program. I WOULD be opposed to anyone else. Quite strongly.
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
William Shatner (Boston Legal)
John Slattery (Mad Men)
Christian Clemenson (Boston Legal)
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
William Hurt (Damages)
Michael Emerson (Lost)
--*throws up hands* Emerson, on the "shows I watch" principle, and the "he did make me sorta like Ben this year" sub-principle.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Rose Byrne, 'Damages'
Sandra Oh, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Chandra Wilson, 'Grey's Anatomy'
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment'
Hope Davis, 'In Treatment'
Cherry Jones, '24'
--So it's another year of the SANDRA OH!!! vs. CHANDRA WILSON WOULD BE ALL RIGHT ALSO, is it? Fine with me. Because you know what I just noticed? FLIPPIN' KATHERINE HEIGL IS NOT AMONG THE NOMINEES. REJOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Kevin Dillon (Entourage)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Jon Cryer (Two And A Half Men)
Tracy Morgan (30 Rock)
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock)
--Neil Patrick Harris! NPH, this is not even a choice! I will not listen to any other options at all.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live)
Kristin Wiig (Satruday Night Live)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)
--Has to be Cheno. This is your last chance to honor Pushing Daisies in anything significant, people.
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
--Your limited options have forced me to pick American Idol. Do you feel good about yourselves?
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan (The Amazing Race)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)
Heidi Klum (Project Runway)
Jeff Probst (Survivor)
Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio (Top Chef)
--The thing is, Jeff Probst already won, and so while he is still perfectly awesome/my favorite, I feel now would be the appropriate time to reward Ryan Seacrest. Or Heidi Klum, either/or.
Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
* 30 Rock • Apollo, Apollo • Millicent Shelton
* 30 Rock • Reunion • Beth McCarthy
* 30 Rock • Generalissimo • Todd Holland
* Entourage • Tree Trippers • Julian Farino
* Flight Of The Conchords • The Tough Brets • James Bobin
* The Office • Stress Relief • Jeff Blitz
OFFICE OFFICE OFFICE. I hated at least half the season, but not this one. This one was a thrilling love of a series highlight. Of course, I am not really making distinctions between acting and writing and directing as far as what makes a particular episode good. Whatever rewards a favorite ep works for me.
Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
* Battlestar Galactica • Daybreak (Part 2) • Michael Rymer
* Boston Legal • Made In China/Last Call • Bill D’Elia
* Damages • Trust Me • Todd A. Kessler
* ER • And In The End • Rod Holcomb
* Mad Men • The Jet Set • Phil Abraham
Think I'd be okay with BSG too, being as it's largely a War Of The Series Which Are Over and Boston Legal just isn't that great, but I have show loyalty. Also my actual appreciation of that episode, possibly even specifically its direction.
Point of note: sure, I could rant all day long about which people/shows I'd rather see on my dream ballot, but that would just be pointless. We all know that I'd replace 97% of the above list with my own personal favorites, and you also probably know what those favorites are if you're a regular reader. I prefer not to torment myself by wishing of what-ifs.
All right...off to go read more Mansfield Park! 75% through and still LOVING IT. Possibly loving it because I'm able to envision Fanny as Billie Piper in my head? I don't know. Maybe a little.
P.S. This new life in which I don't watch television...it is very calming and satisfying. I can see why so many of you enjoy it! Not in a way where I will actually lighten my TV chains come September, but in a way where I have a good 2 months of freedom left and I'm basking in the liberty it affords me.