Emmy awards: ‘The Americans’ is hiding in plain sight, and other thoughts from a critic

Emmy reactions from a TV critic who has only had two Diet Pepsis (so far) …

  • “Mad Men’s” redundant nomination for outstanding drama belongs instead to FX’s “The Americans.” Someone please fix this.
  • On a similar note, Jeff Daniels’ nomination for outstanding actor in drama as Will McAvoy in HBO’s unforgivably verbose and ham-handed first season of “The Newsroom” totally belongs to Matthew Rhys for his turn as Philip (Mischa) Jennings in “The Americans.” So someone also fix this, please.
  • “The Americans” is hiding in plain sight. Too few nominations, not even for its wigs. (Happy to see Margo Martindale as Claudia get a guest-actress actress nom.)
  • Netflix changes everything! (Kinda! Sorta!) I stand by my initial review of “House of Cards” and distaste for Kevin Spacey’s performance in it. Save your precious binge-viewing hours for “Orange Is the New Black.”
  • “American Horror Story: Asylum” was needlessly awful to American nuns, who get enough hassle from Rome as it is and are (I think) the church’s only real hope for justice and Christian ideals. So did we really need all the demonic nun stuff? That said, let’s hear it once more for Jessica Lange as Sister Jude.
  • “American Horror Story: Asylum” vs. “The Bible.” (On this, I’m agnostic.)
  • Tony Hale in “Veep” – hooray for Gary and his all-purpose “Leviathan” bag. (Hooray for Tony Hale in anything!)
  • Also in the supporting-actor/comedy category, how about that Bill Hader? “Saturday Night Live” will miss him terribly.

BillHader, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler appear in the “Weekend Update” skit on an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson)
  •  In the actor/movie-or-miniseries category, each and every one of those movies had serious problems. “Behind the Candelabra” was a lurid wallow. “The Girl” was depressing and abusive (to Tippi Hedren, sure, but mostly to viewers). “Phil Spector” was lofty about something that’s not. “Parade’s End” was like having five Ambien tabs stirred into your tea. Congratulations, HBO, you swept the category, but you know and I know that you can make much better films.
  • The fanboy/fangirl fringe is correct: Tatiana Maslany deserved an Emmy nomination for playing a whole lot of cloned characters in BBC America’s “Orphan Black.”

Related:

Complete list of nominees

Did ‘Mad Men’ deserve its nomination?

Hank Stuever has been The Post's TV critic since 2009. He joined the paper in 1999 as a writer for the Style section, where he has covered an array of popular (and unpopular) culture across the nation.
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Hank Stuever · July 18, 2013