Emmy nominations: Mad Men lead the way with other surprises, snubs

July 14, 2011

The nominations for this year’s Emmys are out and Sarah Anne Hughes gives a rundown of the nominees:

AMC’s “Mad Men” is leading the pack with 19 nominations.

And for every unexpected, yet deserved nomination (Jen Chaney will have a rundown of those later ), there’s an equally shocking snub. Let’s take a look at some of the categories with the most glaring omissions.

You can air your grievances and chat about the other nominations with Lisa de Moraes over at theTV Column at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Drama Series

While AMC is doing very well with its 1960s drama, the network’s two new shows, “The Walking Dead” and “The Killing,” didn’t get a nod in this category.

HBO’s “Games of Thrones” was nominated for its first season, but David Simon’s “Treme” was once again shamefully shut out. It’s like “The Wire” all over again.

The category will also upset fans of “Fringe,” the much loved, but little watched Fox show.

Comedy Series

NBC’s Thursday lineup was well represented: “The Office,” “Park and Recreation” and “30 Rock” are all nominated. But I’m sure there are “Community” fans out there who believe the show was more deserving of a nod than “The Office” and “30 Rock,” as well as the other three nominees, “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Actress in a Comedy Series

Three words: No Lea Michele. The “Glee” diva, who was nominated last year, only has one more season to get the award. She better get beltin’.

Supporting Actor in Comedy Series

Four out of the six nominations in their category went to the actors from “Modern Family,” with “Glee’s” Chris Colfer and Jon Cryer of “Two and A Half Men” as the others. One of those “Modern Family” nods should have gone to a fella from “Parks and Recreations.” Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman and Chris Pratt would have all been deserving of the award.

So TV fans, which actors and shows were snubbed in you opinion? Let us know in the comments and check back later for a poll.

 In this years nominations, ‘Robot Chicken’ was celebrated, and ‘Family Guy’ was snubbed. Michael Cavna reports :

Two summers ago, “Family Guy” was the first animated series in nearly a half-century to score an Emmy nom for Best Comedy Series. And now? This morning, the Seth MacFarlane comedy didn’t even collect a nod for Outstanding Animated Program.

Instead, much of the applause and plaudits went to “Robot Chicken,” which was nominated for both Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program. The Cartoon Network show also received an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance nom for Seth Green.

MacFarlane wasn’t shut out in the Animated Program race: His“Cleveland Show” will compete against not only “Robot Chicken” but also Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s “South Park” (Comedy Central), Matt Groening’s “Futurama” (again, Comedy Central) and Fox stablemate “The Simpsons,” Groening’s granddaddy in the field.

“Futurama” (Maurice LaMarche) and “The Simpsons” (Dan Castellaneta — aka the voice of Homer and Krusty) also received voice-over performance nominations.

Besides “Robot Chicken,” the other nominees for Short-Form Animation are Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” ABC’s “Disney Prep & Landing,” Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

“Family Guy” wasn’t shut out entirely, receiving four noms in music and sound categories.

The controversial ‘Kennedys’ miniseries got multiple nominations for this year’s awards. Lisa de Moraes reports:

The controversial miniseries about the Kennedys that History channel dropped like a hot potato is going to get a showing on broadcast television -- snippets of it anyway, after snagging an Emmy nomination for best miniseries, and multiple acting noms Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, HBO’s sex-and-swords fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” snagged a surprise bid for best drama series – the crown jewel of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

TV academy voters tend to resist giving the Emmys’ top honor to genre dramas, among other things they tend to resist.

More from the Washington Post

Celebritology: Emmy snubs

The AP: Full list of nominees

Video: Nominations announced

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