This year the Emmy committee tried out a new system for deciding the Emmy nominees and eventual winners. Unfortunately the new system seems to have not done much good because many of the Emmy nominees were the same boring choices while more deserving winners will be sitting at home. Here are the ten worst Emmy nominees and biggest snubs.
10. Kiefer Sutherland – Best Actor, Drama
I’m a big Kiefer fan and the earlier seasons of “24” were undoubtedly awesome. This season was horrible though and Kiefer had no reason being one of the Emmy nominees. I know that it’s not Kiefer’s fault the show was bad and he was the only reason to watch the show this past season but if your actor is not given the material to put on the best performance then how can he? An actor can’t win the best actor award if the show he is on is horrible and “24” was.
9. “Entourage” – Best Series, Comedy
I like Entourage but that’s the problem. I like it. I don’t love it, because it’s not that great. Not much really happens, it’s just a couple of guys hanging out. Some will say that “Entourage” like a male version of Sex in the City. Well, you know what? That show wasn’t good either and it wasn’t because it was about women, it was because it was boring. What exactly is the comedy part of “Entourage” anyway? I chuckle a few times through the course of the show but it’s hardly a comedy like the other Emmy nominees or some of the other shows that were left out.
8. John Krasinski/Rainn Wilson – Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
A lot of people love the extremely annoying Rainn Wilson but I can’t fathom why people would vote for him over John Krasinki. First of all let’s rewind to the beginning of the season when Jim had left the office. Dwight was no longer funny without Jim, but Jim was still a blast in his new office. It’s clear that Dwight needs Jim and Jim doesn’t need Dwight. Second of all John Krasinki not only makes Rainn Wilson funny but he is also has to carry the load of the major relationship on the show. Rainn Wilson just runs around being dumb and annoying.
7. Lost/Matthew Fox – Best Series, Drama/Best Actor, Drama
The second season of “Lost” had everybody moaning and groaning but during the third season the “Lost” we all know and love returned. I can’t come up with a top three that wouldn’t have to include “Lost” much less a top five so I don’t have a clue how it isn’t one of the Emmy nominees. Matthew Fox also did his best work this season. Yeah, we’re tired of the Jack flashbacks and that tattoo episode was horrible, but everything that actually took place on the island Matthew Fox knocked out of the park.
6. Sopranos – Best Series, Drama
I really don’t see what the the hoopla about “The Sopranos” is. Nothing about “The Sopranos” is good television. “The Sopranos” is just like any other HBO show in that they throw in some sex, violence, and swearing, because they can, and everyone bows at their feet for being edgy. Try telling a good story first, then implement all those other things and then “The Sopranos” would be worthy of being one of the Emmy nominees.
5. Monk – Best Series, Comedy
This makes no sense to me. Tony Shalhoub has been nominated for Best Actor five times now and has won three times. Tony Shalhoub is to Monk what Hugh Laurie is to House. Tony Shalhoub pretty much is the entire show. They go hand in hand, however good the actor is, that’s how good the show is. So how is it that Tony Shalhoub is so awesome he’s been one of the Emmy nominees five times and won three times but “Monk” has never been one of the Emmy nominees? It makes no sense.
4. Josh Holloway – Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Sorry Terry O’Quinn, you (and also Naveen Andrews) already had your turn, it’s Josh Holloway’s turn. At the very least Josh Holloway deserved an Emmy nod over Terry O’Quinn. In the first season Terry O’Quinn should’ve won because John Locke was the most interesting character on television but Locke has taken a step back since then. Meanwhile the whole first half of season 3 of “Lost” focused on Jack, Kate and Sawyer so Josh Holloway got plenty of time to shine. Once Sawyer came back to the island he had great interactions with Jin and Hurley, including the episode where Hurley convinces him he should be the leader with Jack gone. Then the season ended with Sawyer brutally killing the real Sawyer and Mr. Friendly.
3. William Shatner – Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Please! When will the insanity end! Boston Legal is possibly the worst thing that ever happened to the Emmys. A lot of television shows have won a lot of Emmys that they don’t deserve it but this one bothers me more than anybody. Even worse than the show itself and James Spader is William Shatner. When are people going to realize the guy can’t act worth a lick?
2. Friday Night Lights/Kyle Chandler – Best Series, Drama/Best Actor, Drama
Apparently the Emmy voters watch their television screen upside down or with the brightness adjusted all the way down. I don’t know what it is but they must watch their television differently than TV viewers and TV critics because I don’t think there was a single show this season that had as large a percentage of satisified viewers. I’m sure there are a handful out there but I’ve never personally heard a single viewer or critic say anything bad about “Friday Night Lights” or Kyle Chandler.
1. Dexter/Michael C. Hall – Best Series, Drama/Best Actor, Drama
When the Emmys decided to change the way their nominations worked “Dexter” and Michael C. Hall are exactly who should’ve benefited. The smaller shows that don’t get much publicity that deserve to. Michael C. Hall was without a doubt the best actor in television this year, drama or comedy. Better than Gandolfiini, better than Kiefer and even better than Hugh Laurie. “Dexter” might not have been the easy number one like Michael C. Hall but it was definitely one of the five best dramas of the year.