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Snap Judgment: The Emmy Comedy Nominations

I've gone on about the Emmy nominees in the dramatic categories, now I've gotta share my reactions to the comedic nominees. There's so much to talk about with these categories! I have to say I was rather surprised by several of the nominations — in both good and bad ways. Check out my thoughts below . . .

  • Seven entries in the Outstanding Comedy Series category? And not one of them is Two and a Half Men?! And one of them is How I Met Your Mother?!? What is it, my birthday?
  • Does it make me a mean person if I say I'm happy and relieved to see that Jeremy Piven was not nominated? Nah, don't answer that. I don't really want to know.
  • And I'm even happier for the two Supporting Actor nods for 30 Rock: Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer!

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  • It's neat that an animated show broke into the Best Series category, but I'm not the biggest Family Guy fan. I sort of wish it had been The Simpsons or South Park, or any of the other animated shows.
  • I'm so happy for Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig for their SNL nods in the Supporting Actress category. And even better: Kristen Chenoweth and Toni Collette as Lead Actress nominees! However, the inclusion of Sarah Silverman is perplexing. I haven't seen her show in a long time, so I can't really speak to whether or not her performance on it is Emmy-worthy. Anyone have any insight into this?
  • On the topic of funny ladies, though, what kind of world is this in which Jennifer Aniston receives a nomination for her guest spot on 30 Rock, but there's no love for Amy Ryan's role on The Office? I liked Aniston fine on 30 Rock, but come on!
  • It is a joy to see Jemaine Clement's name in the Lead Actor category. That's all.
  • In general, I enjoy Beau Bridges, more or less, but an Emmy nomination for his guest role on Desperate Housewives? Really? That seems ridiculous.
  • In other confusing news, I'm not entirely clear on how they can have Padma and Tom nominated in the reality host category. And the two of them being the new nominees in that category instead of Cat Deely seems like injustice.
  • And . . . still confused: how does So You Think You Can Dance get four out of the six choreography nominations (to Dancing With the Stars' one), but Dancing With the Stars is the one that gets the overall series nomination? Though I have to say, "Bleeding Love" and "Mercy" are two of my very favorite routines ever on SYTYCD, so I'm glad they're both nominated.
  • Perhaps I'm easily amused, but this delights me: Hugh Jackman's opening song from the Oscars and one of the songs from A Colbert Christmas are nominated . . . in the same category as "Motherlover."

What do you think about these categories?

HIMYM photo courtesy of CBS, United States of Tara photo courtesy of Showtime, and Pushing Daisies photo copyright 2008 ABC, Inc

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