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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!

More thoughts if you


  • 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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Countess827 Countess827 7 years
Me too! I was so excited for HIMYM and Kristin Chenoweth! What a talented actress! I never understood the hype over Two and Half Men. The show feels like a forced laugh. Its more uncomfortable than amusing.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
Amy Ryan was definitely robbed. Definitely!
Tech Tech 8 years
I agree with you about Family Guy, Buzz. Shoulda been the Simpsons!
thescott thescott 8 years
I was thrilled to see Kristin Chenoweth on there, too, or any love for Pushing Daisies at all. I'm so sad to see that show go.
hollycf hollycf 8 years
I was happy to see all the SNL recognition. It had a pretty good season in my opinion. However I still think Bill Hader should have gotten a nomination. I like Amy, but she was barely in last season. And I agree that although I really like animation and it's cool seeing an animated show in a best series category, I really do not like Family Guy.
weffie weffie 8 years
I was happiest about Christina Applegate, I hope she wins and they magically decide to bring back Samantha Who? :) I also think the Simpsons is a much funnier show than Family Guy. I think it's cool that any cartoon is in the category, but Simpsons & American Dad are much clever-er so I'd prefer one of them. Sarah Silverman totally deserves it, I think she has one of the funniest shows on tv. And Cat Deeley was robbed!!
gingirl gingirl 8 years
So excited to see Jim Parsons from "The Big Bang Theory" up for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series!!! He's so great as Sheldon, by far the best character on the show. I had heard a lot of buzz about TBBT getting a couple of Emmy nods (for the entire series and Kaley Cuoco getting a nod as lead actress), so that's too bad. And so glad that Two and a Half men isn't in there! How I Met Your Mother is so much more deserving - great show. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
So glad that Two and a Half Men is not there; so sad that So You Think You Can Dance didn't receive a nomination.
nelsonae nelsonae 8 years
could not be more excited about HIMYM being nominated! but what happened to friday night lights? they deserve a nomination
JulieJean JulieJean 8 years
Salma Hayek should have been nominated too. She was great on 30 Rock, better than Aniston. And definetly Amy Ryan!
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 8 years
No, you're not mean at all Buzz. I thought exactly the same thing. I love the FOTC and HIMYM love, but I'm bummed that Amy Ryan and John Krasinski didn't get any noms. :(
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