There are Emmy Awards snubs and then there are things the Emmys do that just either don’t make much sense or are idiotic nominations over actors or shows that should be clearly more deserving.
Here are the six biggest things from this year’s Emmy nominations that have me bothered:
1. Cloris Leachman as a Guest Actor
It was pretty chocking to scan through the complete Emmy nominations and see that Cloris Leachman had been nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for the Fox sitcom “Raising Hope.” You see, Leachman appeared in 20 of the show’s 22 season one episodes. I’m sorry, but if you appear in 91 percent of a show’s episode you are in no way a “guest,” you’re a supporting actress. In the past the rule for this category was no more than three episodes, then it was changed to six, then they just got away with a number altogether. Leachman simply should not be allowed in this category.
2. “Saturday Night Live” hosts as Guest Actors
It’s become a recent trend at the Emmys to see hosts of “Saturday Night Live” episodes to be nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor or Actress Emmys. Last year both Tina Fey and Betty White were nominated for this award for hosting stints, with White winning the award. This year Justin Timberlake and Zach Galifianakis are both nominated for this award for episodes hosted last season on ‘SNL.’ I guess when it comes right down to it that hosts of the longtime NBC variety series are “guests,” but the fact that they can and have been nominated in this category rubs me wrong.
3. “Glee” for Outstanding Comedy Series over “Community”
NBC’s comedy “Community” is easily one of the funniest shows on TV, but once again this year was completely snubbed by the Emmys, not even picking up a single nomination. The second season of Fox’s hit series “Glee” was nominated despite having an extremely weak sophomore season. In my mind, “Glee” took the spot in the Outstanding Comedy Series category that should’ve gone to “Community.” Even if “Glee” was on top of its game this season it might not deserve this spot over “Community,” because even though it has its funny moments, it’s not nearly the type of comedy and others in this category.
4. Jon Cryer for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy over Neil Patrick Harris
Though he’s never won this award, Neil Patrick Harris has been a lock in this category for the last few seasons for his wickedly hilarious role as Barney Stinson on CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother.” When I scrolled through the Emmy nominations and didn’t see his name in this category I was shocked. In fact, it was the most shocking (though maybe not the worst) snub in my opinion. This year it was really hard to find a spot in this category with all four male adults (Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) of “Modern Family” receiving nominations, and rightfully so. But, even more shocking than Harris not receiving a nomination was the fact that he was beaten out for a nomination by Jon Cryer of “Two & a Half Men.” Cryer’s bit as the whiny, twit of a man got old a long time ago, so why are the Emmys showing him love over Harris? I hope it isn’t just because Charlie Sheen was a jerk.
5. “Conan” for Outstanding Variety or Music Series over “Late Show with David Letterman”
David Letterman is television late night royalty and has been a mainstay nominee in this category for years, and won more of these awards than any other variety series until Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” recently passed him. His show hasn’t been lacking of late, so he should’ve been a lock in this category, especially over TBS’s “Conan.” Don’t get me wrong, Conan O’Brien is one of the funniest people alive, but I just feel that his new late night series for TBS has been lacking since it premiered last November. He needs to find that magic that worked for him back on “Late Night” on NBC.
6. Johnny Galecki for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series over Joel McHale
Johnny Galecki received his first nominee for this award for his role as Leonard on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” This really isn’t so much about Galecki being nominated as it is about two ‘Big Bang Theory’ cast members being nominated in this category. Jim Parsons was also nominated for his role as Sheldon. Some would say that you can’t have two leads on a show. While I don’t necessarily believe that I do know that because Galecki was added as a second lead with Parsons that the more deserving Joel McHale from NBC’s “Community” was snubbed.
The Emmy Awards can be seen on Fox16 Conway Corp. Channel 16 on September 18.