Welcome to TVZone's annual rehash of the Emmy nominations, where you will learn: What the surprises were; 2.) Who got snubbed; 3.) How ridiculous some of the nominations were; and 4.) What's Bugging Gay This Time:
Lead actor in a drama series Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"; Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
My say: Pretty much as expected, although I thought there might be a couple of surprises here -- I like Ving Rhames, for example, and projected a nom for him; and Jonny Lee Miller, too. But they were long shots. Everyone here deserves to be here, and while I hate to make predictions this early. Kevin Spacey is probably the front-runner. (Always remember -- Emmy voters love big movie actors; it makes them feel better about what they do.). I hope and pray in my small way for a Jon Hamm victory however.
Lead actress in a drama series Connie Britton, "Nashville"; Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"; Kerry Washington, "Scandal"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"
My say: Farmiga. Seriously? No Julianna Margulies? Seriously? This is a confounding category. Sure, yours truly accurately called most of these save Margulies in my Emmys wrap Monday, but this is a hugely exciting category and I sort of wished the Emmy voters had been a little less doctrinaire, or by the book. Keri Russell of "The Americans" was brilliant and should have been on this; same with Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black."
Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or a movie Benedict Cumberbatch, "Parade's End"; Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"; Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra"; Toby Jones, "The Girl"; Al Pacino, "Phil Spector"
My say: Perfect picks, though I honestly think Pacino's presence here is due to name value as opposed to performance value; "Spector" was not good.
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or a movie Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum"; Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter"; Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector"; Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake"; Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals"
My say: USA marketed "Political Animals" as aggressively as any show on TV this past year; even though a.) it was boilerplate; b.) the audience largely rejected ti.
Drama series "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," "Homeland," "Mad Men"
My say: "House of Cards" was on everyone's list as a likely nominee, and by being here really truly establishes Netflix's entry into the major leagues. This is just a phenomenal score for Netflix and a validation of the strategy that HBO fashioned so many years ago: If you build a smart, well-acted, well-produced show, viewers will come.
Comedy series "30 Rock," "The Big Bang," "Girls," "Louie," "Modern Family," "Veep"
My say: Obviously, this was an easy category for voters to, umm, vote on. But many of us Professional Emmy Watchers out there really figured "Arrested Development" would be here, too. In fact, that was the genesis of all those "Year of Netflix" stories you've seen everywhere the last few days. This is not quite an oversight, but I still think "AD" deserves to be here, even though many critics turned against it almost immediately; I suspect that's why it got snubbed in the end. Besides, who are you going to knock off this list? "Veep?" Not likely. It had a brilliant season, and I'll bet it could even upset "Modern Family," which did not.
Miniseries or movie "American Horror Story," "Behind the Candelabra," "The Bible," "Phil Spector," "Political Animals," "Top of the Lake"
My say: Oh for crying out loud, this is just plain silly. Or mostly just plain silly. "Candelabra" and "Lake" belong here; the others do not. (OK, maybe "Bible" does -- if only because it was so ambitious, and had some well-done things; but it was also very clunky and corny at times, and .?.?. wait, shows can only be reviewed once.) Who got snubbed? Without question, in my humble opinion, "Parade's End."
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire"; Jonathan Banks, "Breaking Bad"; Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"; Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey"; Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"; Mandy Patinkin, "Homeland"
My say: Just about perfect. But give me a second, I'm sure I'll find an imperfection.
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"; Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"; Emilia Clarke, "Game of Thrones"; Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife"; Morena Baccarin, "Homeland"; Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"
Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"; Louis C.K., "Louie"; Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"; Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
My say: Here's the thing: Fox had a terrible morning. Nothing for "The Mindy Project;" nothing for "New Girl." That's terribly deflating and even more so when Jake Johnson gets bumped off this list. Everyone thought he was secure, but everyone was wrong.
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series Laura Dern, "Enlightened"; Lena Dunham, "Girls"; Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"; Tina Fey, "30 Rock"; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"; Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"
My say: Again, the "New Girl" snub is a bit confounding. The show really got its legs last season, so the neglect here would appear to be counterintuitive at the very least. The thing is, you have a very, very strong slate here. Do you really want to drop Falco off this? I don't think so. Louis-Dreyfus? She's the immediate past winner. Dern, who I expected, also absolutely deserved this, and could even win. If you never saw "Enlightened," you missed a show that grew and grew (Mike White? Snubbed!). Dern was terrific and may well pull down a win come September. In fact, that's my call: Dern wins.
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series Adam Driver, "Girls"; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"; Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"; Tony Hale, "Veep"
My say: The supporting actor category has been dominated by "Mad Men" for years, if only because the show is so steadfast is putting leads on the ballot as "supporting" as opposed to leads. I supposes this is "Family's" way of keeping peace in the house.
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"; Jane Lynch, "Glee,"; Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"; Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"; Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"; Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
My say: All good and all absolutely expected. This is the least surprising list of the day.