The 63rd annual Emmy nominations have been announced and as expected.
"Boardwalk Empire" looks to be in great shape. But this could also turn out to be an HBO vs. HBO show in September: "Game of Thrones" is on the boards for best drama, too. Here's the complete list...
"Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," and "Mad Men"
My say: "Dexter..." Again??? No "Treme?" Again? Railing against Emmy choices is like railing against the tides, but this omission and commission seems foolish. Certainly "Treme" should be here.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kathy Bates for "Harry’s Law," Connie Britton for "Friday Night Lights," Mireille Enos for "The Killing," Mariska Hargitay for "Law & Order: SVU," Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" and Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men"
My say: Kathy Bates is the big surprise here. Justified -- despite the fact that other actresses, like Katey Sagal, got shut out? Bates is a great actress, even if her new show is not. So as a Beatle once noted, let it be.
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire," Kyle Chandler for "Friday Night Lights," Michael C. Hall for "Dexter," Jon Hamm for "Mad Men," Hugh Laurie for "House," Timothy Olyphant for "Justified"
My say: Fine choices all. I like Buscemi's chances.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones," Josh Charles for "The Good Wife," Alan Cumming for "The Good Wife," Walton Goggins for "Justified," John Slattery for "Mad Men" and Andrew Braugher for "Men of a Certain Age"
My say: John Noble of "Fringe" is one of the best actors on TV, and he deserves to not only be here, but also deserves to win. But the Emmys hate sci-fi, so I'm not surprised by his omission.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kelly Macdonald for "Boardwalk Empire," Archie Panjabi for "The Good Wife," Christine Baranski for "The Good Wife," Margo Martindale for "Justified," Michelle Forbes for "The Killing" and Christina Hendricks for "Mad Men"
My say: Certainly nothing to complain about here -- but gimme a minute. I'm sure I'll think of something. Margo Martindale could surprise everyone here.
"The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and "30 Rock"
My say: Certainly strange that "Community" got a goose egg here, but not shocking. Emmy voters wouldn't have been inclined to give nods to four NBC Thursday comedies, after all, so someone had to fall out. Good for "Big Bang." And perplexed by "Glee," which is as comedic as a cinder block.
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie," Tina Fey for "30 Rock," Laura Linney for "The Big C," Melissa McCarthy for "Mike & Molly," Martha Plimpton for "Raising Hope" and Amy Poehler for "Parks and Recreation"
My say: Pretty good group here. I'm rooting for Melissa McCarthy, if only because she is such a complete and utter no-one-on-earth-except-her-parents-expected-this nomination. Good for her...
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock," Louis C.K. for "Louie," Steve Carell for "The Office," Johnny Galecki for "The Big Bang Theory," Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes" and Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory"
My say: Flawless choices. Carell might win, if only for all the obvious reasons, but his last season wasn't his best by a long shot.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Chris Colfer for "Glee,"Jesse Tyler Ferguson for "Modern Family," Ed O’Neill for "Modern Family," Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family," Ty Burrell for "Modern Family" and Jon Cryer for "Two and a Half Men"
My say: Fascinating that a "2.5 Men" nom sneaked in here. What could this possibly mean? I actually think Colfer will win this even if -- as mentioned -- I don't think "Glee" is even remotely a comedy this season. Ed O'Neill probably should have been entered into the best actor as opposed to supporting actor category, but the show must've reasoned he be a sure bet to get in this category. O'Neill is wonderful and deserves whatever honor he gets for "Family."
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Jane Lynch for "Glee," Betty White for "Hot In Cleveland," Julie Bowen for "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara for "Modern Family," Kristen Wiig for "Saturday Night Live" and Jane Krakowski for "30 Rock"
My say: Betty White? Interesting surprise if she wins, but given the last two years of this long and wonderful career, don't be shocker'ooed if she does. Sometimes Emmy voters bestow awards for the body of work, as opposed to the single role -- and in this instance, tired "Hot in Cleveland" doesn't exactly rise to laudatory status.
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Idris Elba for "The Big C," Nathan Lane for "Modern Family," Zach Galifianakis for "Saturday Night Live," Justin Timberlake for "Saturday Night Live," Matt Damon for "30 Rock" and Will Arnett for "30 Rock"
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Kristin Chenoweth for "Glee," Dot-Marie Jones for "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow for "Glee," Cloris Leachman for "Raising Hope," Tina Fey for "Saturday Night Live" and Elizabeth Banks for "30 Rock"
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Bruce Dern for "Big Love," Beau Bridges for "Brothers & Sisters," Michael J. Fox for "The Good Wife," Paul McCrane for "Harry’s Law," Jeremy Davies for "Justified" and Robert Morse for "Mad Men"
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Mary McDonnell for "The Closer," Julia Stiles for "Dexter," Loretta Devine for "Grey’s Anatomy," Randee Heller for "Man Men," Cara Buono for "Mad Men," Joan Cusack for "Shameless" and Alfre Woodard for "True Blood"