Cable TV starting to own Emmy nominations
Emmy nominations are out, which is about as exciting as when Ron Popeil rolls out a new line of food dehydrators, but we've got a duty to inform you of at least five or six of the eleventy billion nominations. Bear with us.
AMC's Mad Men and FX's Damages both got the distinction of being the first basic cable programs to get best-series noms, which is surprising, since we all know Jamie Lynn Spears' Zoey 101 deserved some recognition last year. What can you do? The Wire didn't get a chance in its final season, and only got one nomination, for writing. David Simon must be so happy.
But the sheer volume of nods is what's astounding: HBO miniseries John Adams got 23 of them, including a lead actor shot for Paul Giamatti. Twenty three? That's like when everyone at those youth soccer leagues gets a participant trophy. And 30 Rock, a show The Juice* collective really likes, gets 17, the most among comedies.
For best actor in a comedy series, we've got Tony Shalhoub, Steve Carell, Lee Pace, Alec Baldwin and Charlie Sheen. In a drama, there's James Spader, Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Gabriel Byrne and Jon Hamm. That's four notices for cable series -- watch out, networks.
On the actress side, for funny girls we have Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Christina Applegate, Tina Fey, America Ferrera and Mary-Louise Parker in Showtime's Weeds. And again on the dramatic side, there's Sally Field, Kyra Sedgwick, Glenn Close, Mariska Hargitay and Holly Hunter. That's three women on cable networks, people.
The Emmy Awards ceremony will be held Sept. 21 and broadcast on ABC. Other Emmy honors, including those for technical achievement and guest actors and actresses in series, will be given at the creative arts ceremony on Sept. 13.
But while you're sifting through the tons of categories in the 33-page pdf we've provided below (featuring hits like Outstanding Main Title Design and Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or A Special -- Non Prosthetic), our absolute favorite one is for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for Jimmy Kimmel Live's I'm F***ing Matt Damon. Even though Jimmy and Sarah Silverman just broke up, we're sure she's proud.
[Photo: Kristen Chenowith and Neil Patrick Harris presented the nominees. Getty Images]