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Emmys: What The Academy got right and who they snubbed

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No need to worry, pretty much all your favorite TV shows were nominated for Emmy awards this year.

The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominees were announced Thursday morning, and the list of shows is far from disappointing.

There were some great picks (The Americans, Game of Thrones), sad snubs (Outlander, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and some obvious nominations (do they really have to keep nominating Modern Family?).

The Emmys also fabulously embraced diversity with no category having all white nominees. Yay!

Being TV fiends, we had to weigh in on this year's lengthy list.

What they got right

Christopher: The Americans is the best show on TV, and it rights a major wrong over the past three years to see that the Emmys finally caught up with what critics have been saying about it from the beginning. I would have like to have seen some supporting actor and actress love for Holly Taylor (Paige) and Noah Emmerich (Agent Beeman).

Veep was already great, but somehow it just finished its best season ever. It had the single best comedy moments of this TV season, and that's saying a lot in a year when Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Titus Burgess dressed as a geisha.

The Daily Show not being nominated really makes a statement. During Jon Stewart's tenure, The Daily Show was nominated for Best Talk Show every year since 2001 and won a ton. The show doesn't have that same righteous indignation under Trevor Noah, and the TV academy saw that. Noah, who is really funny and talented, still has a chance to make the show special again, but I have to agree that this first year it didn't happen.

Chelsea: Save for a few disappointments, the list of nominees was full of well-deserving shows and casts. I was glad to see many of my personal picks/obsessions snag multiple nominations, including The Americans, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None.

Even in its sixth season, HBO's Game of Thrones isn't slowing down with the awards. They topped out at 23 nominations this year, the highest for any show, including top drama series and multiple nominations for its cast. It's not surprising since this epic fantasy show had a literally explosive sixth season with stellar performances.

The same could be said for FX's The People v. O.J Simpson: American Crime Story with 22 nominations. The show snagged a nomination for a limited series and a few for its cast. Two of the biggest shows on television this year revolved around O.J. Simpson, former football star who was famously acquitted of murder. If The People v. O.J. didn't get at least one nod it would have been a serious disgrace. If Emmy nominations didn't convince you to relive one of the most dramatic murder trials of the century, check out our review of The People v. O.J. versus the documentary O.J.: Made in America.

Then there is American Horror Story. One of my favorite series, but not everyone's cup of tea. This year's macabre season revolved around the sinister happenings in an historic hotel. The show's newest lead, Lady Gaga, didn't land a nomination for her portrayal at The Countess, but queens Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson scored nods.

 

What they got wrong

Christopher: Samantha Bee's Full Frontal is the only essential watch on late night right now, and while her writers did get a nod, the show was left out in the Best Variety Talk Show category. Did the academy not see the segment when she tore down Texas congressman Dan Flynn on the state's HB2 abortion restrictions? Come on.

As far as Best Comedy Series, The Detour is such a fresh, and even suspenseful, take on the family sitcom (as in about a family, not necessarily "family friendly). There's nothing in this category that's not deserving, but I'd trade any of the nominees to get it in there. Plus it's like a double snub for Bee, since she created the series with her husband, Jason Jones.

Chelsea: Harking back to fellow staffers' list of Emmys we'd like to give, there are quite a few outstanding shows that have yet to be nominated and some that just don't get the love they deserve.

Orange Is the New Black's ladies of Litchfield did great last year with a nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and a win for Uzo Aduba. This year not so much, which is surprising because the Netflix series' fourth season was arguably the best yet.

We hoped for the best for the epic historical drama starring a time-traveling English lass and a hunky Scottish clansman, but weren't surprised that Outlander got snubbed. It more than deserves a nomination for historical accuracy, great story arcs, relatable characters and realistic sex scenes.The show has a dedicated following of both show and book-lovers, and its author and cast are just fabulous with fans. At least it scored two nods for its amazing costume design and production.

The loveable Comedy Central series Broad City often flies under the radar for awards. But dynamic duo Abbi and Ilana always keep us laughing through half hour episodes filled with fast fashion and the goings-on of millennial life in New York City. You'd be hard pressed to find a 20-something person who doesn't watch this show.

The only person I ever hear gush about HBO's The Leftovers is my boyfriend, which isn't surprising since he likes things others may not (read: me). Nonetheless, The Leftovers is a raw look at grief and moving on with dystopian undertones. The show is certainly underestimated, just like its showrunner, Damon Lindelof, who also helmed the Lost ship.

Welcome to the Emmy nominee club

Keri Russell, The Americans

FX's The Americans is one of the most underrated shows on television. The Emmys have been snubbing the show starring Russell and Matthew Rhys as undercover KGB spies in 1980s America for a few years now. It was surprising, but definitely not upsetting, that Russell, Rhys and the show itself were nominated in lead categories.

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Malek earned a Golden Globe for the series about a vigilante hacker last year, so this Emmy nom was only a matter of time.

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

There's more to Hiddleston than playing God of Mischief Loki and being the older half of Hiddleswift. He plays a sleek and sexy former British soldier-turned-spy in the AMC miniseries.

Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones

It took six seasons and his character's return from the dead to get this lad a nomination. Easy peasy, right?

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

If you're around 30, and you didn't find Ansari's portrayal of the way everything-hookups, friendships, conversations, ambition-starts to morph around that milestone the most relatable thing ever, who are you?

Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

She played a quirky, sideline character in The Office, but audiences fell in love with Kemper's Kimmy on the Netflix series. Her co-star, Titus Burgess, is also up for a supporting actor Emmy. #PeenoNoir

Cuba Gooding, Jr., People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Gooding, Jr. has come a long way since Snow Dogs and an Oscar for Jerry Maguire. He played a dark, breathtaking O.J. Simpson in the FX series.

Click here for a full list of the nominees and categories.

The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air at 8 p.m., September 18 on ABC.

Contact Chelsea Tatham at ctatham@tampabay.com. Follow @chelseatatham.
Contact Christopher Spata at cspata@tampabay.com. Follow @spatatimes.

 

[Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2016 12:04pm]

    

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