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And the Emmy goes to … sadly not these shows

July 19, 2012

The Atlantic hit it so right on what shows and actors will be wrongfully not nominated for an Emmy, it reminded me of why I so often do not watch the awards show. I mean usually it’s because I forget they’re on, but it’s also because they never take a chance any of the really deserving shows or actors.

Matt Czuchry of The Good Wife

Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos on The Good Wife. Courtesy CBS

Matt Czuchry is so strong as Cary Agos on The Good Wife yet he’s often overshadowed by Chris Noth and Alan Cumming’s characters. I remember when he was a wee boy on Gilmore Girls. He played a similar, you can be a smarmy asshole, but really you’re a pretty nice guy, and alright, I do like you, character.

The cast of Happy Endings

The cast of Happy Endings. Courtesy ABC

I already wrote a post about how I’ve been progressively warming to Happy Endings, but I don’t think it deserves a Best Comedy nomination yet. There are still a few kinks to be worked out plot and characterwise. Where it shines is the cutting dialogue and goofy character pairings (Penny and Max are a favorite). If it keeps improving the way it did over last season, only it’s second mind you, I’d say Happy Endings will be worthy of a nomination after next season.

Ben Wyatt with his claymation doll

Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt with his “claymayshe.” Courtesy NBC

When Mark Brendanawicz left Parks and Recreation at the end of season 2 I was really sad (mostly because I loved it when Andy or Tom would say his name), but his replacement, Ben Wyatt, played by Adam Scott, was nothing short of comedic perfection. Ben’s humor is so versatile: he can be subtle, nerdy and quirky, and most importantly Adam Scott is capable of gelling Ben with every single other character on the show. I would like to see more of him and Ron alone, and of course there needs to be another Treat Yo Self Day with Donna and Tom.

Max Greenfield as Schmidt no shirt

He’s usually shirtless. Max Greenfield as Schmidt on New Girl. Courtesy FOX

Max Greenfield of New Girl needs to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor. His character, Schmidt, is (rhyme attack) the shit. He plays one of the most original male characters to appear on a comedy in a long time. He’s not just the player, he’s the neurotic, kind of a stickler, but also sweet guy. And I will never think of youths or chutney again without thinking of dear Schmidty. He should also get a special Emmy for his workout video alone.

Update: Max Greenfield was actually nominated! Congratulations Max, and congratulations nomination committee people for making a smart choice.

Awake TV show

Jason Isaacs starred in Awake before it was cancelled. Courtesy NBC

I don’t agree with everything The Atlantic said. Some of the dark horses the article notes are actually just undeserving vanilla horses that someone poured black paint on and tried to masquerade as cutting edge. Awake was not brilliant or complex, Kevin Fallon (the guy who wrote this piece for The Atlantic), it was dry and predictable. Those lighting changes where everything was grey and green when Son was alive and bright and warm when Wife was still kicking were obtuse and unimaginative. Also, I love how that guy’s psychologists had no problem letting him continue to hallucinate, becoming a harm to himself and potentially others. They must be highly sought after professionals.

I would be very surprised if any of these actors or shows picked up nominations, but then again I probably won’t find out because I’ll once again forget to watch the Emmy Awards.

What shows or actors do you think deserve an Emmy?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2012 11:50 am

    Could do with a little more claymayshe and shirtless Schmidty. Best things about Thursday and Tuesday nights. And I am totally looking forward to more Happy Endings. I was thinking about how much I miss Penny oddly, even though she used to be the reason I couldn’t stand the show.

    • July 20, 2012 2:42 pm

      i know, Penny’s amahzingness suddenly became amazing. They made her less of Max’s hag and more of an individual.

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