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2008 Primetime Emmy noms by Barbecue Bros
July 17, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: tv

Emmy nominations were announced this morning and the Emmy ceremony will be held Sept. 21 and broadcast on ABC. Some of the notable categories:

Outstanding Drama Series
Boston Legal
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

Can’t complain too much about this Outstanding Drama Series list when it contains Boston Legal, Dexter and Lost (I’m starting Mad Men very soon.) Friday Night Lights didn’t have a really strong season, so I have no issues with it being left off. The Riches was probably an outside shot to get nominated, but I would have liked to see it since it had a really strong first season in 2007.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Entourage
The Office
30 Rock
Two and a Half Men

It’s been so long since Curb Your Enthusiasm was on the air that I was surprised to see it on the list. Ditto for Entourage (though I’m actually really excited for it to return) in the fall. Obviously can’t argue with The Office or 30 Rock, but Two and a Half Men again? I know its “America’s most watched comedy” or some BS, but let’s not get carried away with populist choices.

Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Bernard and Doris — HBO
Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale — HBO
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter — Lifetime
A Raisin in the Sun — ABC
Recount — HBO

The Extras movie was very good, as was Recount.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report — Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — Comedy Central
Late Show With David Letterman — CBS
Real Time With Bill Maher — HBO
Saturday Night Live — NBC

Still a big fan of The Colbert Report, but I’m sure it won’t win over The Daily Show (sadly) or Letterman.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Yes Carell and Baldwin, no Sheen.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
James Spader, Boston Legal
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

I really love that Michael C. Hall is getting recognition for his excellent work in Dexter. James Spader is also a good nom.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ralph Fiennes, Bernard and Doris
Ricky Gervais, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
Paul Giamatti, John Adams
Kevin Spacey, Recount
Tom Wilkinson, Recount

I’d like to see Ricky Gervais win. While not as classic as The Office, Extras was still a very good and hilarious series, making Gervais two for two in his tv career.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Good to see Fey and Parker getting nominated again.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

Can you guess which nomination I have a problem with? Have you ever seen Two and a Half Men?

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
William Shatner, Boston Legal
Ted Danson, Damages
Zeljko Ivanek, Damages
Michael Emerson, Lost
John Slattery, Mad Men

I think Michael Emerson should win for his work as Ben on Lost.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

Amy Poehler brings it every week on SNL and deserves the win for this Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment

Oh, how I loathe Grey’s Anatomy.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Eileen Atkins, Cranford
Ashley Jensen, Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale
Alfre Woodard, Pictures of Hollis Woods
Audra McDonald, A Raisin in the Sun
Laura Dern, Recount

Ashley Jensen was consistently hilarious in Extras while Laura Dern was really good as Katherine Harris in Recount.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Shelley Berman, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Rip Torn, 30 Rock
Will Arnett, 30 Rock
Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock
Tim Conway, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Wow, 30 Rock cleaned up in both guest actor in a comedy category nominations.

The rest of the other major categories after the jump, most of which I didn’t care about either way.

Outstanding Miniseries
The Andromeda Strain — A&E
Cranford (Masterpiece Theatre) — PBS
John Adams — HBO
Tin Man — Sci Fi Channel

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Catherine Keener, An American Crime
Susan Sarandon, Bernard and Doris
Dame Judi Dench, Cranford
Laura Linney, John Adams
Phylicia Rashad, A Raisin in the Sun

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
David Morse, John Adams
Stephen Dillane, John Adams
Tom Wilkinson, John Adams
Denis Leary, Recount
Bob Balaban, Recount

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Stanley Tucci, ER
Glynn Turman, In Treatment
Robin Williams, Law & Order: SVU
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Oliver Platt, Nip/Tuck
Charles Durning, Rescue Me

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Ellen Burstyn, Big Love
Diahann Carroll, Grey’s Anatomy
Cynthia Nixon, Law & Order: SVU
Anjelica Huston, Medium
Sharon Gless, Nip/Tuck

Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Jon Stewart, 80th Annual Academy Awards
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
David Letterman, Late Show With David Letterman
Don Rickles, Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live

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2 Comments so far
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Lets back up.

Whats your beef with Grey’s?

Jeremy Piven should skate through supporting actor in comedy. His work in Entourage is inspiring.

Comment by Walters

GA is just an awful, awful show. The tone of the show is whiney and I don’t think any character on it is likeable in any way.

NPH or Rainn Wilson should win Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.

Comment by twoguns




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