Emmy Nominations: Kurt Sutter Won’t Tattoo His Ass (sadly)
The Emmy Nominations are out and as always the list makes you want to laugh, to cry, and wonder: how old are the members again ?
If an alien was to come to our dear planet, he’d probably think that we are a very generous kind. When reading the nominations it feels sometimes there’s not enough contenders and one too many prize: ‘Oh, look, poor humans, they just have three TV shows in Comedy!‘.
[Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series 2011: Chris Colfer in Glee, Ed O’Neil in Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family, Ty Burrell in Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet in Modern Family and Jon Cryer in Two and A Half Men.]
It is quite remarkable that no actors from Community or The Big Bang Theory have received a nomination in the Supporting Actors category. Even more remarkable that Johnny Galecki scored one as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series with his impersonation of Leonard Hofstatder, known as the Dawson of The Big Bang Theory. (Nobody likes him, nobody cares.)
Like every year, some TV shows and great performances are left unrecognized, which is particularly frustrating when you see one TV show receiving two, three of four nominations in the same category.
Let’s accept the fact that none of the actors in Community deserve a nomination for their work; what about a nomination in Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for “Paradigms of Human Memory“, for which they shot 78 new scenes (for a 25 minutes episode), or for ‘A Fistful of Paintballs‘ the Part 1 Finale that paid homage to the Western genre? Alas, there’s only five spots, and Modern Family already got three in that category.
Dean Pelton in all its splendor in ‘Paradigms of Human Memory’
Fringe is having the same kind of trouble. After three seasons, the sci-fi TV show that talks parallel universes and fringe science has been admirably ignored. It is surprising though that John Noble, who plays the eccentric genius Walter Bishop (he actually plays three version of his character, but who cares) has been snubbed again. Is it because his character sometimes smokes weed and drops acid without turning into a drug dealer or a junkie? Probably.
Last, but not least, Sons of Anarchy is also absent from any category. With that title, and that subject – the ups and downs (mostly the downs really) of a gang of outlaw bikers in California – no surprise here. It’s dark and violent, but it’s an excellent show and the actors are doing a tremendous job, especially Katey Sagal (see Golden Globe) for whom we still had some hopes.
Kurt Sutter, writer and creator of Sons of Anarchy (he also plays a small part in the show as Otto) predicted it all, and in a way, it’s sad to see he’s right viewing he was willing to tattoo ‘EMMY RULES’ on his ass if Sons were to receive any nominations. Didn’t impress the members apparently.
(the tweets have been ordered chronologically from the oldest to the most recent.)
To conclude, I would just add: All the way Downton Abbey! (on Netflix watch instantly… if you’ve kept that option)