The Emmys have traditionally been seen as the moment when the television world puts its most highbrow foot forward. In recent years, the big categories been heavy in dark, edgy dramas seen on HBO and AMC; shows that challenge traditional values in ways calculated to tickle the sensibilities of Blue State viewers and often annoy the country's other half.
But dig a little deeper and there's a lot more there beneath the well-publicized outpost of snooty "Mad Men" apostles. Beyond the big dramatic nominations, the Emmy noms are stocked thick with good, traditional stories that play big in Red America. This year nominated alongside "Girls" and "Breaking Bad" are shows featuring real stories of working men, tales from the Book of Deuteronomy, and affectionate portraits small town hash-slingers.
While the "Duck Dynasty" may have tragically been snubbed, expect to see plenty of mullets and frosted goatees walking the red carpet alongside the exquisitely coiffed Hollywood luminaries.
Red state viewers should keep an eye on the Emmy's offshoot, their Creative Arts show, where many of the technical and reality categories are celebrated. There you can expect to see nominee Guy Fieri (“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”) holding court and The Bible producers standing as the affair's BMOCs.
3 Nominations including Best Reality Competition Host for Ryan Seacrest
3 Nominations including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie
4 Nominations including Outstanding Reality Series
Diners, Drive In's and Dives
Outstanding Reality Program
Jay Leno's Garage
Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Non-Fiction Programs
The Men Who Built America
4 Nominations including Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series
Outstanding Stunt Co-ordination
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Bin Laden
Outstanding Art Direction and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries