Emmy Snubs and Surprises
Matt LeBlanc and Kyra Sedgwick (Showtime/TNT)
Surprise: Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
How you doin'? The former "Friends" star has earned some of the best reviews of his career for his self-mocking role on Showtime's "Episodes," but we were still surprised to hear his name called. (We didn't think anyone knew that show existed.) It's doubly shocking because he never received the acting kudos that his "Friends" cohorts Courteney Cox and Matthew Perry did, and neither of them earned nominations for their new projects, "Cougar Town" and "Mr. Sunshine." LeBlanc still has a long way to go to make up for "Joey," though.
Snub: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
It's rare to see a reigning Emmy winner not even get a measly nomination the following year, but that's just what happened to Sedgwick, who stars as super sleuth Brenda Johnson on TNT's hit procedural. And it's all the stranger when head-scratchers like Kathy Bates ("Harry's Law") and Mireille Enos ("The Killing") earned first-time nominations instead. We wonder if even Brenda herself could solve this mystery.
Surprise: Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
We should've known McCarthy was in when they asked her to read the Emmy nominations this morning. But it was still a stunner to see her land a Best Actress in a Comedy nomination (her first) for CBS's lightly regarded "Mike & Molly." Did her recent scene-stealing turn in the big-screen hit "Bridesmaids" win her votes? Or did she simply sneak into an admittedly weak category that's had to resort to dramedies like "Nurse Jackie" and "The Big C" to fill out its ranks?
Snub: "The Voice"
With its strong ratings, unique concept, and Mark Burnett's golden touch, we were sure "The Voice" would be a shoo-in to get an Emmy nod for Outstanding Reality Competition Program. The rookie series took the "American Idol" formula and turned it upside down with compelling blind auditions, exciting duet battle rounds, a roster of contestants with genuine singing talent, and four superstar music artists — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton — as the show's coaches. From beginning to end, "The Voice" hit all the right notes, and perhaps if it had received a nomination, it may have actually taken home the award — something "Idol" has failed to do at the Emmys all eight years it's been nominated.
Snub: Nick Offerman, "Parks and Recreation"
Remember how devastated Ron Swanson was when he discovered his favorite steakhouse had closed down? Yeah, that's us right now. Sure, we're thrilled that "Parks" got a Best Comedy Series nod, along with Amy Poehler. But we just can't understand how we live in a world where Nick Offerman's sublimely stoic performance as the gruff Swanson goes unrecognized. We'll take a page from the man himself and blame the snub on the bureaucrats in Washington.
Snub: "Cougar Town"
Look, we love "Glee" and "Modern Family," and we were delighted to see them recognized when the nominations were announced. However, TV's funniest sophomore series, "Cougar Town," was blatantly brushed aside. Blasphemy! "Cougar" is truly one of the best ensemble shows on the air because of star Courteney Cox's chemistry with supporting players Busy Philipps and Christa Miller. Unfortunately, the show's risqué title is most likely to blame for turning off viewers and offending uptight Academy voters, who prevented the laugher from getting its due recognition.