Backstage at the
Of course, this being the Emmys, the song remains the same. Once nominated, always nominated, until your show leaves the air or your third stint in rehab forces an unplanned hiatus. But there was the sense last year that a certain "Modern Family"
Not that any of this will keep Emmy voters from checking off a particular box out of habit. (How else do you explain the
A few thoughts as we head into the nomination season.
Recognize the season, not the life span
Live by this and not only do you eliminate the robotic rewarding of shows past their primes, but you can also reconsider a program like "30 Rock," which turned in as perfect a series finale season as we've ever seen. Had enough of "Mad Men's" musings about how one can never escape the past and truly change? Check out "Justified's" outstanding fourth season, which explores the same themes with twice the energy and entertainment value. The show's effortless charm tends to mask its ambitions, but they're right there — all in the service of a great yarn.
Don't think that you can forsake the DVR just because it's mid-May.
Enough waiting: Show them the love
Enough already: Show them the door
Michael C. Hall,
At least one of the men from "Modern Family." Room must be made in the supporting comedy category for a member or two of the "Arrested Development" cast. And Nick Offerman. (See above.)
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men." If only because we have the feeling that he's getting tired of sitting in the audience looking happy for other people.
• At least one Netflix series wins a nomination. (We'd err on the side of "Arrested Development.")
• Voters will again shut out the broadcast networks from the drama series lineup.
• A show or an actor, one you hold near to your heart (and who may love bacon as much as life itself) will be passed over.
• You will pour yourself a drink (something brown, since clear liquor is for rich women on diets) and get over it before the sun rises.