Television critics are not part of the television academy, which means we don't get to vote in the
What we do get to do is second-guess, congratulate and complain. Which, honestly, is much more fun than having to look at a list of undeniably worthy nominees and choosing just one.
So I'm going to get my high-fiving and whining out of the way early so maybe I can just enjoy the show. (
Five things that would make me cheer:
Vince Gilligan wins for writing because, good Lord, how has he gone this long without winning?
"Louie" wins the comedy series Emmy because, well, it's an outstanding comedy. If not, then
Any show other than
Five things that will make me cancel my subscription to Emmy magazine (which I don't have because I am not a member of the television academy):
A sweep of any kind. I know we're all caught up in
The extra special In Memoriam falls flat. Undeniably, the television industry has lost several icons in the last year, and many beautiful things were said and written at the time of their deaths. The decision to add personal tributes to
Jon Hamm manages to star in one of the most consistently beautiful, innovative and influential shows in television history and never wins an Emmy. It happened to
Matt Damon and
"American Horror Story" wins anything. Seventeen nominations is enough.