By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2011
A bad moon rose on the Emmy hopes of vampires and zombies, the female breakout star of "Glee" struck a sour note, FX's top motorcycle mama ran out of gas, and "The Closer" couldn't close a nomination after last year's victory.
Several of TV's most high-profile series and performers were snubbed in various marquee categories in the Emmy nominations announced Thursday morning, prompting responses ranging from graceful to incredulous.
AMC's zombie drama, "The Walking Dead," and HBO's vampire fantasia, "True Blood," both among cable's most popular series, failed to score a nomination for outstanding drama series. The lead performers on those shows, including Oscar winner Anna Paquin of "True Blood," were shut out in the acting categories.
"Glee" scored five nominations in the acting categories, including supporting actress Jane Lynch, but Lea Michele, who was nominated last year, is not in the running in the lead actress in a comedy division.
Kyra Sedgwick, who finally scored an Emmy for lead actress in a drama last year for "The Closer" after being nominated four previous years, failed to nab a nomination in the TNT drama's penultimate season.
Sedgwick tweeted a reaction to the snub while praising costar Mary McDonnell's nomination as guest actress in a drama series for her role as Capt. Sharon Raydor: "I was disappointed this morning for sure, I had a premonition all night about it. But SO happy for sweet Mary!!"
Kurt Sutter, creator of FX's highly rated outlaw-biker drama "Sons of Anarchy," correctly predicted that the show would not receive any nominations. On the eve of the announcement he tweeted that the series would be shut out: "Too dirty, too bloody, too pulpy."
Still, he unleashed a stream of profane, pointed but humorous tweets after the Emmy announcement. In one, he wrote, "…not saying we deserve any Emmys. Just like to be included."
Also left out of the outstanding drama category was Showtime's highly touted "The Borgias" starring Oscar winner Jeremy Irons.
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