July 19, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET
It happens every year. Just moments after the annual list of primetime Emmy nominations goes public, the grumbling begins. It seems the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the body behind TV’s biggest awards bash, will never get it right as far as some viewers are concerned.
And well, those viewers have a point.
Sure, the Emmys have long honored easy favorites, like “Mad Men” and “Modern Family." And heck, the old guard even made room for newbies, including “Girls,” this time around. But where’s the love for the habitually overlooked offerings? “Community” fans may be used to seeing their favorite show snubbed, but that doesn’t make it right.
There’s no shortage of such snubs in the 2012 Emmy nod list. In addition the annual “Community” omission, the Outstanding Comedy Series category alone lacked expected spots for “New Girl,” Louie” and “Parks and Recreation.”
It wasn’t any better for comedy’s leading stars either. Despite critical praise for their work last season, Ed Helms (“The Office), Joel McHale ("Community"), Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”), Laura Dern (“Enlightened”) and Laura Linney (“The Big C”) didn't make the final cut.
While the Outstanding Drama Series nominations were pretty much as expected -- with the notable omissions of “The Good Wife” and "The Walking Dead" -- for the drama talent, it was more of the same. Katey Sagal (“Sons of Anarchy”), Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) and Mireille Enos (“The Killing”) were no-shows on the nom list. And the spot assumed to be a shoo-in for “House” star Hugh Laurie, in honor of his work on the long-running show’s final season, went to another Hugh instead -- Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham on “Downton Abbey."
There’s no pleasing everyone, but this year’s lacking Emmy nominations list is sure to leave TV fans talking.
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