The Emmy noms have just been announced and, yet again, HBO's stunning show The Wire is not among the show nominated as best drama series. Congratulations, Emmy people, you managed to ignore one of the finest achievements in TV drama. Ever. You dicks. Last month the Emmy longlist was announced and The Wire made the top 10, yet it still got shut out of the final five. No, the final six - there are six nominees this year and still no place for The Wire. Sigh.
So, what did nominated for best drama series? Damages - good call. Dexter - no arguments there. House - definitely back at its peak. Lost - another strong return to form. Mad Men - the best newcomer of the past year, no question and the likely winner. And the sixth nominee? The one that got picked ahead of The Wire? Boston Legal. Boston bloody Legal. Ye gods and little fishes, who made that decision? What doofus picked Boston Legal over The Wire? Dicks.
The Wire did at least get a nom for best drama series writing, alongside an episode of Battlestar Galactica [at last, some major Emmy recognition for a much loved series], the pilot for Damages, and two helpings of Mad Men - the pilot and the first season's heartbreaking finale. If I was voting, the last of these five would win, but grud knows who will get the relevant trophy in September.
Best comedy series nominations are Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, The Office, 30 Rock, and Two and A Half Men [30 Rock's my choice]. Best comedy series writing, you ask? A episode each from Flight of the Conchords, The Office and Pushing Daisies, plus two noms for 30 Rock. [I'd tap Bryan Fuller's dizzying, almost diabetic-coma inducingly sweet Pushing Daisies pilot.] So, not too many arguments on the comedy nominations front from me.
Perhaps my favourite category for juxtaposition of opposites comes in the nominees for outstanding music and lyrics. There's two songs from Flight of the Conchords, one from MAD TV, one from the Disney Channel and this gem by Sarah Silverman. Enjoy [but be warned - not so suitable for work].