Thursday, July 14, 2005
Boob tube bitching
One of the few times you'll ever see stars of the small-screen up before 9 a.m. EST....of course, it's that time of year again: the 57th annual Emmy award nominations were revealed this morning. The big winner? Freshman dramedy Desperate Housewives racked up an impressive 15 nods. The divas of Wisteria Lane capped off an impressive season by being richly rewarded for a potent mix of a gay man's wet dream balanced with film-noir quirkiness. Well deserved! Color me happy that the tragically overexposed Eva Longoria was snubbed. Yeah, I'll be a hater...but she can't hold Marcia Cross' apron strings. Her portrayal of the quintessential Stepford wife on crack, Bree Van De Kamp is brilliant. Act like you know!
Overall, NATAS made much needed strides in the right direction (a virtual West Wing shutout, hallelujah!), but there's still more than a few glaring omissions that must be addressed.
Why the hell has the Academy been sleeping on The Wire for THREE LONG YEARS?! The omission of the most engrossing drama on TV is a slap in the face. Don't even get me started on the criminally overlooked cast which coaxed riveting performances this season again from Idris Elba, Dominic West & Sonja Sohn. A gritty look at the mean streets of Baltimore is just a bit too real for them to handle in one dose, I suppose. Hmph.
Another "what the fuck?!" is in order for the blatant snub of Lauren Graham of Gilmore Girls. Who does this woman have to blow for a nomination, goddamnit!
15 nods for the "been there, done that, is it still around?" Will & Grace? Give me a break. Even the magic of Sean Hayes & Megan Mullally has grown about as stale as week-old Chinese. NEXT!
A fluff nod for lead actress in a miniseries/TV movie to Halle Berry? Let's be real...Their Eyes Were Watching God was one lushly shot Revlon commercial in the Florida everglades masquerading as a competent adaptation. Oprah made us all fall for the okeydoke in the hype machine. Ruben Santiago-Hudson or Michael Ealy were far more deserving cast members. And speaking of miniseries noms, again...why wasn't Idris Elba's name not called for Sometimes In April?! It would've been a tough category to break, but how many more times do we need to see a retread on the life and times of Elvis? A total travesty.
Now that the bad's out the way, three cheers for recognition to the consistently compelling CCH Pounder of The Shield, the hilarious Jeremy Piven of Entourage, Naveen Andrews of Lost and Sandra Oh of Grey's Anatomy. Nice to see a greater kaleidoscope of minority faces in contention. It still ain't perfect, but we've come a long way from the distance in the rearview mirror.
- lala_bird commented at 7/18/2005 11:22:00 PM~
I don't watch a whole lot of Tv, but The Wire and Gilmore Girls are two that I tune in for. couldn't agree more...
- Michael commented at 7/19/2005 12:39:00 PM~
Hahahaha @ you calling Their Eyes Were Watching God a Revlon commerical. You don't have an ounce of sense.
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