TV fans have traditionally rarely relied on the Emmys to reward excellence in our beloved medium. Including the seven best comedy nominees, nine sources delivered the 14 nominees - and that doesn't even include a breakthrough by Crackle, the streaming site that earned an unexpected variety-series nomination for Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee", and pulled down three nominations in all.
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images). In their first year, for example, Mr. Robot (USA Network), Master of None (Netflix), and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX) received multiple nominations. But the final season of "The Good Wife" was not recognized, and star Julianna Margulies also was snubbed. However, Stephen Colbert's Late Show and Larry Wilmore's Nightly Show were both shut out - as was The Daily Show itself, for the first time since 2000. Actress, Short Form Comedy or Drama Series: Patrika Darbo, "Acting Dead"; Erinn Hayes, Childrens Hospital; Janet Varney, "Everyone's Crazy But Us"; Michelle Ang, "Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462"; Tracie Thoms, "Send Me." 22. "I owe my performance whatever it is to him".
Zimmer wasn't the only bafflingly good TV vet to get her due at last. It's by no means an acceptable number, and is really not much of a change from past year (there were 16 POC performers nominated across all acting categories).
Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe and was considered a potential nominee for her role in the limited series "American Horror Story: Hotel", but she'll have to settle for competing for Grammys. The program featuring Bourdain, who attended Vassar College in the Town of Poughkeepsie and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, received multiple nominations, including one for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
Jane Krakowski of Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" was overlooked for a best supporting actress nomination. (The Native American controversy probably didn't help.) With two hit sitcoms now under her belt, Tracee Ellis Ross joins fellow nominee Niecy Nash from Getting On among the women of color who have had opportunities to shine at the Emmys, which culminated in Viola Davis's historic win past year.
Anthony Anderson was reading out names of Emmy nominees with actress Lauren Graham when she announced his best acting nod for ABC comedy "black-ish", prompting Anderson to yell out in joy. Max von Sydow is also nominated in guest actor. This year? It only got one nomination for casting. But the show's presence in the drama series field means someone had to go.
"Game of Thrones" will compete in a seven-way race for best drama with Showtime's Central Intelligence Agency thriller "Homeland", FX's Cold War espionage saga "The Americans", AMC's quirky legal story "Better Call Saul", the final season of PBS's period melodrama "Downton Abbey", Netflix's political mystery "House of Cards", and USA Network's new computer-hacking tale "Mr. Robot".
The CW: And the Emmys' bias continues.