Emmy nominations 2018: The good, the bad and the ugly

It’s a midsummer ritual: The Emmy Award nominations are announced and critics respond with a storm of snarling outrage over what we perceive to be outrageous snubs and flubs rendered by oh so clueless voters.

Of course, in this era of Peak TV — with more shows than ever — it’s near impossible to ace everything. We get that.

So, as we scan over this morning’s list of nominees, we’re going to try to accentuate the positive and give credit to some of the great calls made by the voters … before moving on to our moans and groans:

The good

— Fresh blood is too often missing from the Emmy competition. So it was great to see excellent freshman series “GLOW” (Netflix) and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon) crack the Best Comedy category. Also, Rachel Brosnahan, the wonderful leading lady on “Mrs. Maisel,” earned Best Actress nod.

— “The Americans,” which has been mostly ignored by Emmy over the years, was rightly honored for its exception finale season. The FX spy saga scored nominations for Best Drama, Best Actor (Matthew Rhys) and Best Actress (Keri Russell).

The bad

— Although we were happy to see Sandra Oh earn a Best Drama Actress nomination for her mesmerizing work in “Killing Eve,” the suspenseful cat-and-mouse drama failed to claim a spot in the Best Drama race. Also, Jodie Comer, who played the scene-stealing quirky assassin in “Killing Eve,” didn’t make the cut.

— Likewise, we were pleased to see Issa Rae land a Lead Comedy Actress nod for her standout performance in HBO’s “Insecure,” but the show should have been among the Best Comedy nominees.

— NBC’s emotionally wrenching drama “This Is Us” certainly received plenty of attention, but Mandy Moore was inexplicably missing from the Lead Drama Actress category. Apparently, her poor widowed character just didn’t suffer enough.

— Cheers again to the voters for recognizing the women’s wrestling comedy “GLOW,” but jeers for ignoring standout lead actress Alison Brie. Someone needs to deliver a flying drop kick to the voters who dissed her.

The ugly

— Broadcast television has received less and less Emmy love in recent years and much of that is justified. But we were still stunned to see Freddie Highmore get shut out in the Best Lead Drama category. He delivered a breakout performance in ABC’s freshman medical drama “The Good Doctor.”

— Netflix’s inspiring revival of Norman Lear’s “One Day at a Time” has been lauded by critics, but the voters apparently didn’t listen. The show was MIA in all the major categories.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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