July 15th, 2009
01:42 PM ET

Emmy nominations: who deserves them?

Nominations for the PrimeTime Emmy Awards are announced Thursday morning, and you can expect to hear a lot of familiar names called out.  Award show seer Tom O'Neil prognosticates that, out of 24 nominees in the four major acting categories, only six nods will go to performers who weren't nominated last year: Simon Baker for The Mentalist, Kiefer Sutherland for 24, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory, Tara Collette for The United States of Tara, Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation... and, speaking of new blood, Anna Paquin for True Blood.  All but Sutherland are on new shows, and he missed out last year when the writers' strike did what no TV villain could: knock out Jack Bauer.

Does this mean no one on an existing show is improving at their craft?  Or that Emmy voters are stuck in a rut?  Do you like seeing at least some of the same actors and shows return year after year, as long as they stay at the top of their games, or should they follow the lead of Candice Bergen and Bill Cosby, and withdraw from competition after receiving ample acclaim, opening up the field to new talent?  In short, who should be nominated?

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Sheila

    Hugh Laurie will likely win for best actor in a drama series this year. It took them 5 years before preseenting it to Kiefer Sutherland.

    July 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Julie

    Pushing Daisies. For everything.

    July 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    I'd love to see Anna Gunn nominated for Best Actress – Drama and Aaron Paul for Best Supporting Actor – Drama...both for Breaking Bad. By far, the most compelling show on television.

    July 15, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Effen78

    In addition to Jon Hamm's stellar work in "Mad Men," a bunch of the Supporting Actress – Drama nods should go to the women on the show: Elisabeth Moss, January Jones and Christina Hendricks. They all add so much texture and depth to their respective characters. And Vincent Kartheiser should be singled out, as well, for Supporting Actor – Drama.

    July 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. linda fanelli

    I really couldn't care less who gets nominated for best actor in a drama as it seems that the great Hugh Laurie will never get an Emmy for the most interesting character on television; House.

    July 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LD

    Timothy Hutton for Leverage, great show, top-notch cast, and superb writers. Can't wait for new season.

    July 15, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LBW

    Cuba Gooding for his work in "Healing Hands" the Dr. Ben Carson Story. He was awesome.

    July 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

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