July 9th, 2010
02:25 PM ET

Emmy nominations had an awful lot of misses

Not an awards nomination ceremony goes by without someone, somewhere uttering those three little words: “But what about…”

This year's Emmy nominations were no different with some seemingly glaring oversights.

There wasn't a best comedy series bid for CBS’ little nerd show that could, “Big Bang Theory,” nor was there a best reality show bid for "Survivor." And how did Ed O’Neill earn the distinction of being the only adult cast member on ABC’s “Modern Family” not to be nominated?

We get that Charlie Sheen has had some personal problems, but did that mean he didn’t deserve to be nominated for his work on “Two and a Half Men?”

It was great to see new shows "Modern Family" and "Glee" score so many nominations, as well as to see Betty White's star continue to shine with her best guest actress in a comedy nomination for her "power to the Facebook people" stint on "Saturday Night Live."

But that doesn't mean commenters on CNN’s site didn't have lots to say about who was and who wasn’t recognized this year.

Was "Community" nominated for nothing?!” wrote one identified as azguy2008. “That's robbery!”

[It did seem a tad mean that “Community” star Joel McHale had to announce the nominations alongside Emmy-nominated “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara (whose show received several nominations), even though he didn't receive a bid.]

“What happened to '24,’ ” queried another commenter named Jackie.

“Sons of Anarchy is one of the best shows out there right now, how on EARTH is it not getting any recognition,” said commenter Steph. “Especially Katey Segal or Charlie Hunnam. This is a load of crap!”

You can’t please everyone, but it seems like a weird Emmy year when the dude from the Old Spice commercials seems to be getting more attention than some of the major stars ("The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" ad was nominated in the outstanding commercial category.)

Who do you think got slighted?

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  1. graphic design cover letter

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    August 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tt

    I can't believe no "HOUSE", "BURN NOTICE", "IN PLAIN SITE" or "30 ROCK"...HOUSE being left out is confounding..

    August 30, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    WOW!! I ususally don't comment on these things, but NCIS has been # 1 for several years now, not just as a drama, but #1 on television. Yes I realize it is just for network, but the ratings dont lie. Go Mark Harmon and the rest of the cast of NCIS, the honors are overdue, they will be given eventually though.

    August 30, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. marcus

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    August 30, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. julius

    2 n a half men was robbed. Its the best comedy on tv ever. Emmys r a joke

    August 30, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. julius

    2 n a half men was robbed. Its the best comedy on tv ever

    August 30, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. teresa

    Personally, I think that "Fringe" showcases some brilliant actors, with an uncharacteristically broad range for series TV.
    I like shows that make you think a bit, and that don't TELL you when to laugh or to cry. Instead, they trust in your instincts and earn emotion through their characterization.

    August 2, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Stephanie

    The actors and writers that work on the TV series Chuck were totally overlooked. It's really something that anyone in the family can watch, due to the action, drama, romance, and comedy, and how many of us can relate to the main character – an average guy, who dreams of having a better live and finding true love.

    July 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    I watched an episode of Modern Family, and I didn't think it was funny at all. My impression was that it was trying very hard to be Arrested Development and not succeeding in the least.

    July 18, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sparky

    John Noble for "Fringe."

    July 18, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      I agree Sparky. Fringe is an excellent show all around. The acting is incredible. John Noble can break your heart with just a slight brow wrinkle and that look . . . he gets in his eyes. But it's subtle, and if you aren't watching closely you might miss it. That man has single-handedly made be believe that the world depicted in Fringe just might be real. I know that I can't think of any great parent who wouldn't have done exactly what he did, to H@!l with the consequences.

      August 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ninerrich

    What about Breaking Bad, that is one of the best shows out there. SOA is also one of the great ones. How the hell is running this thing!

    July 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ninerrich

      sorry Breaking Bad is on there, should win, but still what the hell about SOA, lol

      July 17, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leela

    'Community' was robbed. The show got stronger and stronger all season. Best ensemble cast on TV (or at least up there with '30 Rock' and 'Modern Family'). Perhaps Ahbed will do a spoof on awards ceremonies next season.

    July 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Becky

    David Tennant for lead actor in a miniseries or made for TV Movie for Hamlet. One of the most amazing performances of the character I have seen in quite a long time.

    July 17, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Grey's Anatomy didn't deserve any nominations this year and it was just that they didn't get any nominations. Chandra Wilson and Sandra Oh not receiving nominations is simply karmic payback. Both have gotten by the "popular show" factor in the past. Back in 2008 both got nominations and a few actresses who are far better than them were truly snubbed by the Emmys. One of those actresses who snubbed in 2008 finally got a nomination this year. Oh and Wilson had it coming and now they are finally punished for their overrated acting.

    July 14, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. sheila

    if you haven't seen "Justified" on FX, you have missed a truly great show worthy of numerous emmys but received none. timothy olyphant and walter goggins are brilliant!

    July 12, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  16. generatrix

    I'm always a little disappointed by the reality TV category. Spike's The Ultimate Fighter is very well shot and put together, but never gets a nod. I understand that MMA isn't really everyone's cup of tea, but even aside from the subject matter, TUF is one of the best edited shows I've ever seen. I'd like to see it get some recognition, even if it's just for the technical side of things.

    July 12, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  17. MSLillyGO

    Will Forte as Paul and Jina AND Cher... all at once...delicious!

    July 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. glc

    To Jordin: Nelsan Ellis plays Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood. NOT Ellis Nelson.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  19. glc

    For some reason, shows like Six Feet Under, True Blood and Spartacus never get their Emmy "due". I could care less about the silly, poorly written, badly acted sitcoms. Cutting edge shows always seem to be slighted. How anyone could overlook the work of Nelsan Ellis and Alex Skaarsgaard I do not know. The only half-hour show worth anything besides Modern Family is The Middle. Once again, it just proves that it's not your work it's who you know which gets all the glory. The Emmys are about as relevant as Sarah Palin.

    July 11, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. CAO

    I agree completely with who was nominated!

    July 11, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  21. Margie

    What happend to Spartacus? It unreal, best show. Anna Pacquin for True Blood. The nominations committe had their head up their asses.Also

    July 11, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. Chris

    TREME continues the grand tradition of David Simon created shows (The Wire, Generation Kill) of being the best shows on television without ever garnering any nominations or viewership for that matter!

    Best shows on TV at the moment

    1) Madmen (no viewership)
    2) Treme (no viewership and no nominations)
    3) Sons of Anarchy (no viewership and no nominations)

    July 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      In the words of the infamous Rodney Dangerfield "I don't get no respect"

      July 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Chris

    it's really funny!

    July 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Chris

    what about Will & Grace?!

    July 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Edward

    Hugely disappointing was not having Lucy Lawless, John Hannah and Viva Bianca of Spartacus: Blood and Sand be recognized. If the show truly deserved to be ignored, those three performances would be exceptions. HUUUGE exceptions. That show went from OK to good and then to AWESOME by the last third of the 1st season!

    July 10, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Janine

    Cat Deeley should have been nominated for best reality show host. Not only does she connect with the audience & the contestants, she stands up to the judges (see last Wednesday night), doesn't indulge in cutesy mock repartee with the judges & always has command of the show! Love you, Cat!

    July 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • guinevere

      You said it. Cat Deeley was definitely overlooked here.

      July 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I think I speak for many Americans in thinking that the problem with this snub is simple...who's Cat Deely?

      July 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Eric Northman fan

    I was really disappointed by how few nominations True Blood received this year. I was expecting several of the lead actors to be nominated, especially Alexander Skarsgard, but not a single person was. Other than a few technical nominations, only the show itself was nominated. What happened this year Emmy people!?!?

    July 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Comment

    I too am kinda upset that Community didn't get nominated for anything. I think Brothers and Sisters was slighted too. How can you not nominate Sally Field? She's amazing! I think Portia de Rossi should've been nominated for her work on Better Off Ted. Kaley Cuoco is also fantastic in Big Bang Theory.

    I don't know how I feel about awards shows like this because it seems like a lot of the same shows and actors keep getting nominated every year, when there are so many others out there who are overlooked. 30 Rock is a great show and all, but it's not the only one worthy out there.

    July 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  29. suzzi

    Chris Noth should have been nominated for his work on The Good Wife.

    July 10, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  30. DPC

    What about CASTLE?! Great show, great cast!

    July 10, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  31. JT

    Hurray for Kyle Chandler! The lead actor in a drama is a solid category.

    July 10, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  32. Robert

    No one is mentioning the alarming, disappointing and downright offensive fact that out of some 68(!) total nominations in the combined acting categories, only two were for people of color.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordin

      It's alarming me! That is what brought me to this site. I just wanted to see if anyone else caught it. What's going on? I don't believe in shows that only recognize one race and I question if they are necessary in this day and age. But after I watched the nomination ceremony I felt snubbed (I'm Black). What about Tracy Morgan? Jada Pinkett Smith? If there are not enough Black people to nominate this create more shows which will offer the oppurtunity. Norman Lear did it. Well minorities were nominated but 2 Black People. I want the 80's back. We were more color blind.

      July 10, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Zep

      oh please

      July 10, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • D39

      Your point only makes sense if you talk about a specific "person of color" being noticeably better than one or more of the actors/actresses who got nominated in a category where they should have been nominated. Color blind means it doesnt matter what color they are. Hoping for an better representation in what are very small categories anyway means it does matter.

      July 11, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • CAO

      I bet the color you're talking about is black. Would you please get the chip off your shoulder? Is it really that big of a deal...you don't see Latinos, Asians, Indians, or anyone else bringing it up as much as blacks. UGH!

      July 11, 2010 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jordin

      Well, Sorry you don't get it and "oh, please" YOURSELF. Rutina Wesley and Ellis Nelson were great in True Blood last season but I also agree that Pacific and 24 should have received character nominations. The lady that played Renee in 24 was one of the most compelling characters.

      July 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jeff

    SURVIVOR for Reality Show was snubbed.
    Very Happy to see Matthew Fox nominated, finally, for LOST, but many of his co-stars were snubbed..and Michael Emerson is overrated and already got his Emmy.
    Glad Kristen Wiig got nominated again – she's hilarious.
    No, not too many other misses.

    July 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kendra

    Rami Malek and Joe Mazzello from The Pacific deserved a nomination, they were fantastic.

    July 9, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Impalala

    Supernatural for 5 years running has failed to get any due recognition, though I blame that on the CW. They don't know how to promote anything that isn't a lame teenage melodrama. Jensen Ackles for sure should have gotten something for his work on "The end."

    July 9, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Supernatural

      Totally agree...Jenson Ackles should have been nominated. Supernatural is one of the best running series. The writing and acting should be acknowledge. You're right! CW does'nt promote the show they way they should.

      July 10, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Really hope to catch a sign of SUPERNATURAL on the EMMY

      July 10, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Agreed. Jensen's been robbed for four years, Jared for the last year at the very least; and even if you don't want to acknowledge these marvelous actors, how about recognizing a wonderful horror/sci-fi show?

      August 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Irwin

    Totally agree about 2-1/2 Men – and Charlie, funniest show on TV, definitely funnier than that overrated Modern Family. It's good, but not that funny. Would have lived to see Friday Night Lights as best drama, as well as newbie Parenthood. At least the former's stars were nomiinated. Popularity of a show never was a factor, so forget about NCIS. Only the mindless action junkies like it.

    The main thing though is that Glee ROCKS!

    July 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SRF

      I agree! What about Parenthood!? I'm afraid they are going to cancel it after that non-cliffhanger finale. 🙁 such a shame!

      July 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  37. EJ

    NCIS was totally robbed! All of its stars should have gotten a nomination. It's #1 for a reason!

    July 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Rita T

    Personally, I think BURN NOTICE could sweep every catagory. Jeffery Donovan for best lead, "Sam" and "Fi" for best male and female supporting actors respectively. The writing is outstanding – an action movie every week with a great plot and fantastic dialogue spattered with wit, humor and intelligence . By any standard or measure of excellence, I CANNOT understand how it was omitted so completely.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • S.B.

      At least Sharon Gless was nominated for her role as Michael's mother....

      July 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  39. char

    What about NCIS? It was the #1 show for the whole season.....Guess if it's not quirky it doesn't count, or is it just because it's government related?

    July 9, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  40. OAT

    I'm a huge Cougar Town and The Middle fan, i would've loved to have seen at least one of these shows nominated.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  42. dnneal

    The Pacific received 24 Emmy nominations and not a single one of them for acting! Huge disappointment for so many actors who were superb in that miniseries.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Victor

    Burn Notice was robbed.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Virginia Nugent

      I agree!! Also, Out of Sight – for a law and order show, it borders on comedy as well as drama.

      July 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Steph


    July 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Yes.... that is a disgrace! Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson have been robbed and it is offensive!

      July 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  45. TXguy

    Spartacus: Blood & Sand deserves recognition. Especially John Hannah, Lucy Lawless, and Viva Bianca.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. N

    I spoke too soon. Yes I see that she was.

    July 9, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  47. N

    Was Julie Bowen nominated for an Emmy for "Modern Family?"

    July 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Carla

    Tracy Morgan is HILARIOUS on 30 Rock, much more so than Jane Krakowski yet she got a nomination and he didn't. Robbed! How will he get his EGOT??

    July 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • CAO

      Tracy Morgan is not that funny! Funny...but not Emmy funny.

      July 11, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • kp

      Tracy Morgan is just obnoxious on a great show. If that story line was gone no one would miss it.

      July 11, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      how funny carla, i know whats the deal with Tracy getting snubbed and ed o'neil too..

      August 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |

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