For the 2nd year in a row, “Dexter” snagged nominations for both Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Michael C. Hall. This year it also scored a 3rd nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Jimmy Smits’ fine performance as Miguel Prado.
“Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” -
In one of the funest nominations in television history, “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” scored a nomination for its work as an internet original creation in the category of Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Live Action Entertainment Programs. It is a remarkable achievement for what is essentially a film that was created for internet distribution to have garnered a television award nomination. And if this internet phenomenon has eluded your finely tuned TV/entertainment radar, then by all means, get the DVD and check it out. It will be worth every penny. (All puns intended.)
“Friday Night Lights” –
For the 3rd consecutive year, “Friday Night Lights” scored yet another nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. Having won this Emmy in 2007, it is still a remarkable achievement for it to get the same award nomination year after year. Kudos to the show’s casting directors who are obviously doing a hell of a job!
Also coming off a successful freshman year, “Fringe” has scored a nomination for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series for its pilot episode. “Fringe” is an off-beat sci-fi show with quirky humor and some truly stunning visual effects.
“Grey’s Anatomy” -
Another highly successful TV show that remains popular viewers, but which seems to have fallen from favor from the Emmy voters. “Grey’s Anatomy” still managed to eek out 6 Emmy nominations for:
(1) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Sandra Oh)
(2) Outstanding Support Actress in a Drama Series (Chandra Wilson)
(3) Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Sharon Lawrence)
(4) Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (for the episode “Dream a Little Dream of Me”)
(5) Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series (for the episode “Stand By Me”)
Sandra Oh has been nominated 5 times for her brilliant performance as Cristina Yang on “Grey’s Anatomy” and Chandra Wilson has received her 4th consecutive nomination for her equally astounding performance as Miranda Bailey.
Despite receiving 8 Emmy nominations in 2007 after its debut year, “Heroes” has struggled to find its creative edge in subsequent years, with only 3 nominations last year and 2 this year for:
(1) Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series (for the episode “Cold Snap”)
(2) Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series (for the episode “The Butterfly Effect”)
While its storyline may meander quite a bit over the course of a season, the show’s creative vision and dedication to superior craftsmanship does not. Each episode feels lovingly sculpted.
Receiving its 4th consecutive nomination for Outstanding Drama Series and 4th nomination for Hugh Laurie in the a category Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “House” remains a critical darling and immensely popular TV show around the globe. Typically, it also received nominations for its remarkable direction and storytelling, but this year, it was instead recognized and nominated for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama for the episode “House Divided.” While the nominations are cool for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Drama Series, these categories are the most competitive and scoring a win has so far eluded the show. But with rumors of both “Lost” and “24″ ending this next season, “House” stands a chance of stepping outside of their long shadows.
“Legend of the Seeker” -
Also fresh off its debut season, “Legend of the Seeker” managed to startle everyone and nabbed an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series for the episode “Prophecy.” It is truly a wondrous achievement for a show that is not well known to beat out the competition for this nomination.
“Lie to Me” -
Another smash hit right out of the gate, “Lie to Me” has raised eyebrows and attention with its nomination for an Emmy in the category Outstanding Main Title Design. This will be a show to watch this next season as it stretches its creative legs.
“Life on Mars” -
Hardly seen as it was abruptly canceled during its freshman run, “Life on Mars” still snagged a nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series for the episode “Out Here in the Fields.” For those of you who blinked and missed it, be sure to check out the DVD box set which will be released on October 5th. It definitely is worth your time.
In 2005, “Lost” received 12 Emmy nominations and took home 6 of them, including Outstanding Drama Series. Ever since, it has remained an Emmy darling receiving 9 Emmy nominations in 2006, 6 Emmy nominations in 2007, and 8 Emmy nominations in 2008 — and 2009 is no different as it scored 5 nominations, 3 for its jaw-dropping season finale “The Incident”. This year’s nominations include:
(1) Outstanding Drama Series
(2) Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
(3) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Emerson)
(4) Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
(5) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama
Raising the stakes as it races towards its series finale next year, “Lost” continues to surprise, dazzle and confound us all. It is a gift to the television audience that I am not sure it fully appreciates.