Normally I am not a big fan of the Emmys. For one, many of the shows I like do not get nominated; and for two, if they do miraculously score a nomination, they usually do not win. Thus, it makes for an all-round disappointing, if not heart-breaking, experience. But this year, I thought I would take the time to celebrate the nominations for the shows I do love. After all, “Pushing Daisies” scored 12 Emmy nominations last year and I should have taken the time to really celebrate that. So for 2009, it is all about celebrating the recognition and sharing in the joy of these amazing shows and their extraordinary achievements.
Starting at the top (in alphabetical order):
“Battlestar Galactica” –
For a little known sci-fi show that just ended after four magnificent seasons, “Battlestar Galactica” has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award and garnered more accolades than just about any other show on television. For this years Emmy’s it has scored no less than 6 nominations, five for the series finale “Daybreak – part 2”:
(1) Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
(2) Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
(3) Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series
(4) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama
(5) Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series
Then in a special category, it also received a 6th nomination for the category of Outstanding Special Class – Short Format Live Action Entertainment Programs for its 10-part webisodes entitled “The Face of the Enemy.” (Alas, to every fan geek’s dismay, it is competing in this category against the internet phenomenon “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”)
Receiving its first Emmy nomination, “Bones” scored a nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series for the episode “The Hero in the Hold.” For a show that tends to flying under the radar, but which is popular with the viewers, this is a wonderful way of recognizing its effort to be the best that it can be.
“Boston Legal” –
In a nice swan song after a successful five year run, “Boston Legal” goes out with no less than 4 Emmy nominations, two for the episode “Made in China/Last Call” for:
(1) Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
(2) Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama
It also scored nominations for William Shatner, playing the outrageous Denny Crane, and Christian Clemenson, playing the Asperger-challenged Jerry Espensen, both in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. May the best actor win!
“Brothers & Sisters” –
Having won once before, Sally Field is up again for her 3rd consecutive nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. But she faces stiff competition as she is up against last year’s winner, Glenn Close, and Kyra Sedgwick and Holly Hunter.
“Burn Notice” –
After a nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series last year, this year “Burn Notice” is nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination in the episode “Lesser Evil.” If you have been watching the show, you know exactly what kind of stunts they are talking about. This is one show that believes in keeping it real, no matter how dangerous.
Also in its debut year, “Castle” scored a nomination for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series. This is another TV show that may have eluded your TV-radar, but trust me when I say: you’re missing out! Like “Bones,” it is “CSI”-light, but with so much charm and classic Bogart & Bacall bantering that it deserves a higher profile.
Flying high after its second season, “Chuck” is again nominated for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for the episode “Chuck Versus the First Date.” Like “Burn Notice,” “Chuck” believes in realism and the stunt work on this spectacular show is eye-popping unbelievable.
“The Closer” –
In one of the toughest categories of competition, Kyra Sedgwick is up for her 4th consecutive nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. While her work is certainly worthy, the other nominees’ performances are as equally stellar.
Easily ranked one of the most popular scripted dramas on television, “CSI” received three Emmy nominations for:
(1) Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series (for the episode “For Warick”)
(2) Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series (for the episode “A Space Oddity”)
(3) Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series (for the episode “Mascara”)
Despite the recent loss of three of its lead actors who moved on in their careers, this show has continued to produce a top-notch television show that continues to deliver thrills every week.
With no less than 7 Emmy nominations, “Damages” is back with a vengeance this year. It is up against stiff competition with the emergence of the indie favorite “Mad Men,” but “Damages” is no shrinking violent with nominations for:
(1) Outstanding Drama Series
(2) Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
(3) Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (for the episode “Trust Me”)
(4) Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Glenn Close)
(5) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Rose Byrne)
(6) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (William Hurt)
(7) Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Ted Danson)
It will be hard to say in the battle of indie-favorites who will come out the victor, but in this fan’s heart, it’s “Damages” hands-down.
“Desperate Housewives” –
Another highly-popular show, but one that seems to have lost the Emmy voter’s enthusiasm is “Desperate Housewives.” However, in a rare nod to recognize at least the sterling performance of a guest actor, it scored a nomination for Beau Bridges who played the world-weary but wise handyman, Eli Scruggs, in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. It is also nominated for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series for the episode “What Ever Could Have Happened” (the same one that Beau Bridges guest-starred in).