It's great Emmy news for Kelsey Grammer, who portrays dastardly Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons" — he'll become another cast member honored with a juried Emmy when awards are bestowed at the Creative Arts ceremony on Aug. 19. Juried awards are noncompetitive — that is, they're bestowed by the voice-over peer group within the TV academy.
But there's a "Simpsons" costar who portrays someone even more dastardly — Montgomery Burns! — who's been snubbed again.
"What a smack to poor Harry Shearer, yet another cast member gets Emmy'ed before he does!" sighs our forum poster "Turtle," who's upset over the latest slap against the actor who also performs the voices of Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Rev. Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert and others — even God!
"Look, Kelsey Grammer is effing terrific as Sideshow Bob," adds Turtle. "He's hilarious. It's fantastic acting, period, voiceover or otherwise. But he has four Emmys already! I'm not saying he doesn't deserve any additional trophies, just that he's been duly recognized by his peers." Grammer has performed only one character on nine episodes in all. Shearer has performed a dozen roles on hundreds of "Simpsons" installments spanning more than a decade.
Other "Simpsons" performers have been duly recognized with Emmys, too. Dan Castellaneta (Homer and Grandpa Simpson) and Hank Azaria (Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy) have received three juried awards each. All of the following have received one: Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson), Julie Kavner (Marge, Patty and Selma Simpson), Jackie Mason (Rabbi Krustofsky), Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) and Marcia Wallace (Mrs. Krabappel).
So why is Shearer repeatedly snubbed? Some Emmywatchers believe it's all Mr. Burns' fault — voters may confuse Shearer with that fantastically sinister character he portrays. But Burns isn't totally evil! In the past, he fell in love with Marge Simpson, adopted Bart, got shot by Maggie and revealed his lingering love for Bobo, a teddy bear he gave up as a youngster so he could become rich.
Furthermore, the fact that Emmy jurors didn't hold Sideshow Bob against Kelsey Grammer (the fiend relentlessly tries to murder little Bart) deflates that theory. Or is it because Shearer has a reputation for being, ahem, a bit of a diva?
Costar Azaria pooh-poohs that gossip. "Harry's great to work with," he tells The Envelope. "I'm shocked he's never won an Emmy!"
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Photo: Poor Harry Shearer is the Susan Lucci of voiceover animation! But in addition to his Emmy-snubbed work on "The Simpsons," he's also starred in "A Mighty Wind" and "This Is Spinal Tap."
(Fox/ Warner Bros./ Spinal Tap Productions)