I asked our Emmy gurus Rob Licuria and Chris "Boomer" Beachum to pipe in with their views of Emmy nominations in the format of "the good, the bad and the ugly." Here are the thoughts Rob sends us:
● "The Good Wife" makes a great showing in the supporting and guest categories, especially for Archie Panjabi! Can we say "breakout star of the season"?
● Matthew Fox! Finally!!! Elizabeth Mitchell, finally!
● "Nurse Jackie" kicks some serious butt! So happy to see that surprise that NOBODY saw coming. Go Showtime!
● "True Blood" in drama series! WOW!!!
● Writing and directing more evenly spread out, and almost all deserving nominees. Thanks, academy!!!
● The Overrated Award goes to ... "Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien." Talk about a pity nomination!
● Am I the only one that thinks Chris Colfer and Matthew Morrison don't belong in the nominee list? In fact, with 19 nods, Glee is way "over"-nominated.
● "Damages" given the boot in drama series.
● No Ed O'Neill, but almost all of the adult cast of "Modern Family" is nominated. He belongs in lead — memo to O'Neill for next year!
● Mariska Hargitay (although I am thrilled not to have to witness another nod for Sally Field and Holly Hunter).
● No "Survivor" (easily the best reality show on TV last season) in reality/competition program.
● Katey Sagal and "Sons of Anarchy" — an ugly snub. Ditto for Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") in guest actor drama.
● OK, so "Treme" is not my cup of tea, but Khandi Alexander belongs in the running.
● "Fringe" is one of the most innovative, exceptional hours of TV, and it was disgracefully overlooked almost across the board. Again.
● Anna Gunn ignored. Maybe that might be the biggest hint of all -- go back to supporting, Ms. Gunn!!!