Thursday, June 26, 2008
By now, it's old news. But the Emmy honchos, who were already going to release the Best Comedy and Best Drama shortlists early, one-upped themselves in a pulse-gauging experiment by announcing their lists even earlier. Depending on industry reactions, we may be getting the Acting shortlists soon too. So who made the first cut for Best Comedy and Best Drama?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Flight of the Conchords
Two and a Half Men
As you can see, a few of my favorites made the cut, including 30 Rock, The Office, Flight of the Conchords, and Pushing Daisies. On the other hand, Two and a Half Men also made the shortlist, and while I don't watch that hypnotizer of awards voters, I do watch Entourage, whose last season outscored Rescue Me on the this-show-is-a-sad-parody-of-itself meter. Overall, I'm pretty okay with this list, but only because I know in my heart 30 Rock will not only make the nominee list but will also win the gold. The rest is noise.
Friday Night Lights
Well, The Wire made the shortlist for (I think) the first time ever, which is only going to make its inevitable loss more disappointing. In fact, I'm not even happy it got this far, if only because Boston Legal is STILL in the running, and as we learned from Spader's win last year, it's dangerous to underestimate the Academy's devotion to mediocrity. On top of that television travesty, Grey's Anatomy, in a universally ridiculed season, still made the cut over the likes of, oh, I don't know, Battlestar Galactica. That series, one of television's best, never really had a chance, so I'll reserve judgment until I see the gap where Mary McDonnell's name should be on the Best Actress shortlist. And really, all that aside, this is a decent list. Lost entered "The Constant," its best episode to date, so with any luck it will make the final five. House and Friday Night Lights are my other ponies in this race, apart from the second best drama of the year and lead contender for the Best Drama Emmy, Mad Men. Apparently they entered the pilot for consideration, a political choice for such serialized shows--judges don't need any backstory in order to understand the episode--even though the series went on to even greater highs.