Got my Emmy ballot. Can’t say that I’ve watched all the shows or seen all the Emmy screeners. ( In some cases, are you kidding? "For your consideration: ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?") But of the true contenders, I have tried to sample a few.
What usually occurs is that Academy members ultimately write down the same names. So with apologies to Jon Hamm and Tony Shaloub (who will probably get nominated for MONK again even though it’s no longer even on the air) I would like to suggest a few worthy names you might not be considering.
Timothy Olyphant for JUSTIFIED. It’s amazing that someone can play a character who is so fucked up and yet so ultra cool. He does it with subtlety, charm, inner strength, and most impressive – a hat.
While we’re on JUSTIFIED, Walton Goggins deserves a nod as Boyd Crowder (red neck poet) as does Neal McDonough as a villain so mesmerizing and weird that they should have changed the title of this show set in Kentucky to BLUE GRASS VELVET.
Kelsey Grammer in BOSS leaves no piece of scenery unchewed, but he’s so commanding and displays so many sides of this complex evil-tragic-dynamic character that he is worth considering. It's like FRASIER meets THE SHINING.
Damian Lewis and Clair Danes of HOMELAND not only deserve to be nominated but also to win. Danes is the Meryl Streep of TV and Lewis can sure play a character who keeps secrets. Did you know he’s British?
It’s time for Christina Hendricks to finally get some Emmy love. She combines the best qualities of a fine actress and Jessica Rabbit.
Martha Plimpton raises RAISING HOPE. Oh, and give her one for Best Guest Star in THE GOOD WIFE.
Zoey Deschanel will get a nomination for THE NEW GIRL (deserved) but I’d like to see Krysten Ritter of DON’T TRUST THE B—IN APARTMENT 23 get a nod. Adorkable is fine but funny is better.
REVENGE is best served gold – Emily VanCamp wreaks delicious havoc.
For Best Supporting Actor & Actress in a Comedy: Just list the entire cast of PARKS & RECREATION.
And finally, dark horse of dark horses – Mary McCormick of IN PLAIN SIGHT. She tosses off one-liners with more ease and skill than most sitcom stars. And she too sometimes does it while wearing a hat.
Okay, those are some of mine. Who are some of yours?
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM