Little Red Emmy Wishlist by Cody McGraw

About ten years ago The Emmys were a predictable affair. It always seemed as if the same people were winning (Doris Roberts AGAIN?) but somehow the academy started opening their minds in the past decade and amazing shows like Arrested Development, 30 Rock and Lost started getting recognition they deserved. It never really helped their ratings, but that’s beside the point.

This morning the nominations were announced for the 2011 ceremony and despite the obvious snubs there are many deserving people nominated. I wanted to share who I'm rooting for – my choices may not win but it’s apparently an honour to be nominated (right, Steve Carell?). Also, I realized I don't watch a lot of adult dramas that don't feature vampires or zombies so I'll be basing those picks purely on commercials I've seen.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Nominees: 30 Rock, Modern Family, Glee, Parks and Recreation, The Office and The Big Bang Theory

Snubbed: Louie

Little Red Pick: Parks and Recreation

Simply put, there is no show on TV funnier than Parks and Recreation. Having come into its own after a lackluster start, it is the one show that guarantees you’ll be needing to change your underwear after each episode.

Outstanding Drama Series

Nominees: Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife and Game of Thrones

Snubbed: The Walking Dead

Little Red Pick: Mad Men

I have very little interest in all the nominated shows so I'm going with Mad Men because Boardwalk Empire is a lot more boring than the media wants you to believe.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Nominees: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Louis CK (Louie), Steve Carell (The Office), Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Matt Leblanc (Episodes) and Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory)

Snubbed: Joel McHale (Community)

Little Red Pick: Steve Carell (The Office)

If it were any other year I’d pick Louis CK but you gotta give Carell the award this year since it’s his last chance. He will truly be missed on The Office. I don't have any faith in the series without him.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominees: Tina Fey (30 Rock), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Laura Linney (The Big C), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Snubbed: Toni Collette (The United States of Tara)

Little Red Pick: Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)

When the show first premiered Leslie Knope was just a female Michael Scott but now she is the most endearingly cheerful character on TV and it’s all thanks to the continuing strong performance by Amy Poehler. Shockingly she has never won and Emmy and this year she really deserves it, especially if she submits the episode in which she has the flu.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Nominees: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), John Hamm (Mad Men), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Laurie (House) and Timothy Olyphant (Justified)

Snubbed: No one

Little Red Pick: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)

Although I may not find this show appealing, I can at least admit Buscemi is one of the best living actors and is great as Nucky Thompson. At least he was in the episode I saw...

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Nominees: Kathy Bates (Harry's Law), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men)

Snubbed: Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy)

Little Red Pick: Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Robbed last year, Margulies is poised to take the trophy this year. They say her performance as Alicia Florrick is always layered and honest and she nails it like no other actress could. OK, maybe Edie Falco but she can do anything. That said, I would actually watch this show if Edie Falco was in it.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Nominees: Chris Colfer (Glee), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), John Cryer (Two and Half Men) and Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Snubbed: Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation)

Little Red Pick: Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Despite an uneven second season, Burell's performance as the bumbling husband Phil Dunphy was one of the few highlights. Plus if someone HAS to win from this show it might as well be the funniest one.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Nominees: Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland), Kristen Wiig (SNL) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)

Snubbed: Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)

Little Red Pick: Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
The best thing this show ever did was make Gloria more crazy. Any other actress would seem gimmicky but somehow Vergara stays away from the wacky latino, boobalicious stereotype and that ain't easy.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nominees: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Walton Goggins (Justified), John Slattery (Mad Men) and Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age)

Snubbed: Denis O'Hare (True Blood)

Little Red Pick: No one.
Seriously, if it can't be Denis O'Hare's then they might as well skip this award this year.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Nominees: Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife), Margo Martindale (Justified) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

Snubbed: Amy Ryan (In Treatment)

Little Red Pick: Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife)
Based on commercials I've seen, Kalinda Sharma is one of the most complex characters on television. If you were surprised by Panjabi's win last year then you weren't watching this show either.

Cody McGraw is many things but the thing you can actually call him to his face is the Managing Editor of The Little Red Umbrella. See more posts from him here or follow him on Twitter (@cody_mcgraw).


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