Emmy noms

Some Emmy nominations that make me happy: Max Greenfield, Merrit Wever, Benedict Cumberbatch and Joan Cusack. (Fox/Showtime/PBS/Showtime / July 19, 2012)

The 2012 Emmy nominations are in the books and my first-blush reactions are mixed. Some surprises left me smiling while I was scratching my head about a few perennial nominations. And of course I have to bitch about them all. So here's a quick list of the noms that made me happy and not so much.

I'll probably have more to see later, too. But I'm on vacation and I'm supposed to be relaxing, not getting upset.

I'm thrilled to see:
  • Chicago gal Joan Cusack gets a guest nomination for"Shameless."
  • "Homeland"earning nominations, including best drama and for stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.
  • Finally, Merritt Wever from "Nurse Jackie" is recognized.
  • "New Girl" scene-stealer Max Greenfield gets supporting actor love.
  • "Breaking Bad" actress Anna Gunn finally is recognized.
  • It's elementary that"Sherlock"should get some love, including for best movie/miniseries and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
  • A nod for outstanding main title design for Cinemax's"Strike Back."
  • Noms for writing and directing of IFC's "Portlandia."

I don't understand:
  • Kathy Bates' nomination for the now-cancelled "Harry's Law," while Katey Sagal of" Sons of Anarchy" is once again overlooked.
  • Jon Cryer gets another nomination for "Two and a Half Men?" So many more suitable comedy nominees, such as" Community's" Joel McHale, Elijah Wood and/or Jason Gann from"Wilfred," and Nick Offerman from"Parks and Recreation."
  • "Downton Abbey"was good this year, but not great; 17 nominations?

I'm bitter about:
  • I'll repeat this snub forever, even after "Fringe" has ended; John Noble has earned and should have scored multiple best actor nominations.
  • No love for Timothy Olyphant or Walton Goggins from "Justified." They are always the best of the field.
  • Emmy flunked"Community"and all its stars again. (It did get a writing nomination.)
  • "Hell on Wheels"may not have been the best drama, but Christopher Heyerdahl, as The Swede, certainly earned as supporting actor or guest actor nomination. He was riveting.
  • "Sons of Anarchy" snubs: Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam and Maggie Siff.
  • Where is the nom for Joel Kinnaman from "The Killing?"
  • "The Walking Dead" overlooked. Hello voters, Norman Reedus was outstanding this past season.
  • "Cougar Town" ignored again!
  • "Southland" ignored again!
  • Kelsey Grammer of "Boss" was snubbed.
  • "Strike Back" didn't earn special effects honors. They know how to blow shit up.

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