Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hey, Emmy's, Are You Kidding Me?

Okay, so the Emmy Nominations came out today.

Now, I am aware that the nominating committee for the Emmy's are roughly analogous to the Oscar folks; namely old as the hills. But still, you think they could pull their collective heads out of their collective rectums and get with the program just once.

The Wire is not nominated for best drama series.

Okay, okay, it's not everyone's cup of tea, I get it, but how many "best of" lists does a TV show have to be on before the body responsible for recognizing excellence in TV gets their shit together and recognizes some gee-dee excellence?

The nominees in this category are:

Boston Legal
Mad Men

All good, worthy choices. But wait; Boston Legal? Boston Legal? No one I know watches that show. You know why? Because if you've seen any other David Kelly show from Picket Fences forward, you've seen that exact show over and over.

Now, I'm not saying The Wire has to win. But over five seasons, it has been acclaimed as an absolute masterpiece. It's a complex, rich, satisfying, mesmerizing drama that superbly examines urban life in America like no other show ever has. This is not just my opinion. It's been on countless top ten lists over its five year run.

So, maybe a shout out, one time, would be nice. If we don't recognize and reward challenging, quality shows, why should anyone make them?

Don't even get me started on Battlestar Galactica.

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