The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Glee’s Jane Lynch airing at 8 pm on Fox tonight. If you remember, last year the opening number included Lynch warning host Jimmy Fallon to not even think about excluding her from his “pathetic little group” in a dynamic musical number that included poking fun of Kate Gosselin’s dancing skills. Of course Kate was in on the fun!
Will you tune in to see if Modern Family (love, love, love that show) will win for Outstanding Comedy Series two years in a row or Mad Men will repeat Outstanding Drama Series for an impressive fourth time? Or would you like to see HBO’s period drama about Atlantic City during Prohibition, Boardwalk Empire, take home the honors? Friday Night Lights, which finished its fifth and final season this past spring and represents both cable and a broadcast network was also nominated in the Drama category. I personally will be pulling for this show because it is one of my all time favorite shows and had such a wonderful cast.
This will also be Steve Carell’s last chance to win for The Office in the Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy category. This is the sixth time he has been nominated and he has never won before. I say he deserves to win even though many critics are saying that this was not The Office’s best season. The show has been a huge success and Carell has played a major part in that. He followed in the footsteps of Ricky Gervais and many doubted early on that he could come close to that type of comedic genius. Carell stepped up to the plate and made that character his own in a very unique way. I say he deserves this Emmy!
I look forward to the Emmys more that I do the Oscars because I am usually more invested in these TV shows and their actors and actresses than the movies. Below is a list of some of the nominees. Will you be watching? Who are your favorites?
2011 Emmy Award nominations
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO); “Dexter” (Showtime); “Friday Night Lights” (DirecTV/NBC); “Game of Thrones” (HBO); “The Good Wife” (CBS); “Mad Men” (AMC).
Outstanding actor in a drama
Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”); Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”); Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”); Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”); Hugh Laurie (“House,” FOX); Timothy Olyphant (“Justified,” FX).
Outstanding actress in a drama
Kathy Bates (“Harry’s Law,” NBC); Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”); Mireille Enos (“The Killing,” AMC); Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU,” NBC); Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”); Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”).
“30 Rock” (NBC); “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS); “Glee” (FOX); “Modern Family” (ABC); “The Office” (NBC); “Parks and Recreation” (NBC).
Outstanding actor in a comedy
Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”); Steve Carell (“The Office”); Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX); Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”); Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes,” Showtime); Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”).
Outstanding actress in a comedy
Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” Showtime); Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); Laura Linney (“The Big C,” Showtime); Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly,” CBS); Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope,” Fox); Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”).
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy
Chris Colfer (“Glee”); Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”); Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”); Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”) Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”); Jon Cryer (“Two And A Half Men,” CBS).
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama
Peter Dinklage (“Game Of Thrones,” HBO); Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”); Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”); Walton Goggins (“Justified”); John Slattery (“Mad Men”); Andre Braugher (“Men Of A Certain Age,” TNT).
Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy
Jane Lynch (“Glee”); Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland,” TV Land); Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”); Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”); Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live,” NBC); Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”)
Outstanding supporting actress in a drama
Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”); Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”); Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”); Margo Martindale (“Justified”); Michelle Forbes (“The Killing,” AMC); Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”)