After Thursday’s announcements of the 2012 Emmy nominations, it’s clear that the television landscape has been changed by some very good freshman series.
The nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced Thursday (July 19), and favorites “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” are leading the drama nominees with 17 and 16 nominations each, respectively, while “Modern Family” dominated the comedy categories with 14 noms, including supporting actor and actress nods for each of its principal, six-person acting ensemble.
1. ‘American Idol’
After being nominated for outstanding reality competition program for the first time last year, Fox’s American Idol was knocked off the list of contenders for 2012. By who? NBC’s The Voice,which received its first nomination in the category.
In its first year of eligibility, Fox’s Glee received a staggering 20 nominations, winning four — including one for Jane Lynch in the supporting actress comedy series category. IThe fan fave only clocked one major acting award for Guest Actress for Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste. Oh, that can’t be music to the network’s ears.
3. Hugh Laurie
Looks like Hugh Laurie will have to settle for zero Emmys for his run on recently-ended medical trama House as he failed to score a nom for his swan song. After being nominated, yet never winning, an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Lead Actor in 2005, then 2007-2011, Laurie doesn’t get a chance at finally winning this year after the medical drama’s eighth and final season. So pity for his good acting.
After four straight nominations (three of them wins) in the outstanding reality host category,Survivor‘s Jeff Probst will have to settle for watching on the sidelines. Betty White managed to sneak her way in for her candid camera seriesBetty White’s Off Their Rockers, replacing Probst. Instead, he’s replaced by American treasure and the last of the Golden Girls, Betty White for NBC’s Off Their Rockers.
‘The Good Wife’
The Good Wife‘s snub for drama series shuts out the broadcast networks in the category. (The CBS drama had been nominated the previous two years.)