There is no clearer evidence that I don’t watch as much TV as I used to than watching the Emmy Award nominations and not seeing my people.
Oh, I recognized the show titles from media coverage, hype or actors I love but have abandoned because I was doing other things – or they were on cable channels that don’t come with the basic package.
Take the drama nominees:
I’ve never seen five of those six shows – and I missed the entire last season of “Mad Men,” a show I like but couldn’t watch on Sunday nights. I liked Don Draper the way I liked Archie Bunker. He was proof of what we knew and needed other people to know we weren’t lying about.
Where were “Justified (FX),” “The Good Wife (CBS),” “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “House (Fox) and “Smash” (NBC)?
And among the comedies, I can recite the dialogue from two nominees – The Big Bang Theory (CBS) and Modern Family (ABC). But I haven’t seen an episode of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” in years. Larry David is Garry Shandling who was every other constipated unmensch who complained All. The. Time.
But I’ve never seen “Girls” or “Veep” on HBO – and the only time I laughed at “30 Rock” was at Alec Baldwin’s highly inappropriate impersonation of Tracy Morgan’s mother. I was so embarrassed I never watched again.
Jon Cryer for Actor from “Two and a Half Men,” not because I watch the show any more but because he deserves it just because;
Mayim Bialik for Supporting Actress from “Big Bang;”
Kathryn Joosten for Supporting Actress from “Desperate Housewives;”
The women of ‘Modern Family” – Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen – for Supporting Actress;
Kristen Wiig, one of the best two things about “Saturday Night Live,” for Supporting Actress;
Bill Hader, the other best thing about “Saturday Night Live” for Supporting Actor;
The four guys from “Modern Family – Ed O’Neill, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet for Supporting actor. (If they’d nominated Rico Rodriguez for a second time and his cousin, Nolan Gould, for a first, it would have been a sweep)!
I was happy to see Loretta Devine nominated as outstanding guest actress in a drama for portraying Adele Webber and her descent into Alzheimer’s as well as it has been done on television. And I’m glad that “Smash” got a nomination but couldn’t believe it was for Uma Thurman. Did they WATCH the show?
Not winning “American Idol” was the best thing that ever happened to Jennifer Hudson. Soon, the same will be said about Katherine McPhee, who OWNS “Smash.” She is not the same girl she was during Idol’s fifth season five years ago. She has grown up.
But I was most heartbroken not to see nominations for Timothy Olyphant and Nick Searcy from “Justified.” They not only to get utter some of the best writing on TV every week. But the show is just darned good. It’s in a new class of dramas that I’m watching that includes the new “Longmire,” which will be nominated next year. (Lou Diamond Phillips is going to win an Emmy for Henry Standing Bear; you read it here first.)
And how could anyone not cheer most episodes of “Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime)?
There were enough worthy nominations to compel me to watch the Emmy Awards on September 23.
But when I tune in, I’ll be watching for three things:
For Idris Elba to win as John Luther (Actor in a Miniseries for BBC America’s “Luther”) in the finest performances that happened on the planet last year. (Sorry Woody Harrelson; you were great in “Game Change” but have you SEEN “Luther?”)
For Betty White to win an Emmy (I don’t care what for);
And for The Kennedy Center Honors (the best presentation in years) to win for Outstanding Variety Special. (Kathy Griffin can be a “Tired Hooker” some other night.)