The Highlights and Lowlights of the 2007 Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 56th annual Primetime Emmy awards have been released, and the result is a whole lot of frustration. While there are certainly some attributes in these categories that certainly warrant some sort of positive feelings, the overall impact is limited with some rather vile mistakes made by the voters. Yes, I said mistakes. Let’s take a look at the Best and the Worst of the nominations.

Best Category

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This one is simple, really. While there were some other categories that had either too many familiar faces or the wrong mix of people, Supporting Actor in a Comedy gets it just right. Jon Cryer is the token nominee for the popular vote, but then you’ve got four awesome comedic talents: last year’s winner Jeremy Piven along with new (And fantastic) fresh faces in Rainn Wilson, Kevin Dillon and Neil Patrick Harris. I really can’t argue with any of these selections. I would have liked to see Justin Kirk in there, but it’s still a great category.

Runner-Up: Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Worst Category

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Three Grey’s Anatomy actresses, two Sopranos actresses, and perennial Emmy favourite Rachel Griffiths. It is clear that the men are where the new talent is making an impact, because these nominees couldn’t be much more predictable. The lack of new talent (Elizabeth Mitchell for Lost, Hayden Panettiere for Heroes) is the biggest problem, and I really hope that this can change in the future.

Runner-Up: Outstanding Drama Series

Most Surprising Nominee

Michael Emerson (Lost) – Supporting Actor in a Drama

I had written off Michael Emerson, one of my early picks, after Elizabeth Mitchell failed to crack the Top 10. However, it appears that Emerson was able to make it in, and with 6 nominees in his category worked his way into the fold. This was likely supported by Terry O’Quinn’s tape, which featured Emerson heavily. It is most deserved, and the most pleasant surprise of the morning.

Runner-Up: Boston Legal – Outstanding Drama Series

Least Surprising Nominee(s)

Everything Associated with The Sopranos

It has 15 nominations, five of which are for acting, so it isn’t too surprising that The Sopranos dominated so completely. The series ended its final year with a lot of buzz, most of it deserved, and the result was a whole lot of unsurprising Emmy praise.

Runner-Up: Dexter – Opening Title Sequence (Trust me, it is going to win)

Most Glaring Omission

Michael C. Hall (Dexter) – Lead Actor in a Drama Series

He was nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG, but it appears that the Emmys love James Spader more than they are willing to embrace Michael C. Hall’s rather creepy serial killer. Hall gives a great performance in the series, but it seems that Showtime just isn’t able to crack the actor races.

Runner-Up: Lost – Outstanding Drama Series

Most Mistreated Show

Friday Night Lights

The series garnered a nomination for Direction, but it was unable to break into any other major categories. This is a serious mistreatment of the wonderful cast (The show was nominated for a Casting Emmy as well), and it is rather unfortunate that the ATAS doesn’t realize how great this show really is.

Runner-Up: Lost

The Most Improved


The series has been on Jeremy Piven’s back at the Emmys for two years, but now Entourage has scored its first comedy series nomination along with a supporting actor nod for Kevin Dillon. That’s the type of growth that Emmy voters take notice of for future years.

Runner-Up: Two and a Half Men (Begrudgingly)

Most Back-Handed Compliment

Grey’s Anatomy

The Academy gave it a drama series nomination and four supporting nominations, but the show was shut out of writing and directing. It is clear that this show, once a success thanks to quality writing, has become just another popular doctor show in the eyes of the non-panelled categories.

Runner-Up: Friday Night Lights (“Your casting was great, but we won’t nominate your cast”)

Most Nominated Night


With 30 Rock’s 10 nominations, The Office following with even more, and then Grey’s Anatomy, and…well, it’s the night of television that critics appear to be watching the most of. Must See TV indeed.

Runner-Up: Sunday (The Sopranos, Entourage, ABC’s lineup)

Least Nominated Night


Perhaps unsurprisingly, Fridays garnered absolutely zero nominations. This could chance next year, as Friday Night Lights makes the move over to the other side.

Best Team

Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn (Lost)

I am wholly convinced that these two helped each other immensely. While O’Quinn got in on really a single episode, the panel rules cut the tapes down to entire that character’s scenes. This meant that Emerson was not only in his own episode, but basically everything that voters saw of O’Quinn’s as well. Their discussions were a highlight all season, and Emmy voters noticed it. Which is good.

Most Random Nomination

Drive – Visual Effects (Miniseries or TV Movie)

It’s the most random because Drive apparently submitted as a miniseries, which I wasn’t aware of. I don’t see how it could win anything else, though, since it had no ending.

Most Frustrating Category

Original Song Written for Television

Scrubs has two nominations, one of which it really doesn’t deserve. It’s frustrating because the brilliant Let’s Go to the Mall, as performed by Robin Sparkles on the “Slap Bet” episode of How I Met Your Mother, got snubbed in favour of one of them. The only mention it got was that the editor of the piece got a nomination, which is still good…I guess.

Most Disappointing Reality

Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) Never Being Nominated for an Emmy

In the show’s last season, Lauren Graham couldn’t break through to take an Emmy nomination. The result of this is that one of the best actresses of the past decade on television will not be recognized by the medium’s largest awards show in any form. Boourns to that.

Most Depressing Statistic

The CW’s ONE Nomination

The CW only managed a sound editing nomination for Smallville…or was it Sound Effects? Either way, it just goes to show you that the network is basically doing nothing to increase their profile at this rate.

Most Deserving Accolades

Battlestar Galactica

It might never break through in acting or series contention, but the writing and directing nominations scored by the series are most deserving, and show that outside of the panels the show actually scores quite well. People seem to really think it’s well-made, it’s just not penetrating the minds of the majority as a real contender.

Most Nominated Individual

Tina Fey (For Writing, Producing and Starring in 30 Rock)

Hats off to Tina for completing the trifecta: Clint Eastwood would be proud.



Filed under ABC, Award Shows, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Emmy Awards, Entourage, FOX, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Lost, Scrubs, Television, The CW, The Office, The Sopranos

5 responses to “The Highlights and Lowlights of the 2007 Emmy Nominations

  1. I had forgotten about Hayden Panettiere in Heroes, and I totally agree with you on Elizabeth Mitchell. Both were deserving. I am really disappointed that Lost was overlooked for best drama. I thought this was their best season. How can Lost be rated the second best show by the critics in a poll, but not crack the top 5 in the drama category here? Oh well…

  2. Stacy

    Re: Most Nominated Night

    Nice that you included the other shows, but you missed mentioning that UB had the most nominations on the regular tv networks. 11 emmy nominations. Go America! 🙂

  3. dnell

    Mmmm… I totally agree about Lauren Graham… but if she didn’t win/or was not nominated before the 6th season, it was never going to happen. That show clearly went downhill (in my opinion) after the creator left- I forget her name.

    As long as Eva Longoria is never nominated, I am always pleased with Emmy nominations.

    … I truly hate Desperate Housewives…

  4. Amy-Sherman Palladino was her name…and while I agree with the beginning of the season falling apart, Rosenthal (Who took over) put together a pretty decent finale. The show’s return to some form of itself, however, coincided with Lauren Graham becoming a producer, so maybe there’s a connection there.

    I actually feel kind of bad for Eva Longoria…she’s terrible, of course, but she’s never been nominated for anything. They even nominated Nicolette Sheridan. That’s just harsh.

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