Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emmys Voting Opinions Prove Too Similar to Viewers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emmys Voting Opinions Prove Too Similar to Viewers

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NEW YORK - The Emmys, in recent years, have more or less adopted the voting habits of a reasonably urbane TV viewer. The voting body appears to make a good faith effort to watch and appreciate lots of diverse television, on network and cable and Netflix, seeking out some little-watched series as well as the zeitgeist-capturing ones. If, as Thursday morning's nominations suggest, the voters still get moony-eyed about famous actors and shows that look like "serious dramas" (ahem, "House of Cards," "Downton Abbey"), they now also pay regular fealty to Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham and know when it's time to start snubbing "Homeland." If they haven't gotten around to watching "The Americans" or "Broad City," they at least fell in love with "True Detective" and recognized Amy Schumer. If the movie and miniseries categories have been highly massaged or finessed or, shall we say, manslaughtered - an episode of "Sherlock" was nominated as a movie; "Treme's" fourth season was nominated as mini- series; "Fargo's" Allison Tolman, the lead on that show that hopes for a second season, was nominated for best supporting actress in a miniseries-at least they're all deserving. The Emmys are doing what they can to try to please as many people as possible.

The simple fact is it's no fun being reasonable about the Emmys. Sure, "Orange Is the New Black" got nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Writing and Best Directing, and Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox and Kate Mulgrew all received nods for their acting on the show. But where is "Broad City" and "Brooklyn 99"? "American Horror Story," "Fargo," "Treme" and "Luther" make Best Miniseries an extremely strong category. But did anyone voting for an Emmy actually watch "Bonnie & Clyde"? Best Actor in a Drama is stacked: Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Spacey and, oh, what on earth - Jeff Daniels for "Newsroom"? …

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