2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations Snub the Geek World…Again


emmys-awards-2009Each year, the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gather to celebrate the best that television has to offer and if you’ve plopped your butt in front of a TV over the past year, then you know that there are a lot of great television series out there to feast your eyes upon. Today, the nominations for the 2013 Primetime Emmys were revealed and like years past, the geek world was looked over once again. That’s not to say that the nominees who were honored don’t deserve it, but I think it’s time to give credit where credit is due. Here’s a highlight of some of the shows and actors that were nominated.

One of the bigger shows, as has occurred in the past, is Game of Thrones. Series stand-out and star of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, Peter Dinklage was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama for his role as Tyrion Lannister. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series, was nominated in the Outstanding  Supporting Actress in a Drama. Also from Game of Thrones is Dianna Rigg, portrayer of Olenna Tyrell, nominated in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama. In the writing category, the much discussed episode The Rains of Castamere rightfully earned a nomination. To wrap things up for the popular HBO series, it was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series.

Fans of the hit A&E series Bates Motel, the kind-of prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film Psycho, only pulled it one nomination, Vera Farmiga gaining a nod for her portrayal of Norma BatesJessica Lange was nominated once again for her work in the mini-series American Horror Story: Asylum, as was James Cromwell, Sarah Paulson and Star Trek Into Darkness star Zachary Quinto. After those four nominations, the FX hit also gained a nomination for Outstanding Mini-Series or Movie.

On the comedy side of thingsit wasn’t a shock to see Jim Parsons, the portrayer of The Big Bang Theory’s quirky germ-a-phobe Sheldon Cooper, gain a nod for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, as did Louis C.K. and Arrested Development star Jason Bateman. Mayim Bialik, who plays Dr. Cooper’s girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler, received a nod in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Justin Timberlake and Louis C.K. were all nominated in various categories for their work on Saturday Night Live. Comedy icon Bob Newhart rightfully earned a nomination for his portrayal of Professor Proton on The Big Bang Theory. 

I’ve kept to the geek side of things here, but you can check out the entire list of nominees, which include the likes of House of Cards, Veep, Downton Abbey, Homeland and Mad Men, among many others, by clicking HERE. So who got the snub? As per usual, one of the most watch and critically acclaimed series on television right now, The Walking Dead failed to receive any recognition, as did the critical darling Hannibal. I think the downfall there is the fact that people aren’t watching it. Aside from Bateman’s nod, the newly revived Arrested Development received no attention. Not surprisingly, the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy also got the cold shoulder as did former Emmy winner Boardwalk EmpireDexter, which is headed into its final season and is a former winner, received no nominations. Many folks thought that BBC American newcomer Orphan Black, particularly its star Tatiana Maslany, would receive a nod, but no such luck. Fan-favorite Fox comedy New Girl, which received several nominations last year, was overlooked in 2013.

The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy awards will air on September 22nd on CBS. BE sure to check out the link to see the full list of nominations for 2013.

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