I was just kvetching this morning about how my three favorite TV shows are off the air — “30 Rock” for good; “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” until 2014 — so I’m settling for shows I’m not so crazy about: “The Newsroom,” “The Killing” . . . and, well, that’s pretty much it. (I know a lot of you swear by “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter,” but it seems like a lot of seasons to catch up with. I am, though, about to gird my loins and see if I can power-watch the first two seasons of “Scandal” before the third one starts.) Anyway, the Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and my favorites did pretty well: 13 nominations for “30 Rock,” 12 each for “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey.” (The top shows were “American Horror Story: Asylum” with 17, followed by “Game of Thrones” with 16, “Behind the Candelabra” — another favorite — and “Saturday Night Live” with 15, and “Breaking Bad” tied with “30 Rock” at 13. Not to rain on “American Horror Story” ‘s parade or anything, but part of the reason it got so many nominations is because it’s considered a miniseries — and because it’s eligible for categories like “Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup”)
A few reflections:
— What, exactly, does Jon Hamm have to do to win an Emmy? He’s been nominated nine times now (six times as Don Draper, three times for his hilarious guest spots on “30 Rock”) and never won. Likewise, Elizabeth Moss just got her fifth nomination as Peggy Olson (no wins), Christina Hendricks’ fourth as Joan Harris (ditto). Did Matthew Weiner (who, by the way, did not get a nomination for writing or directing) offend someone at the Emmys somehow?
— Note that Moss is also nominated for her terrific work in “Top of the Lake.” Bravo.
— Somebody please hand that Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy to Elaine Stritch in “30 Rock,” right now. And wouldn’t it be nice if Alec Baldwin presented it to her?
— Lots of love for “Behind the Candelabra,” Steven Soderbergh’s HBO movie about Liberace. I’m guessing all the movie-studio execs who passed on the project are squirming now, just a bit.
— Is it wrong that I completely forgot that “Girls” ever existed? A respective five nominations this time around, but not so much buzz.
— I’m tickled to see a first nomination for Tony Hale, who plays Selena’s solicitous “body man” in “Veep.” Love him. He’s pretty funny in “The Heat,” too.
— Is it too much to hope that the Dowager Countess, i.e. Maggie Smith, might show up to accept her award as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama? (She’s been nominated in this category twice before, and won both times.) I can dream.