Snap Judgment: The Emmy Comedy Nominations

Yesterday, I told you my thoughts on the drama nominations for the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards. Today, I'm taking on the comedies. As I scrolled through the list of comedy nominations, one major thing stood out to me: I think the Emmy voters got it right more often for the funny shows than for the serious ones. Here's my take:

  • I didn't get my whole wish of recognition for Pam and Jim — but voters delivered half of it with a nomination for Jenna Fischer, my favorite lovelorn secretary. As I said before, Fischer straddles the line between comedy and drama perfectly, and anyone who watched that "Beach Games" speech — not to mention her final interview in the final scene of the season finale — would be silly not to choose her. I'm also thrilled about Rainn Wilson's nomination, and I only wish we could hear what Dwight Schrute would have to say about it.
  • Speaking of lovelorn secretaries (or, in this case, assistants), I'm glad to see America Ferrera nominated for "Ugly Betty" — even though, after her flurry of wins earlier this year, her nomination was basically a non-event. A couple of other "Betty" nominations I love: Vanessa Williams nominated in the supporting comedy actress category, and the hysterical Judith Light in the guest actress group.

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  • On the other hand ... "Two and a Half Men." Yawn. It's not that I hate the show, it's that I can't muster up the energy to care about it. Put it in the best comedy series category if you must, but I think the six other nominations it racked up were a bit excessive. Glad to see Neil Patrick Harris steal a little recognition for "How I Met Your Mother" with his nomination in the supporting actor category.
  • Speaking of actors, I'm tiring of Tony Shalhoub getting nominated for "Monk." I think the man's a genius, but he has a death grip on that nomination, and I would have preferred the voters recognizing someone new. (Zach Braff, perhaps?) I'm glad Ricky Gervais slid in for "Extras," and I'm always happy to see my man Alec do well, though I'm surprised he's in the lead actor category and not supporting.
  • I had hoped for a writing nomination for Tina Fey and "30 Rock," but I never dreamed she'd get an acting nod! Her Liz Lemon is a beacon of hope for geeky, smart, socially awkward girls everywhere. I've been most interested lately in Tina as a writer, but it's great to see her on-screen talents get some well-deserved praise.
  • That best actress in a comedy series category is tricksy, however. I adore Mary Louise Parker in "Weeds" and Felicity Huffman in "Desperate Housewives," and yet perhaps what I love most about their performances is how movingly they handle the dramatic moments in their respective series. Then again, maybe those moments wouldn't be so poignant if the women were not so successful at the comedy stuff to begin with. It's a complex issue.
  • If you haven't seen Sir Ian McKellen's nominated guest-starring turn on "Extras," it's high time you did:

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