This year’s Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and surprise! No nominations for “Gilmore Girls” for the fifth straight year. I was really, really hoping Lauren Graham might have earned herself a nod this year for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, but oh, no–the overhyped “Desperate Housewives” shrews stole three of the five slots. C’mon, Emmy voters…can you really believe that 60% of the best performances for that category came from one show–one that, while supposedly funny, isn’t even really a comedy?
OK, I’ll give you the amazing Felicity Huffman–even without having seen the show, I’m familiar enough with her to know that she likely deserved her nomination, and I’m glad for her. She should’ve gotten a nomination or two for “SportsNight,” but that’s a whole other rant. But (and again, I admit I haven’t seen the show, though clearly that won’t stop me from judging it) I have a hard time accepting that either Marcia Cross or Teri Hatcher did work more deserving of an Emmy nod than Lauren Graham.
Graham’s Lorelai Gilmore is one of the most complex, believable characters on TV, and Graham skillfully portrays her many and varied moods. She’s been doing phenomenal work on that show for five years now, she’s gotten both Screen Actor’s Guild and Golden Globe nominations…but Emmy just won’t come a’callin’, just because her show’s on in the ghettos of the WB. Being on that network seems to kill any chance you’ve got at getting Emmy nods, no matter what quality work you do.
So, Ms. Graham, should you ever come across these words, know that I value the hell out of what you’ve done on that show and if I had any pull with the Emmy voters, you not only would have been nominated several times over but would have at least one statuette on your mantlepiece. Emmy’s about hype, and you don’t get hype on the WB. But you can get respect, which matters more than awards, anyway. (Not that that helps much at salary renegotiation time…)