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10 Emmy Snubs: "The Americans," Julianna Margulies, "New Girl" and More



Yesterday's Emmy nominations gave us plenty to celebrate. The excellent Game of Thrones picked up 16 nominations (second only to American Horror Story's 17). Netflix was able to garner 14 nominations for its first batch of original programming. Emmy voters even managed to pleasantly surprise us by recognizing performances from Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Adam Driver (Girls) and Laura Dern (Enlightened).

Still, the choices were far from flawless. We've collected some critics' picks for the most egregious oversights, AFTER THE JUMP...

"Are we taking crazy pills?! That is the only reasonable explanation we can seem to come up with after failing to hear Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany's name read in the Best Actress in a Drama category." (E! Online)

"... once again, the Emmys seem to snub any FX show that isn’t American Horror Storylike Justified, Sons of Anarchy and The Americans." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Julianna Margulies, a three-time nominee and one-time winner for CBS’s Good Wife, was left out, even though the drama-actress list went seven deep." (New York Times)

"Once an Emmy darling, [Matthew Weiner] and his Mad Men were completely shut out in the drama writing derby — a first for the AMC period drama." (

"[Eric Stonestreet] won the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy last year, and this year, he's not even among the nominees." (Yahoo)

"Thanks to an emotional breast cancer storyline last season, [Monica] Potter provided and Emmy-worth scene in nearly every episode. If ever there was a year that was 'her' year, it was this." (NBC News)

"For a show with extraordinary actors and actresses including Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and more, the fact that [Parks and Recreation] took home only two nominations total -- one for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series -- is a huge snub." (Huffington Post)

"If the Emmys have had one blind spot historically, it’s in recognizing genre shows, which might help explain Walking Dead’s absence despite another breakout year ratings-wise." (Variety)

"Plot issues with Showtime’s Dexter aside, as the show enters its final season, [Jennifer] Carpenter, by all critical accounts, knocked it out of the park last year when discovering the truth about her brother." (Washington Post)

"Jake Johnson was the star of Season 2 and he made a bold choice by moving into the Lead Actor race and unfortunately, it didn't paid off. But it didn't stop there. Both [Zooey] Deschanel and [Max] Greenfield were booted from their spots and New Girl finished with zero nominations." (

What do you think was the worst Emmy snub?

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  1. The biggest snub was definitely Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.

    Posted by: HDS | Jul 19, 2013 12:02:39 PM

  2. I agree about Tatiana Maslany. Her performance in Orphan Black was one of the most awesome acting jobs I've seen on TV. Playing 6 different people, sometimes all on the screen at the same time, and doing it convincingly, is not easy.

    Posted by: MJM | Jul 19, 2013 12:08:39 PM

  3. The Americans.

    Posted by: BCNKC | Jul 19, 2013 12:14:49 PM

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE Orphan Black... Caught the addiction late, but she definitely deserves a nomination!

    Posted by: Scotty | Jul 19, 2013 12:19:10 PM

  5. Sons of Anarchy were yet again left without an Emmy nomination. So was Justified. I get this feeling that Emmy just doesn't like FX Network.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jul 19, 2013 12:23:13 PM

  6. Orphan Black's omission is criminal. Justified and Sons both deserve more notice a well.

    Posted by: Felix | Jul 19, 2013 12:54:57 PM

  7. Parker Posey for Oustanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her stint as Liz on LOUIE. Criminal snub.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 19, 2013 1:06:16 PM

  8. Rob Lowe's performance in "Behind the Candelabra" was amazing. This was Emmy's biggest oversight this year.

    Posted by: Mick | Jul 19, 2013 1:15:58 PM

  9. Biggest oversight for me was Michael Cudlitz's galvanizing performance on SOUTHLAND in its final season. How anyone can watch that hostage episode and not give him a nod is beyond me. Saddest part of all is that with the show gone, we may never have a chance again to celebrate one of the most original gay characters ever on television.

    Posted by: Glenn Gaylord | Jul 19, 2013 1:29:31 PM

  10. Maybe New Girl finished with Zero because it turned into a simple slapstick Three's company kind of knock off with a dose of "Cheer's" will they won't they with two of the lead characters.

    Posted by: Cam | Jul 19, 2013 1:31:45 PM

  11. Mick, agree with you about Rob Lowe in BTC. Masterfully creepy.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jul 19, 2013 1:36:18 PM

  12. @Cam: Agree on new girl. Besides being hot, I'm not quite sure why the male leads deserve any noms

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 19, 2013 1:45:42 PM

  13. I don't watch Orphan Black so I can't comment on that actress, but I felt that Keri Russell was truly deserving of a nod for The Americans, as was the show for Drama Series and Writing. It also horrified me to see American Horror Story get nominated as best anything after that awful season last year!

    Posted by: Steve Stowell | Jul 19, 2013 1:47:27 PM

  14. Agree with CAM re: New Girl.
    Jake Johnson is not a lead. There is no male lead on this show. There's only one lead and it's Zooey Deschanel.

    Posted by: Jon | Jul 19, 2013 1:48:06 PM

  15. By far, Corey Stoll was robbed for a supporting nomination for HOUSE OF CARDS. Although Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright earned well-deserved nods, Corey Stoll's performance was the heart and soul of the drama.

    Posted by: Mia500 | Jul 19, 2013 1:55:10 PM

  16. Southland was robbed!!

    Posted by: Edd | Jul 19, 2013 2:01:25 PM

  17. Christopher Knight for his masterful performance of Peter Brady and ABC's The Brady Bunch.

    Re-runs do count, don't they?

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jul 19, 2013 2:02:42 PM

  18. SPOILER ALERT: Jennifer Carpenter as "Dexter's" sister, Deb. The final scene of the season - when she shoots LaGuerta instead of Dexter...her reaction after firing the gun was unscripted and completely improvised by Carpenter. This was some of the most AMAZING acting I've EVER seen. Not only should she have been nominated, as Deb would say, "She should have fu@#in' won!" Robbed, robbed, ROBBED!!!

    Posted by: ssflewie | Jul 19, 2013 2:05:27 PM

  19. Lady Catelyn and King Robb of Game of Thrones were definitely snubbed. They killed it in the Red Wedding episode! (pun intended?)

    Posted by: Gary A/House Music Pusher | Jul 19, 2013 2:11:36 PM

  20. RU PAUL anyone? Can I get an Amen? WTF.

    Posted by: jeremy | Jul 19, 2013 2:14:15 PM

  21. No RuPaul????? AMEN. Jeremy!

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Jul 19, 2013 2:46:00 PM

  22. Caitlyn Stark!!! The Red Wedding...

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jul 19, 2013 4:15:52 PM

  23. The Emmys are completely irrelevant, like most of TV. The only show I watch is 'Veep' with the brilliant Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She is this generation's Lucille Ball.

    Posted by: Charles Decker | Jul 19, 2013 4:52:21 PM

  24. The Emmys are not completely irrelevant. The Grammys, sure, the Oscars, mostly, the Golden Globes, absolutely, but the Emmys often get it right.

    I'm most shocked that American Horror Story (which had a FANTASTIC season) got so many nominations, but then Lily Rabe didn't get a nomination. She is simply electric.

    Posted by: Robert | Jul 19, 2013 5:10:02 PM

  25. I accepted the Emmy might have been slightly homophobic against RuPaul Drag Race. That would explain why it hasn't been nominated even once. Betty White is comedy royalty but her hosting on Off Their Rockers getting a nom - that's blasphemy. I really wonder, of all reality shows out there - are there only 5 that deserve nomination year after year? I can't give an amen. The Amazing Race is so boring most of the time.

    Another biggest crime is the outrageous nomination of American Horror Story. 17 noms. WTF? I can accept the acting nominations but it definitely doesn't deserve other noms.

    Posted by: Alfred | Jul 19, 2013 6:05:37 PM

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