The Emmy nominations were announced early this morning. I was glued to SouthLAnd from the night that cop drama made its debut on NBC. I love cop dramas and it was one of the best. I couldn't believe troubled NBC dropped that excellent series and then gave us The Paul Reiser Show and Whitney. SouthLAnd was picked up by cable. I wished that Regina King would finally get an Emmy nod in the Best Actress category for her smart, strong character. We got to know this police woman at work and we got the see how her home life impacted her work. This was such a well-written, well-played, believable character. I felt like I knew this person. I connected to King's character.
Regina King and Michael Cudlitz did not get Emmy attention for their excellence on SouthLAnd. They never got nominated. They are now in the same category as the cast of regulars on HBO's prison series, Oz. This series was really overlooked by the Emmy.
Not a single regular cast member on The Wire got an Emmy nomination either. That Emmy exclusion was a bigger crime than any one committed in any episode of the show.
Angela Lansbury has three Oscar nominations to her credit. Hit Broadway musicals gave her the leading lady stardom and awards Hollywood didn't. Then TV beckoned. She solved crimes for a long, long time on one of the biggest hits in the CBS prime time line-up. America loved Angela as Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote.
Murder, She Wrote brought Angela Lansbury 12 Best Actress Emmy nominations.
Not only was he a terrific sitcom actor, he was also the executive producer of one of the most groundbreaking and successful sitcoms in network TV history. Star and executive producer Desi Arnaz gave us I Love Lucy, a hugely innovative sitcom. It became famous all over the world. He and wife/co-star, Lucille Ball, headed Desilu Productions. Desi Arnaz was one of the most influential network TV producers of the 1950s and '60s.
As Ricky Ricardo, Arnaz is one of my favorite sitcom dads ever.
Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance and William Frawley all got Emmy nominations for I Love Lucy.
Desi Arnaz was never nominated for an Emmy Award. Desi Arnaz was never given a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Emmy from the TV Academy. Hard to believe.
Comic actor and voiceover genius Mel Blanc was never nominated for an Emmy. All the iconic cartoon character voices he created for the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes came to television. We watched The Bug Bunny Show to see -- and hear -- Bugs, Daffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn and all the other characters he brought to animated life. He was a cast of cartoon characters unto himself.
Mel Blanc was never nominated for an Emmy Award. Mel Blanc was never given a Lifetime Achievement Honorary Emmy from the TV Academy. Hard to believe.
Once again, when performers say "It's an honor just to be nominated," believe them.