As I usually do since I've been temporarily relocated to California, I was listening to KNX 1070 news radio on my computer. I love its morning drive team. KNX, a station based in Los Angeles, went live to the Emmy nominations and then returned to the newscast team for Emmy nominations wrap up. It was no surprise that Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black and Breaking Bad got top nominations. News anchor Dick Helton was stunned that James Spader did not get a Best Actor nod for NBC's The Blacklist. He loves Spader on that series. I'm with him. I think the NBC series has some of Spader's best work. Folks on Twitter couldn't believe Spader got snubbed. That night, my friend Ruth messaged me on Facebook that she couldn't believe James Spader did not get an Emmy nomination.
That veteran actor sure has got a lot o' love from fans of The Blacklist.
Remember when he was always the slim, yuppie jerk in 1980s movies like Baby Boom?
As for nominations, I feel like I've been doing television since it was invented. I've been a host on national and local TV for decades and I've never, ever been nominated for any kind of an Emmy. So, when I hear the nominees for Best TV Host, I usually have the same expression on my face that Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson had on hers when she had to make lunch her popular sister Blanche.
But that's just me. Back to James Spader. He is in excellent company as one who was overlooked for an Emmy.
After he resigned as president of Desilu (he and Ball were no longer married but still in contact with a great respect for each other's talents), Lucy took over and became the first woman to head a major studio. They met and fell in love while making the movie version of the Broadway musical comedy, Too Many Girls. Desi was a featured performer in the original Broadway cast and recreated his role for Hollywood. That 1940 release was made at RKO studios. Thanks to their I Love Lucy series, they purchased the old RKO studios and turned it into Desilu Productions. Other shows from Desilu include The Danny Thomas Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Mannix.
Desi was a TV actor and a brilliant TV visionary. This Cuban immigrant became a legendary American success story. He was an extremely influential and creative and grateful TV producer. I Love Lucy was an international hit. He and Lucy became a Hollywood power couple thanks to their sitcom creation. Desilu Productions championed racial diversity in casting. When Lucy succeeded Desi as head of the studio, that was a major chapter in the history of women in Hollywood.
Desi made Ricky Ricardo a classic TV sitcom dad and certainly one of the hippest sitcom fathers. He was not all the usual Caucasian head of the household seen on television. He brought his ethnic flavor, energy, music and language to his groundbreaking, classy character. America saw a bi-lingual household when it visited Lucy and Ricky every week on I Love Lucy. On the show and in real life, he was a bandleader. Look for Desi Arnaz music on CD.
Ida Lupino was one of Hollywood's most respected new actress of the 1930s and 40s. She could hold her own in dramas opposite Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield and Edward G. Robinson. Her acting skills lit up the big screen in High Sierra, They Drive By Night, The Hard Way, The Sea Wolf, Moontide, Lust for Gold and Deep Valley.
She was never given a Lifetime Achievement Emmy -- and she deserved one just like Desi Arnaz did.
He added his brilliance to network primetime animated series like The Flintstones...
...and The Jetsons.
The same goes for the cast of the critically acclaimed HBO series, The Wire. Snubbed.
So, you see. When it comes to being overlooked by the Emmys, James Spader is in some absolutely amazing company.