Can you believe it's here? Tomorrow morning at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. on the east coast Joel McHale and Sofia Vergara will drag themselves to a podium in Los Angeles and announce the nominees for this year's Emmy Awards. And what a moment that will be for Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin, Toni Collette and all the usual suspects who normally garner Emmy love. But what of the surprises? Ahead, Movieline offers you 5 without-a-doubt-guaranteed shocks that will delight your weary heart in the morning. (Please note: guarantee not bound by law.)
1-True Blood gets snubbed in the Best Drama category
You love the vampires, catty drama, and over-the-top sex and violence. But you know who doesn't care? The older Emmy voters who are going to make The Good Wife one of the six series nominated for Best Drama. Toss in Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Damages and Dexter and that leaves only one slot left - do you really think the Emmys will snub Lost during its final chance at nomination glory?
2-Critical darlings Community and Parks and Recreation fail to get any Emmy love
Bear in mind, this is a voting block that still nominates Entourage for Best Comedy Series, and seriously thought]] and Modern Family are each expected to get a slew of nominations, but how far will it go? Far enough to include two critically beloved-but-underseen NBC comedies when they're already going to nominate 30 Rock and The Office? Don't think so. And that's to say nothing of the actor slots, which are literally overflowing with talent. Speaking of which;
3- Chris Colfer gets nominated as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Glee
Everyone has had Jane Lynch's name down in the Best Supporting Actress category since last summer, but Colfer? Glee goes episodes without having ColferÃÆÃâÃâÃÂ¢ÃÆÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã Â¡ÃâÃÂ¬ÃÆÃÂ¢ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã Â¾ÃâÃÂ¢s Kurt do anything more than give a stink-face. That said, during the few Kurt-centric episodes sprinkled throughout the season see: "Theatricality" he was better than any of his young co-stars. And since you only have to submit one episode to be considered, Colfer has more than enough to work with.
4- But Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele are left out
Prevailing wisdom has this duo getting nominated for Best Actress and Actor in a Comedy, respectively, but do either of them have a standout moment to rival Colfer or Lynch? Michele's booming Rachel Berry solos are wonderful "Don't Rain on My Parade," FTW! but the Emmy Awards aren't the Grammys. And last time I checked, white rapping wasn't a category either. Sorry, Mr. Schuester!
5- Best Actress in a Comedy is going to be a dog fight
You want an overloaded category? Try this on for size: In addition to Michele, Toni Collette, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Mary Louise-Parker, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Courteney Cox-Arquette and Patricia Heaton are all vying for a nomination. That's nine ladies for six spots. Even if you take out Michele, that means there are still two television comedy icons left sitting this one out. My guess: No Poehler or Heaton.