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Emmy Awards 2016: 9 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is sometimes lampooned for its random Golden Globe nominees and shocking winners (Lady Gaga will forever be a "Golden Globe-winning actress"), the Emmys have swung the other way, earning a reputation for nominating stale and safe shows. This year, the Television Academy took a shuffle-step in the right direction, rewarding several new and underappreciated performers. (See the full list of nominees here .) Of course, many of the year's best still missed the cut. Here are a few of the notable snubs and happy surprises.   Surprise! Matthew Rhys, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for The Americans Keri Russell, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Americans The rising cries of frustrated TV critics across the country finally reached the ears of Emmy voters, who nominated the leads of this incredible FX show (also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series) after its fourth season. For Russell, the Emmys have righted a wrong that began way back in the last century, when her work on Felicity was ignored (she did win a Golden Globe for that role, however).   Snub Rachel Bloom, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Few people are called upon to do more than Bloom in the remarkable Crazy Ex-Girlfriend . As a showrunner and original music producer in addition to lead actress, her stamp is all over this unique show. But the curse of the Golden Globes continues (see Gina Rodriguez, who also won for her first-season work and was ignored by Emmy voters). Fortunately, Bloom was recognized with nominations for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for "Settle For Me."   Surprise! Constance Zimmer, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for UnREAL How very Quinn of the Emmys to wind up inviting Zimmer to the party while leaving the impeccable Shiri Appleby behind. Still, a deserved nomination for one-half of TV's most dysfunctional duo.   Snub Orange Is the New Black The critically acclaimed Netflix series scored just one nomination: Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series. Yet none of the actual cast members were nominated (not even two-time acting winner Uzo Aduba).   Surprise! Master of None What a year for Aziz Ansari, who snagged nominations for writing, directing, and acting in his breakthrough Netflix series. That last one could have gone to someone else, if you ask me. But it's cool, it's cool.   Snub Full Frontal With Samantha Bee , Outstanding Variety Talk Series In a year when so many late-night talk show hosts debuted, including the show she left to take on this project, Bee's launch has been extraordinary. But thankfully the category found a spot for a rising talent named Jerry Seinfeld and his very relevant Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee . (Bee did get a writing nomination, though.)   Surprise! Tatiana Maslany, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Orphan Black This may not be a real surprise given her nomination last year (after being overlooked the previous two), but you never know with these fickle Emmy voters. And I just want to point out that Maslany is listed as being nominated for playing "Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, Rachel and Krystal," which shows just how singular her performance is.   Snub The Leftovers Nothing? Nada? Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, and Regina King all did exceptional work in a story that not only lived up to its incredible first season, but exceeded it.   Surprise! Maisie Williams, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones Game of Thrones is always in the Emmy conversation, but this is the first nomination for Williams, whose Arya Stark has become one of the show's most interesting characters.   Honorable mention: Little love for Outlander , The Good Wife , or Jane the Virgin (what did The CW do to Emmy voters to deserve such disdain?). Also, where is Jane Krakowski?   Did your favorite snag a nomination? Who do you think was snubbed? Let us know below!

Emmy Awards 2016: Who Should (and Shouldn't) Be Nominated

After another extraordinary year in television, Lauren Graham and Anthony Anderson will announce the nominees for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on July 14. In anticipation of the Television Academy's annual celebration — and exercise in frustration — I've compiled a list of my dream nominees. Given how many praiseworthy performances there were on TV this year, I've also included the actors whose work I wouldn't mind being recognized. And because there's a touch of snark to everything I do, I've added some of the tiresome veterans and overly praised newcomers with whom I cannot even.     DRAMA Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series COMEDY Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series LIMITED SERIES/FILM Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie   DRAMA Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series In a perfect world: Matthew Rhys, The Americans Rami Malek, Mr. Robot Justin Theroux, The Leftovers OK, sure: Steve Buscemi, Horace and Pete Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel Kyle Chandler, Bloodline Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Aaron Paul, The Path Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan Damian Lewis, Billions Louis C.K., Horace and Pete Sam Heughan, Outlander Just... no: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Bobby Cannavale, Vinyl Clive Owen, The Knick Wagner Moura, Narcos The Americans is the best show on television right now, and the fact that neither of its leads has received an Emmy nomination is as insane as the idea of two KGB spies living across the street from an FBI agent and becoming best buds. On the flip side, enough with Kevin Spacey and all of House of Cards , basically.   Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series In a perfect world: Keri Russell, The Americans Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Krysten Ritter, Jessica Jones Carrie Coon, The Leftovers Caitriona Balfe, Outlander Shiri Appleby, UnREAL OK, sure: Claire Danes, Homeland Sarah Lancashire, Happy Valley Eva Green, Penny Dreadful Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder Taraji P. Henson, Empire Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Gillian Anderson, The X-Files Just... no: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Robin Wright, House of Cards Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black What Tatiana Maslany does on Orphan Black is truly other-worldly, so hopefully she'll earn her second consecutive nomination (after two brutal snubs) — and win. If Keri Russell doesn't finally get the Academy recognition she deserves… well, then, it will be like every other day, except I'll be extra eye-rolly. Julianna Margulies and Michelle Dockery did good work, but this year good is not enough.   Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series In a perfect world: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Christian Slater, Mr. Robot Mandy Patinkin, Homeland Jordan Gavaris, Orphan Black Rupert Friend, Homeland OK, sure: Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Michael McKean, Better Call Saul Hugh Dancy, The Path Andre Holland, The Knick Tobias Menzies, Outlander Alan Alda, Horace and Pete Ray Romano, Vinyl Just... no: Alan Cumming, The Good Wife Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Tatiana Maslany understandably gets the lion's share of praise for Orphan Black 's success, but Jordan Gavaris is, in many ways, the heart of the show. My down-with- Downton campaign continues here, of course. Just say no to mediocrity   Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series In a perfect world: Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black Regina King, The Leftovers Constance Zimmer, UnREAL Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Alison Wright, The Americans Billie Piper, Penny Dreadful OK, sure: Lena Headey, Game of Thrones Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black Miranda Otto, Homeland Malin Akerman, Billions Holly Taylor, The Americans Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Just... no: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey One of the best TV stories to come out of the past few years is the resurgence of Regina King. Feel free to give her another Emmy, this time for The Leftovers . Just don't let Joanne Froggatt take up a spot for another year of worried glances and knowing smiles.   COMEDY Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series In a perfect world: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent Rob Delaney, Catastrophe Fred Savage, The Grinder Chris Geere, You’re the Worst Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth OK, sure: Rob Lowe, The Grinder Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine William H. Macy, Shameless Fred Armisen, Portlandia Billy Eichner, Difficult People Just... no: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Don Cheadle, House of Lies Aziz Ansari, Master of None Chris Geere does really fantastic work on the woefully underrated (in both senses of the word) You’re the Worst . And while Master of None is a very good show, Aziz Ansari is not a very good actor.   Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series In a perfect world: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Aya Cash, You’re the Worst Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe OK, sure: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie Laurie Metcalf, Getting On Michaela Watkins, Casual Martha Plimpton, The Real O’Neals Abbi Jacobson, Broad City Ilana Glazer, Broad City Anna Faris, Mom Maria Bamford, Lady Dynamite This is where it's at. There is no one in the award conversation to whom I'd object being nominated, but I do sincerely hope Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom is among the nominees. Few actress are tasked with doing as much as she does each week on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .   Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series In a perfect world: Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Tony Hale, Veep Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin Adam Driver, Girls Santino Fontana, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend OK, sure: Steve Zissis, Togetherness Ty Burrell, Modern Family Louie Anderson, Baskets T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley Noah Galvin, The Real O'Neals Just... no: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family Ed O'Neill, Modern Family Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family A little love for the CW, please? Feel free to skip Modern Family completely, however. This was not their year.   Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series In a perfect world: Kether Donohue, You’re the Worst Melanie Lynskey, Togetherness Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Donna Lynne Champlin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Niecy Nash, Getting On Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent OK, sure: Anna Chlumsky, Veep Allison Williams, Girls Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Amanda Peet, Togetherness Eden Sher, The Middle Judith Light, Transparent Chelsea Peretti, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Noel Wells, Master of None Just... no: Allison Janney, Mom Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Julie Bowen, Modern Family Sofia Vergara, Modern Family Another shout-out for You're the Worst , which is one of the best. Also among the best: Togetherness ' Melanie Lynskey, who is typically the MVP of everything she's in.   LIMITED SERIES/FILM Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie In a perfect world: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Patrick Wilson, Fargo Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager Ben Whishaw, London Spy Malachi Kirby, Roots OK, sure: Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero Bryan Cranston, All the Way Timothy Hutton, American Crime Anthony Hopkins, The Dresser Richard Dreyfuss, Madoff Idris Elba, Luther Matt Bomer, American Horror Story: Hotel Ian McKellen, The Dresser Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock London Spy worked because of Ben Whishaw's haunting performance. All the awards!   Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie In a perfect world: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Kirsten Dunst, Fargo Kerry Washington, Confirmation Lili Taylor, American Crime Felicity Huffman, American Crime OK, sure: Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Angela Lansbury, Driving Miss Daisy Blythe Danner, Madoff Just... no: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel Look, Lady Gaga wasn't bad in AHS . In fact, she was surprisingly good. But not award-worthy, no matter what those maniacs at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association think.   Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie In a perfect world: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Connor Jessup, American Crime Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Hotel Jesse Plemons, Fargo Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager OK, sure: Alfred Molina, Show Me a Hero Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo Wendell Pierce, Confirmation John Travolta, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Chris Cooper, 11.22.63 In an incredibly dark and violent season of AHS , Denis O’Hare was a beacon of light. But Sterling K. Brown was superlative.   Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie In a perfect world: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager Regina King, American Crime Jean Smart, Fargo Melissa Leo, All the Way OK, sure: Catherine Keener, Show Me a Hero Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel Anna Paquin, Roots Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel Vera Farmiga, Special Correspondents Just a few years ago, Regina King called out the Emmys' lack of diversity among nominees and resigned herself to the fact that ruffling Academy feathers could cost her future recognition. Now she has two acting nominations in one year. And she should win.   T.J. DeGroat is the editor of SideReel. He can't believe Lauren Graham has never been nominated for an Emmy. Follow him on Twitter for rants about snubs.

Orphan Black Swan Song & Dirk Gentlys Debut: BBC America At Comic-Con

Orphan Black is headed back to the San Diego convention to bid adieu to the fanboys as Sarah and her Leda clones head into the final fifth season of the hit BBC America show. Stars Tatiana Maslany,Jordan Gavaris,Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, as well as co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, will be in Room 6BCF on Friday, July 22 at 4:30PM in a panel moderated by Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman. Also on Saturday, July 23 in Room 6BCF at 4pM, BBC America...   Read More... http://deadline.com/2016/06/orphan-black-dirk-gently-holistic-detective-agency-bbc-america-comic-con-1201780591/

Orphan Black Season 4: Funniest Clone, Best Reunion, Weirdest Twist and More!

Another amazing season of clone drama (and audiences wondering about Tatiana Maslany's well-deserved Emmy) has come to a close with the Orphan Black Season 4 Finale . As a whole, Orphan Black Season 4 was pretty damn great. It was certainly an improvement over Orphan Black Season 3 , which was a bit too Castor-clone-filled for my tastes. There were plenty of wonderful performances, heartbreaking moments, killer twists, and satisfying reunions all the makings of spectacular drama. ...  Read More...   http://www.tvfanatic.com/slideshows/orphan-black-season-4-report-card/

'Orphan Black': The Best Character Moments and Clone Swap of Season 4

There's so much to love about Orphan Black , and its characters (and those clone swap moments) are probably at the top of that list. From clones to non-clones, it just wouldn't be the same without them. Here are the best character moments and clone swap of season 4.   Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/orphan-black-the-best-character-moments-and-clone-swap-of-season-4-13016.aspx

'Orphan Black': 46 Burning Questions for Season 5

Clone Club, I know it's a sad day. Orphan Black season 4 is officially over and the wait to season 5 seems like forever. We got some answers, but we were, of course, left with many unanswered questions. Here are 46 questions I hope will be answered in the series' fifth and final season. (I'm sure you have others, so head to the comments with yours.)   Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/articles/orphan-black/orphan-black-46-burning-questi-60325.aspx

'Orphan Black': The 16 Most Shocking Moments from Season 4

Part of what makes the BBC America series so good is that anything can happen at any moment. Each season is filled with so many twists and turns that by the time it's over, you need a moment to regroup. And because Orphan Black is so trippy and twisty, it wasn't that easy to narrow down this list of the most shocking moments of season 4.   Read More... http://www.buddytv.com/slideshows/orphan-black-the-16-most-shocking-moments-from-season-4-73307.aspx

Orphan Black's Season 4 Finale Reunited Your Favorites & Leaves 1 Major Question for Season 5

If there's one thing the Clone Club learned in the season four finale of Orphan Black, it's that Rachel Duncan (Tatiana Maslany) is ice cold. Well, you probably knew that already,...   Read More... http://www.eonline.com/news/773486/orphan-black-s-season-4-finale-reunited-your-favorites-leaves-1-major-question-for-season-5?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-tvnews&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_tvnews

Orphan Black Finale Sneak Peek: Krystal Is Unimpressed With Her Clone

During tonights Orphan Black season finale (BBC America, 10/9c), Krystal gets an invitation into Clone Club but does she want to be a member if it means looking like a seven on a good day? The scene-stealing beauticianfinally meets Sarah in this exclusive video, and Krystals reaction to learning about her genetic identical is, [] http://tvline.com/2016/06/16/orphan-black-season-4-finale-video-krystal-sarah-meet/

Orphan Black Ending With Season 5

Send in the clones one final time: Orphan Black has been renewed for a fifth and final season. BBC America announced the end of the Tatiana Maslany-fronted series on the day of the season...   Read More... http://www.eonline.com/news/773242/orphan-black-ending-with-season-5?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-tvnews&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_tvnews
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