A few quick comments -- mostly gripes and such -- about this year's Emmy nominations:
1) The art of the super-writer -- someone who can simply awe you with a monologue or spme snappy dialogue -- is underappreciated these days. I still think the year's best two dramas were Aaron Sorkin's "The News Room" on HBO and David Kelley's "Monday Mornings" on TNT. "Mornings" was snubbed entirely; "News Room" got nominations for Jeff Daniels and Jane Fonda, but everyone else was ignored; watch this week's episode and you'll see how good Alison Pill (as Maggie) and Sorkin are.
2) Another good actress did get her due, though. Elisabeth Moss has two well-deserved best-actress nominations, for "Mad Men" and for the terrific Sundance mini-series "Top of the Lake."
3) There's another impressive double-nominee, Bobby Cannavale. He got supporting nods for opposite roles -- a doctor in "Nurse Jackie," a fierce mobster in "Boardwalk Empire."
4) The movie-or-miniseries list is pretty weak this year, with only two excellent nominees -- "Top of the Lake" and HBO's "Phil Spector." Let's face it: "Behind the Candelabra" "Political Animals" and "American Horror Story" were so-so; "The Bible" had some great stories to tell, but didn't do them with much skill.
5) I would have much rather seen a nomination for the four-part mini that brilliantly concluded "The Big C" -- (at least, Laura Linney got a well-deserved nomination) -- or to any of several well-made PBS films.
6) Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now broken Lucille Ball's record for comedy-actress nominatios. Louis-Dreyfus (wonderful in "Veep") is in an interesting field that includes the two "Saturday Night Live" anchormates, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
7) Speaking of comedies, I'm still rooting for "The Big Bang Theory" to win. And it was fun to see Bob Newhart -- Emmyless at 83 -- get a guest nomination. His terrific episode reruns at 8 p.m. today (July 18) on CBS.
8) Too often, drama nominations center on the same few shows. In particular, there should have been one for Eric McCormack's brilliant work on TNT's "Perception"; catch it at 10 p.m. Tuesdays on TNT.
9) Amid the cable dominace, I was glad to see that broadcast-drama performances got noticed -- Connie Britton and Kerry Washington in ABC's "Nashville" and "Scandal" and Carrie Preston in her fun guest roles as Elsbeth on "The Good Wife." Still, Britton and Washington were nominated in a category that had one huge oversight: Surely, Tatiana Maslany should have been nominated for her perfect, multi-character work in "Orphan Black."
10) Also, I was glad to see nominations for some excellent and eccentric work -- Merritt Wever as Zoey in "Nurse Jackie" and Bill Hader as ... well, almost everyone, on "Saturday Night Live."