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Team Experience: One last agonized cry for the snubbees this Emmy nomination day!

As is our habit, we polled Team Experience this morning to see which Emmy snub yanked them straight to mourning this morning. Here are their answers. Please share your own in the comments, won't you? Misery loves company!

CHRIS FEIL: MJ Rodriguez in POSE. While we can hope that Billy Porter's immensely deserved nomination can represent the entire ensemble with a win, it still leaves Pose's exquisite female cast members unrewarded including the most deserving: Mj Rodriguez's resilient and compassionate house mother Blanca. It's infuriating that the show's directing and writing went unrecognized due to the Game of Thrones glut, but to have denied the season's emotional epicenter is just about unconscionable. Hers is the work that most embodies the multifaceted show and all of its triumphs and power.

DEBORAH LIPPGentleman Jack got crowded out, why? Emilia Clark over Suranne Jones is not supportable. FOUR nominations for Game of Thrones over Sophie Rundle in supporting actress is not supportable. Game of Thrones' worst season over this breakthrough new series is NOT! SUPPORTABLE!

lots more weeping after the jump...


EUROCHEESE: Poor D'Arcy Carden. Standing there, trying to make those jokes work this morning, seeing The Good Place finally get in for Series... but no special announcement at the end telling her about her nomination. It hurts even more when you realize the writers received a (completely deserved) nomination for her most prominent episode, Janet(s) - how can one be there without the other? Sigh.

DANCIN' DAN: I was so happy to see Pose nominated for Drama Series - a HUGE breakthrough for trans visibility. But to not nominate the heart and soul of the show, MJ Rodriguez, for her charismatic, heartfelt performance stings quite a bit. In fact, for NONE of the ladies of Pose to get acting nominations almost makes the Drama Series nomination feel like a back-handed compliment. And I don't know what Rhea Seehorn has to do to get recognized for her remarkably nuanced, blistering work on Better Call Saul, other than have a penis.


BEN MILLER: WHAT THE HELL DOES KIM WEXLER HAVE TO DO TO GET SOME RECOGNITION! How many tasteful blouses paired with simple, yet elegant earrings have to die in order for the world to realize how great Rhea Seehorn is?  Without Kim/Rhea, Better Call Saul has no soul.  Everything we learn from BCS is based off the characterizations we had from Breaking Bad, but Seehorn crafts such an original, imperfect, humane, overworked/underpaid slice of realism that it is an absolute atrocity that we have gone four seasons and have barely gotten a Critics Choice Award nomination.  For shame Television Academy...for shame!

ERIC BLUME: Ignoring Richard Madden's incredible work in Bodyguard (despite a Best Drama nomination for the show itself) seems bananas.  Madden managed to scale big emotional heights through a character who does not show emotional heights.  Madden has a rollercoaster going on inside, but his job is to remain a shadow, and you never fully witness an unleashing.  But the journey of the show...and the often unbearable tension you're held in throughout the series...registers fully through Madden's detailed, electrifying acting.

SPENCER COILE: I’m sending out a quick RIP to Elizabeth Olsen for her devastating work on Sorry for Your Loss (which is somewhat ironic)Portraying grief has never felt so genuine or so fresh, and it hurts knowing that such an astonishing performance is being ignored largely because her show is only available… on Facebook. So let’s grieve together, while also streaming through the pain. 

NATHANIEL R: I was so shocked to see Schitt's Creek finally receive attention that it took me some time to sift through the other wreckage and realize what bodies were even missing. Like Deborah, I can't imagine a world where Suranne Jones didn't deserve to be nominated for complex and precise work on Gentleman Jack but right now I'm just over here furious that the  gut-busting The Other Two, which did receive a nomination for 'Outstanding New Program' at the Television Critics Association Awards, was entirely shut-out. "In this climate?"


LYNN LEE: Where is GLOW (Season 2) for best comedic series? Why so little love for a show that got so much of it last year and has only gotten better since then?  While the first season, despite terrific elements, didn't completely come together, the show truly came into its own in season 2, demonstrating a more assured tone and shifting more deftly between its comic and dramatic registers.  Not only did it continue to mine riches from the central relationship between the frenemies played by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, it also did a far superior job developing the rest of the female wrestlers while finding new depths and shadings to their cranky, sometimes cruel, but ultimately supportive leader Sam (Marc Maron).  Plus, who can forget the totally bonkers - and totally delightful - hijinks in GLOW's go-big-or-go-home episode "The Good Twin"?  In a way, the Emmys' snub is appropriate for a show about underappreciated underdogs: you may forget or sideline these ladies, but they won't stop fighting for the attention and plaudits they deserve.  

MICHAEL CUSUMANO: We didn’t need more proof Cate Blanchett could do anything but we got it with her loving spoof of Marina Abramovic on Documentary Now! She was never less than fully committed no matter what bonkers task the role demanded. 

J.B.: Broad City. Full stop. There were a number of painful snubs today, but by far the most egregious was the lack of recognition for the titular broads of this landscape-changing comedy for its superb final act. While it is so wonderful to see Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle nominated for their fantastic writing on Pen15, there is no Pen15 without Broad City. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson created a space for themselves in a television universe where none had existed before, and they THRIVED, bringing wit and whimsy and the right amount of feelings to lucky viewers for five great seasons, and they deserved a lot more credit for it than they got. This show was the deepest, most hilarious and most poignant ode to friendship on television since Will & Grace, and the Academy not recognizing it as such on their last opportunity to do so is bitterly disappointing. 


How about you, dear reader and TV watcher, which shows or performances are you in mourning for right about now?

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I'm a Rhea Seehorn adorer and, now that we know they're watching Schitt's Creek, it's time for Annie Murphy too.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Rhea Seehorn and Matthew Macfayden (Succession) are my Supporting Actress and Actor of the year. Maybe next year, when Game of Thrones is thankfully gone.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I was saddened by the Susan Kelechi Watson snub for "This Is Us".

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterD

Seehorn gets my vote. They were never really in the running but also the cast of Good Omens.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

Richard Madden
Richard Madden
Richard Madden

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDO

They continue to nominate Laverne Cox just to save face about their reluctance to include gender variant talent in their nominee slates.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Yes, MJ Rodriguez is easily the MVP of Pose. She has so much heart.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTyler

J.B. - At least Ilana and Abi were nominated for the Short Form Comedy Award.

It is crazy to think that Emmy Rossum has never been nominated for Shameless. I also miss Andrew Scott and Ian McShane.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I knew it was going to be a long shot, but I wish Rob McElhenney had been nominated for his performance as Mac on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. He’s always really good on the show, but his performance in the Season 13 finale was amazing. I wish It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia had received a nomination for Best Comedy Series as well.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAidan

What about Samantha Morton for The Walking Dead?

Is she still not elegible that year?

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

I really, really wish Khalilah Joi (or Michelle Forbes) would've been recognized for that incredible episode of Grey's Anatomy, Silent All These Years. I tune into the show for fluff, but that episode snapped me wide awake.

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJames from Ames

DO -- yeah, the Richard Madden thing is weird given that the series itself was nominated and he's constantly right there. Miles better than what Kit Harrington is doing.

July 16, 2019 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I was hoping Indya Moore would have been nominated for their performance in POSE as Angel. Their work in Season 1 was exceptional. Here’s hoping for some much-deserved awards attention in Season 2!

July 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I think POSE is poised for a MAJOR breakthrough in S2. I mean Porter/series nominations for S1 is still pretty good, but especially with GOT gone, it'll open up a lot of spots for Mj Rodriguez et. al.

That said... I have to represent the supremely un-recognized and un-rewarded CW with two of its finest shows final seasons: JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. The fact that Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom are Emmy-nomination-less is unforgivable.

I'm also absolutely perplexed that literally every female cast member from FLEABAG got in (deservedly so) and yet Andrew Scott in a far weaker category couldn't get recognized? Red flag on that play.

And while I wasn't expecting it, it'd be nice for his/her nominations for RUSSIAN DOLL if they had included Charlie Barnett.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Broad City actually got at least 3 nominations. Both girls got acting nods and I asume their producers of whatever this was. Like a short form series or something.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Roberts

The near shut out of Catch-22 was absurd to me. That show balanced a wide range of genres in a flash where one moment it would be really funny and in a second extremely devastating. Christopher Abbott gave such a raw and powerful performance and Clooney should have at least gotten a Directing nom. The Limited/Movie races look like the voters only watched 7 Limited Series. It was surprisingly the best show I’ve see all season and I was not expecting it going into it. The Other Two for sure as well but I knew that would happen. It’ll probably go unnoticed like my beloved Difficult People. A swan song nom for Tituss Burgess was also sadly missed

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Bailey

I don’t think Glow is as popular as people think. I don’t think it ever managed to catch on. Did anybody even talk about Glow a month after season 2 came out? And of course season 3 is coming out over a year before next year’s Emmys. Nobody will remember.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Roberts

Miranda Richardson for Good Omens. Given seconds in a supporting role to sell a scene or even an entire story arc, nails it all and also acts a multi persona con-woman possessed by an angel channeling a dead irishman-all three of them arguing-gets her laugh and ends the series with a show stopper of a line perfectly timed. Maybe thats considered easy now days. I'm still in awe.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClayton O

Clayton O, I am banking on Good Omens having been too 'out there' for Emmy voters (not to mention the fact it was released too late to make an impact). It is getting a big tentpole BBC transmission in the UK this autumn which I suspect will lead to BAFTA nominations aplenty. And I hope the Globes go all out for it in their usual idiosyncratic way.

As for Richardson, I completely agree. I hope the Globes go there too (look at her impressive Globe TV track record - all for miniseries/TV movies). In comparison Emmy voters only nominated her once - for narration.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLuke

@Peggy SUe I agree that Annie Murphy of Schitt's Creek is entirely nomination-worthy. She's wonderfully affecting in those understated dramatic moments - the scene where she confessed her love to Ted the veterinarian made me tear up.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I’ll never know why they constantly ignore Ellen Barkin on Animal Kingdom...

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I can't argue with the Rhea Seahorn love. She's perfection.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah Lipp

Succession deserved MANY acting nominations. Brian Cox, Macfadyen, Culkin, Snook, Jeremy Strong. Plus I'd consider Hiam Abbass and J. Smith Cameron (guest?) and I'm sure there were good guest performances I can't remember.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara are the names, but Dan Levy and Annie Murphy are the MVPs of Schitt's Creek. Sad to see them left out.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

Richard Madden. Even more surprising because he was also a player on Game of Thrones.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJW

Schitt's Creek is a 4 hander. Dan & Annie deserve just as much recognition.

Whew though, that Comedy Actress category is a blood bath. I mean, Catherine O'Hara FTW surely? But but but Pheobe, Natasha, Christina....

The Suranne Jones omission really stings! :(

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJWB

Bummed about the omission of Shrill's Aidy Bryant, whose brilliant embodiment of a real woman with a human body, living life on her own terms (haters and patronizers be damned), isn't “brave,” it’s bravado. Not realism, but reality.

Also sad not to see a nomination for Fosse/Verdon’s Aya Cash. As Gwen's center of gravity, she provided such an encouraging boost and the much needed, sometimes poignant, reality check, for a woman, wife, mother, friend and artist who seldom gets either.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

My question is: did any of the Emma voters see Cate Blanchett in Documentary Now? She was spectacular as Izabella Barta. If that performance was in a feature movie, she wold most def had been nominated for an Oscar

Of the noms, i was pleasanlty surprised that Melisandre was nominated in the Guest drama actress cause the night is dark and full of terrors

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterManuel

Mareko -- totally love these notes. SHRILL really deserved better than *nothing*

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Apparently Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, and Carice Van Houten were NOT submitted by HBO. They all had to submit themselves. That detail is so crazy to me. Like, wow HBO, I get you have a lot of actors, but loosen up your purse strings a bit?

Also going back to CRAZY EX GIRLFRIEND... while the show/lead were ignored, it was nominated for Original Music/Lyrics with a LA LA LAND-inspired number about anti-depressants. Everyone should Google/YouTube it.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Gentleman Jack was robbed! It was beautifully written, directed and beautifully acted. Suranne Jones deserved to be nominated for best actress. Sophie Rundle deserves supporting actress. Gentleman Jack was fabulous, beautiful and tender. Too bad it was lost in Game of Thrones nonsense!

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJack

The Other Two deserved multiple acting nods. D'Arcy Carden was robbed for The Other Place. Glow is wonderful and deserved more recognition.

Also, I love Jane the Virgin and think Gina Rodriguez, the show itself, and Yael Grobglas (who plays Petra) deserved nods.

July 17, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJJM

I was devastated that Suranne Jones was not nominated. Devastated. She was incandescent in the role - I don't think I have ever fallen in love with someone so quickly! Absolutely blew me away. She really deserved that nomination - I hope the GG nominate her and the Bafta of course.

It baffles the mind that CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND was not a contender. Yes, it's from the CW, but the show was just so incredible and Rachel Bloom and Donna Lynn Champlin are much more deserving than some actual nominees in my opinion.

July 18, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLeehee

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