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"Lights" are out for Emmy voters

NBC's incredible drama "Friday Night Lights" was thrown for another loss this morning in the Emmy nominations. And so am I.
How could the voters ignore last season's best drama? It received only two minor nominations -- one for casting and one for direction. The incredible cast, including Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler as the best parents on television in recent years, was ignored.
Sure, it would have been tough to break into the best drama category, which includes "Boston Legal," "'Grey's Anatomy," "Heroes," "House" and "The Sopranos." But I would have bounced the intentionally absurd "Boston" or the increasingly absurd "Grey's Anatomy" for "Friday Night Lights."
NBC had been hoping that the Emmy nominations would provide a promotional boost for the series, which was renewed despite low ratings.

At least the low-rated NBC  comedy, "30 Rock" grabbed 10 nominations, including ones for creator and co-star Tina Fey, co-star Alec Baldwin, and for best comedy. Of course, with so many fewer comedies being made these days, it didn't have competition as stiff as "Friday Night Lights."
Well, at least "Lights" has the support of the Television Critics Association, which gave Britton and Chandler nominations and also nominated the series as program of the year, new program of the year and for achievement in drama. The TCA will announce its winners Saturday evening.

The disconnect between Emmy voters and critics was also apparent by the season-high 17 nominations given the HBO movie, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." Though I gave it a positive review, it was named one of the worst movies or miniseries of the year in one trade magazine poll of TV critics.
Not surprisingly, HBO's "The Sopranos" had the most nominations of any drama series - 15 - including ones for James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Edie Falco (wife Carmela), Aida Turturro (sister Janice), Michael Imperioli (Christopher), Tim Daly (writer J.T. Dolan)  and Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi). That's right, Bracco was nominated despite having very few scenes in the show's final episodes as Tony's psychiatrist. That says something about the psychology of voting, I guess.

Freshman shows "Ugly Betty" (11) and "Heroes" (8) were properly rewarded. Series lead America Ferrera was nominated for "Betty," as was Salma Hayek, who also produces the show. Masi Oka (Hiro), who plays the most popular character in "Heroes," also was the only actor nominated.

More on the hits and misses of the Emmy nominations in my column and news coverage in Friday's edition of The Buffalo News.
-- ALAN PERGAMENT

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