The grotesque prejudice against so-called “genre” shows and performers reached its absolute nadir this morning when the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences declined to nominate Tatiana Maslany of BBC America’s Orphan Black for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama category. This snub is among the biggest (and most indefensible) in Emmy history, and renders the competition in that category meaningless.
This unfathomable hatred has meant that truly deserving shows and performances never received the recognition they were due — Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sarah Michelle Gellar (a Daytime Emmy winner), for example, were never acknowledged by the Academy despite the fact that BTVS is a genuine cultural touchstone of quality. More recently there was Battlestar Galactica and Fringe. And now, with just its first season under its belt, Orphan Black appears poised to be the latest victim of the genre ghetto.