Clone War: Tatiana vs. the Emmys

tatianaThe 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.
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65th Primetime Emmy Nominations Announced

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

The nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards contained the usual allotment of familiar names and past winners, as well the odd outrageous oversight — Tatiana Maslany ignored for playing multiple starring roles on Orphan Black, anyone? But that’s all par for the course for the Emmys.

The big “controversy” this year will probably be over the nods for House of Cards and Arrested Development, two series that are not even on broadcast or cable networks — they are only available from Netflix. Should they have been nominated for TV awards?

However the nominees were selected by the members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences — and it would appear most voters just copy/pasted last year’s ballot, as usual — here they are:


Breaking Bad, AMC

Downton Abbey, PBS

Game of Thrones, HBO

Homeland, Showtime

House of Cards, Netflix

Mad Men, AMC
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