Emmy Snubs and Surprises: 'Modern Family,' 'Glee,' Cougar Town'

ed-o-neill-chris-colfer-320.jpgThe Emmys, just like any other awards, can't honor everybody. That would be the equivalent of giving out gold stars. Sweet, but meaningless.

But that doesn't mean we can't get outraged about those whom we feel are worthy of recognition but got snubbed. Yes, some of them are just our favorites, whereas others ... well, they just seem like obvious contenders.

Take for example, Courteney Cox. She's the one "Friends" main cast member who hasn't been nominated, and with her alternately goofy and sympathetic turn on "Cougar Town," we really thought she had a shot of at least getting nominated (for the skin flapping scenes alone -- sheesh!). Alas, the honor was not hers.

Additional Snubs:

Ed O' Neill - Every other main adult "Modern Family" star in the cast got a nod. How in the world did the patriarch, whose seed begat so many of the others, get overlooked? They wouldn't even exist without him!
"Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" - Okay, yeah, yeah, "Survivor" has been around since Pangaea and has been a bit tiresome, but this landmark 20th season outdid itself, if only because the so-called heroes were just so pitiful and got played.
"Parenthood" - Not even one nomination for anything? Really, even with Lauren Graham gamely and admirably filling in? Sadness.
Zach Gilford - Okay, we don't want to get greedy with our "Friday Night Lights" riches this year (see below), but he just brought the hurt, and we were buying it with full hearts.
Katey Sagal - We love us some Peg Bundy and Leela, but we even admit that this "Sons of Anarchy" is the best work of her career.
"Big Bang Theory" - Sigh. No best comedy love for the show that makes geek look so chic. We're going to grumble all the way to Comic-Con.
The stars of "The Pacific" - HBO's epic miniseries deserves every last one of its writing, directing and Creative Arts nominations. But without the intensely emotional performances of James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello, Jon Seda and the rest of the cast, it goes nowhere.
Nick Offerman - Ron. Freaking. Swanson. "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler got a deserving nomination, but Offerman and his amazing 'stache will have to settle for love from TV critics.

Turning away from our burning indignation, we have to admit that we're not completely mad at the Emmys. We had a few pleasant surprises that we weren't even really hoping for that just made our day. Chrismukkah in July? Why yes.

Surprises:

Conan O'Brien - The former "Tonight Show" host's Pyrrhic victory.
"True Blood" - It's a guilty pleasure about vampires (and other fantastical beasties) that didn't get recognized for any writing, directing or acting, but hey, it's up for best drama. That doesn't suck.
"Friday Night Lights" - Woo hoooo! This is totally our "Oh Captain, my Captain" moment for Coach and Mrs. Taylor ( Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton). Well done and about frickin' time.
"Glee" Hummels - Almost any episode featuring Chris Colfer and Mike O'Malley warily playing the heartbreaking father and son make us tear up consistently. Oh, and hooray for Neil Patrick Harris getting a guest nod.
Jeremy Piven/"Entourage" - Wait, they're NOT nominated for anything significant (sorry sound mixer)?!? Happy Day! We're going to perform a jig ... just as soon as we learn how.

See the 2010 Emmy nominees.

Who do you think got snubbed? Who were you must gratified but surprised to see nominated?

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