Picks and Pans Review: The Emmys
With the announcement of Emmy nominations coming up July 6—the show airs Aug. 27 on NBC, with Conan O'Brien as master of ceremonies—let's remember some deserving shows and stars.
BEST SERIES, DRAMA The Book of Daniel (NBC). Controversial with religious groups and not of much interest to the heathen, Daniel lasted only four episodes—which means, by Emmy rules, it doesn't have a prayer. But I believe in miracles! This drama about an Episcopal priest (Aidan Quinn), his family and their struggles with the world, the flesh and the devil had a messy, honest vitality I haven't seen in a show since.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA Michael Emerson, Lost (ABC). Here's a show with a rich ensemble and, peeping out from behind the island fronds, some fringe performances with a special perverse appeal. Viewers seemed to really go for Michael Emerson as sneaky, grimy Henry Gale (left), who in any given scene looked and acted like the devil's pet weasel.
ACTRESS, DRAMA Emily Deschanel, Bones (FOX). Academy, please don't ignore this forensic fox. Deschanel is a lovely presence on FOX's hip procedural—chilled, yet with an air of reserved, sexy mystery. And her chemistry with the volatile David Boreanaz is excellent.
ACTOR, COMEDY John Krasinski, The Office (NBC). He may turn up nominated as supporting actor, but the show would be unwatchable without him: He's loosely funny, kind and human, whereas star Steve Carell always seems like some dumb little fascist inexplicably put in charge of a workplace instead of a country.
ACTRESS, COMEDY Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS). She's a pretty safe bet to be nominated, isn't she? Six months ago, who expected the Seinfeld curse could be broken? On Christine, she's sadder, wiser, still bitingly funny. If she's not nominated, though, the curse can be considered still on.
SPECIAL CITATION, BEST GO-TO GUY Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He was dying Denny, the heart-patient heartthrob on Grey's Anatomy, the demon-hunting father of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles on The WB's Supernatural—and he turned up on Weeds, where he was the already dead husband. He's consistently good, a handsome Everyman in need of a shave.
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