YES, THAT'S RIGHT, AMERICA, THERE WERE FIVE BETTER DRAMATIC ACTING PERFORMANCES LAST YEAR THAN HUGH LAURIE AND JAMES GANDOLFINI: The 2005-6 Emmy nominations are out, and man, is this a mess. No nominations for any Sopranos castmember except for Michael Imperioli. No noms for any of The Office's supporting cast. Only technical noms for Lost (except "23rd Psalm" for writing and Desmond for guest actor). Lots of nominations for Two and a Half Men, only two minor noms for How I Met Your Mother.
The good nominations: South Park's "Trapped in the Closet", Rome and Big Love's title sequences, the President and First Lady for 24, Yang and Bailey and Christina Ricci for Grey's, and Housewives shut out of the major noms.
Also file under "great": our friend Shonda Rhimes, for Best Writing for a Dramatic Series, for "It’s the End Of The World, As We Know It (Part 1 & 2)".
But, generally, yuck.
edited to add: Sepinwall insta-reacts: "There was a sprinkling of fresh blood -- "The Office," Denis Leary, the First Couple from "24" -- but overall this is a fiasco. Not that "Desperate Housewives" was good this year, but the fact that neither of last year's comedy or drama series winners were even nominated this year makes me think that the Academy is going to do an about-face on the new system in, oh, two or three days."