The overall snub of science fiction and fantasy genre shows at the Emmys continues.
True Blood, HBO’s hilarious and sexy story of vampires coming out of the coffin in modern-day America? Art direction, casting and title design are up for honors, but not the transfixing Anna Paquin (pictured) as good-girl telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse.
A best drama nod for Battlestar Galactica’s final season? Frak, no. Just technical categories like visual effects, directing and editing — the usual. Never mind the outstanding performances of Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell.
We can take some consolation in the fact that Jim Parsons, star of CBS’ geeky sitcom The Big Bang Theory, is up for best lead actor in a comedy series. Joss Whedon’s Web musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog snagged a nomination in the just-created short-format live-action entertainment program category. Kristen Chenoweth is up for supporting acress in a comedy series for ABC’s bewildering Pushing Daisies, and the same network’s Lost is representin’ in the outstanding drama category against Showtime’s Dexter, HBO’s Big Love, AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad, Fox’s House and FX’s Damages. It’s pretty stiff competition for the time-twisted castaways.
But when it comes down to it, sci-fi doesn’t have a polar bear’s chance on a tropical Island.
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