Thursday, July 16, 2009

2009 Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Announced Today

61st Primetime Emmy Awards

The nominations for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. Since most visitors to this site are fans, as we are, of mystery, suspense, and crime dramas, we thought we'd simply focus on listing the nominations that include these series. In the interest of time and space, we're skipping over some of the more technical categories (not that they aren't important in and of themselves).

Outstanding Drama Series: Damages, Dexter, and Lost were nominated. It's a close call for us, but we like Damages here. All three series were nominated last year in this category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk in Monk. Tony Shalhoub is Adrian Monk; it's hard to imagine the character being played by anyone else. He was also nominated last year in this category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter, and Simon Baker as Patrick Jane in The Mentalist. Michael C. Hall is perfectly creepy as Dexter; we're less impressed with Simon Baker but that's probably because we don't like the series. Michael C. Hall was nominated last year in this category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24: Redemption, and Kenneth Branagh as Kurt Wallander in Wallander: One Step Behind. Kenneth Branagh gave a fine performance as Kurt Wallander, but we didn't particular enjoy the three movies. We didn't see 24: Redemption, which was essentially a teaser episode for the series since the 7th season was delayed by the writers' strike.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages, Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer. We were mesmerized by Glenn Close's performance in Damages. We're not fans of Law & Order, any of them. And we've never seen The Closer. All three actresses were also nominated last year in this category; Glenn Close won.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: William Hurt as Daniel Purcell in Damages, and Michael Emerson as Ben Linus in Lost. Both actors created interesting characters that added depth to their respective storylines; we're not sure either are Emmy-worthy though. Michael Emerson was nominated last year in this category.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies. We enjoyed the series, but not enough to miss it after it was cancelled. This is a surprise nomination to us, not that Kristin Cheoweth doesn't deserve it; she was nominated last year as well.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Cherry Jones as President Allison Taylor in 24, and Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons in Damages. Rose Byrne's role was nearly as prominent as Glenn Close's this season, but it simply wasn't memorable to us. We didn't watch 24 this year.

The Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, September 24th at 8 PM (ET) on CBS.

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