Emmy Snubs and Shockers: 'Big Bang Theory' Actors Rule; 'Fringe,' 'In Treatment' Shut Out

Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki on "The Big Bang Theory."

While many of the predicted series and actors snagged their Emmy nominations this year, there were still a few choices that made us wonder if the Television Academy has totally lost touch with reality. That's not to say some of their choices weren't spot on, but there definitely are several snubs and shockers that made TV fans shake their fists, gasp or look around the room and do the cinematic slow clap.

PHOTOS: Emmy Nominations 2011: Snubs and Shockers


In Treatment
Outstanding drama series
A total shutout by the Academy for the show’s final season. Let us count the ways. Both Gabriel Byrne and Irrfan Khan gave their absolute all the way through to the twisty final episode. And then there’s Debra Winger. She’s not only a Hollywood veteran, but showed she still has the chops. Her character did take a bit of figuring out, but that’s the kind of complexity appreciated in the actress' performance.

True Blood
Outstanding drama series
After last year’s nomination, it's perplexing that the vampy HBO hit didn’t get anything for its actors or crew this year as the vampire hierarchy fell last season. Applause, applause to Alfre Woodard’s nom for guest actress, but what about James Frain as the vampire who was all kinds of crazy – literally – in his love for Tara (Rutina Wesley). Or Denis O’Hare in his freaky and nuanced role as the lovesick vampire king of Mississippi?

Sean Bean, Game of Thrones
Lead actor in drama series
He’s a newbie this year but delivered a powerful season in the lead role of Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark.

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Lead actress in drama series
Once again,  Emmy ignores Sagal’s amazing performance as Gemma. That should also go under surprises as the support for her carrying over from last year should have made Sagal hard to ignore. Oh well, maybe the Golden Globes will get it right – again.

Outstanding comedy series
Hello, Academy, don’t let the fact that the show is about a bunch of underachievers confuse you. This series should get extra credit for being smart, hilarious and sexy. Waving at you, Joel McHale.

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Outstanding lead actor in comedy series
Emmy Awards watchers and fans alike thought this would be NPH’s year to grab a supporting actor nod for his role as Barney Stinson, especially with the "finding dad" storyline in which he held his own with powerhouse John Lithgow.

Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding supporting actor in drama series
As the firecrackers-of-nerves WWI vet, Pitt’s performance this season was exciting to watch and should have earned him a nom. And the whole “he’s young, he’ll have his chance” excuse or “Steve Buscemi is a more of a name” -- things actually heard -- don’t fly here. Michael Shannon should have also been recognized for the agent who wants to bring down the bootlegging industry in Atlantic City.

Lead acting categories
Hmm, this one is a bit perplexing. Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch got supporting nods, but have the Glee writers watered down the cast with too many storylines and guest stars that none of its “leads” got recognized? Who is a lead in that show, anyway?

Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
Outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series
In a cast of characters who can be over the top in their portrayals, Offerman delivers a very measured and skillful performance as Ron Swanson. He’s sort of the “Amy Poehler opposite” and should have been recognized for that.

Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series
It wasn’t necessarily a comedic season, but that’s the category in which USOT exists. And for the money, Collette delivered both quantity in her portrayal of the different alters and quality in her nuanced performance of Tara at rock bottom.

John Noble, Fringe
Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series
In arguably its best season, the show didn’t get any noms. Most egregious, though, is the fact that Noble was passed over. His portrayal of three versions of Walter was stellar. And even without a trophy, he should be very proud.


Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Outstanding lead actress in comedy series
None one saw that coming. And apparently as one of the nomination presenters, neither did she. We can understand why. McCarthy really made a show that seemed to start with a touchy subject like weight and make people feel comfortable with her performance enough to laugh with her.

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding lead actor in comedy series
Emmy winner Jim Parsons was expected to be a shoe-in for another nom, but his castmate too? It’ll be interesting if Parsons can leave Galecki in the dust and win again or if they’ll split the BBT votes and neither wins.

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Outstanding lead actress in comedy series
Plimpton is definitely a big draw for the Fox series. It’s basically a surprise that she was nominated because Raising Hope as a series is a bit, dare we say it, down market for the Emmy-voting crowd.

So You Think You Can Dance and Cat Deeley
Outstanding reality series, outstanding reality series host
This is a love-it-or-have-no-clue-about-it show. Some friends live by it and others have no idea it exists. But this year’s nominations for the show and the host say people should pay attention. SYTYCD definitely has taken center stage this year.

The Kennedys
Outstanding miniseries
After being dropped by History for its seemingly over-dramatized portrayal of America’s royal family, ReelzChannel picked it up amid the controversy. Now the network and the series is being celebrated with 10 nominations.

Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Outstanding host for a reality series
Why is this a shocker? The show has had better days. Klum has taken a much more vocal role on the panel lately; maybe that blurs her host duties a bit too much? But does the supermodel still have it after all these seasons? The Academy apparently thinks she’s out.