Emmy nominations are out. Not exactly The Most Important Thing In The World right now (I just finished Tom Nichols’ piece in The Atlantic about how screwed we are on nuclear strategy), but I still have opinions. Not many since I haven’t seen 90, maybe 99 percent of the shows and people nominated.
For Supporting Actress, Comedy, I want to give a Hooray! for Janelle James. As the principal on the most-excellent Abbott Elementary, she did an amazing job of taking a character who for most of the season is kind of horrible and making you actually like her and root for her. So when her times comes with the heavy scenes, the impact magnifies.
Sadly, she’s up against Sheryl Lee Ralph from the same show who is also excellent. Though I only recently saw her in One Mississippi, Tig Notaro’s show (not only do I see 1 percent of shows, I see them years after they are finished) and she was arguably better there.
I’m gutted that Reservation Dogs didn’t get a nomination. That’s what prompted this post. This show transcended excellence. If that’s even a thing. I like Only Murders in the Building, but is it better than Reservation Dogs? Uh, uh. Maybe RD’s problem is it’s more than a comedy, more than a drama. Dunno, but heartsick about that. And isn’t Curb Your Enthusiasm a really old show?
I’m still waiting to see the first season of Hacks (11th in the queue at the library), so can’t comment, but I love Jean Smart in everything she’s ever done. I did get to see the first episode. They tease you that way, give you one episode hoping you’ll pony up for the service to see the rest. But everything is on a separate streaming service these days and to subscribe to them all is nuts. I’m not the type to subscribe, watch what I want, cancel, move on to the next. I’m in the boonies with no cable unless I want satellite, so I make do with internet streaming.
That’s all I have to say because that’s all I’ve seen. Congrats to all the nominees and all that crap. Now, do you know what mutual assured destruction is? There are military officers who don’t. Chew on that a bit.