The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards were awarded last month in Los Angeles. Before they were awarded, as has become our custom here, we asked our Tony Polls voters to pick their favorites in over two dozen Emmy categories. For the past two columns, we've been running the results of your voting...and comparing the results to the actual winners. For today's column, we have the last batch of categories. But, first, we have a...
These were the results of our voting for in the Outstanding Comedy Series category.
I voted for 30 Rock, but I incorrectly said the actual Emmy in this category went to The Office. My choice was the winner and your choice wasn't. Neener, neener.
This also means an adjustment to our running tally of winners. The adjusted count has the Tony Polls voters at 4-for-17, and yours truly at 2-for-17. Neither is an impressive score, but, at least, mine is now a little less not impressive.
Moving right along...
Of these nominees, which is your choice for Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series?
I voted for JON CRYER, which, in retrospect, was a knee-jerk vote because I liked him so much in the early seasons of the show. I'm not watching the show this season. The actual Emmy was awarded to JEREMY PIVEN. You're 4-for-19.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura [Heroes].....46.97%
William Shatner as Denny Crane [Boston Legal].....25.76%
Terry O'Quinn as John Locke [Lost].....13.64%
Michael Emerson as Ben [Lost].....9.09%
Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti [The Sopranos].....3.03%
T.R. Knight as George [Grey's Anatomy].....1.52%
I also voted for MASI OKA, but the Academy members voted for the also excellent TERRY O'QUINN. You're 4-for-20.
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jaime Pressly as Joy Turner [My Name Is Earl].....38.98%
Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly [The Office].....23.73%
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater [Ugly Betty].....15.25%
Conchata Ferrell as Berta [Two And A Half Men ].....10.17%
Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes [Weeds].....6.78%
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper [Two And A Half Men ].....5.08%
This was a tough choice. I was back-and-forth between JAIME PRESSLY, who won the Emmy Award, and CONCHATA FERRELL, who I voted for because her work in Two and a Half Men has been terrific for years. That makes you 5-for-21 while I lag behind at a dismal 2-for-21. Odds makers, we're not.
I stopped watching Grey's Anatomy when I stopped liking most of the characters. But I always liked CHANDRA WILSON's work on the show, so she got my vote. The actual Emmy went to KATHERINE HEIGL, who's a pretty fair actress herself. That makes you 5-for-22 in these categories.
I also voted for THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART. The Academy voters agreed with us. That's makes you 6-for-23 and yours truly 3-for-23. I think I hear the fat lady warming up.
Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series
30 Rock: Tracy Does Conan; Tina Fey.....40.35% Extras: Daniel Radcliffe; Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, writers.....28.07% The Office: The Negotiation; Michael Schur.....17.54% The Office: Gay Witch Hunt; Greg Daniels.....12.28% 30 Rock : JackTor; Robert Carlock.....1.75%
I also voted for 30 ROCK: TRACY DOES CONAN, but the award went to THE OFFICE: GAY WITCH HUNT. You're 6-for-24.
Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series
Battlestar Galactica: Occupation/Precipice, written by Ronald D. Moore.....45.90% Lost: Through The Looking Glass, written by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.....40.98% The Sopranos: Made In America, David Chase, writer.....8.20% The Sopranos: Kennedy And Heidi, Matthew Weiner and David Chase, writers.....3.28% The Sopranos: The Second Coming, Terence Winter, writer.....1.64%
I hated this category because so many good episodes from quite frankly better shows weren't included. The Academy showed no love for Criminal Minds, C.S.I., Deadwood, Heroes and Veronica Mars, to name five shows that leapt immediately to mind. Since I didn't see any of the nominees, I abstained. The Emmy Award went to THE SOPRANOS: MADE IN AMERICA. You're 6-for-25.
Outstanding Writing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
ZERO: Burn your money before buying any comic receiving this rating. It doesn't *necessarily* mean there's absolutely nothing of value here - though it *could* - but whatever value it might possess shrinks into insignificance before its overall awfulness.
ONE: Buy something else. Maybe I found something which wasn't completely dreadful in the item, but not enough for me to recommend it when there are better comics available. I only want what's best for you, my children.
TWO: Basic judgment call. I found some value, but not enough to recommend it. My review should give you enough info to decide if you want to take a chance on it. Are you feeling lucky today, punk? Well, are you?
THREE: This denotes something I find perfectly respectable. There are better books out there, but I wouldn't regret buying this item. Based on my review, you should be able to determine if it's of interest to you. Let the Force guide you.
FOUR: I recommend anything earning this rating. Unless you don't like the genre, subject matter, or past work of the creators, I believe you'll enjoy this item. Isn't it uncanny how I can look right into your soul that way?
FIVE: Anything getting this rating is among the best comicdom has to offer. You should buy/read this, even if the genre/subject matter doesn't appeal to you. It's for your own good. Me, I live for comics and books this good...but not in a pathetic "Comic-Book Guy" sort of way.
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