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Emmy nominations 2012: the good and the bad

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THE BAD: With the notable exception of a guest starring nod for Joan Cusack, this morning’s SHAMELESS shut out further confirmed our suspicions that those poor Gallaghers really can’t catch a break. Sticking with the subject of no laughing matter comes MODERN FAMILY, whose dominance in the supporting acting categories (See: Nods for Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara) continues to come at the expense of equally deserving ensembles on the likes of COMMUNITY (Dani Pudi! Gillian Jacobs!), PARKS AND RECREATION (Nick Offerman! Chris Pratt), HAPPY ENDINGS (Damon Wayans Jr! Casey Wilson! Eliza Coupe! Adam Pally!), 30 ROCK (Jane Krakowski!) and THE MIDDLE (Eden Sher!), among others. Meanwhile in the drama department, no Outstanding Drama Series nomination for THE GOOD WIFE means that for the first time in history none of the major four broadcasters are represented in the category, while the distinct lack of Emmy love for GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD and FRINGE have us wondering if they might try their hand at scamming their way into the “Mini Series” category next season based on the success FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY saw this year.

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