30 Rock Yes, Two And Half Men No: Emmy Noms Contradict Ratings

The Emmy nominations came out recently and they strongly favored shows no one watches.

In particular, 30 Rock, which couldn’t pull a good number if it cured cancer, and Flight of Conchords, which about 14 people have seen were both nominated for best comedy series. The most watched comedy, Two and Half Men received no such nomination.

30 Rock was the 66th highest rated show for the 2008-09 television season.  It's best season to date.

30 Rock was the 66th highest rated show for the 2008-09 television season. It's highest rated season to date.

Not one of the top five rated drama series received a nomination for best drama series: CSI, NCIS, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds.

Just because a program garnered low ratings doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an inferior show nor is a highly rated show automatically great.

However, there seems to be a notion that the more popular something is, the worse it us. In our culture, popularity and quality are never associated with another.

We see this phenomenon occurring not only in award shows, but in magazines, newspaper and on the internet, especially on-line.

NBC’s 30 Rock is a funny show. Yet, every time Land of Punt watches Two and Half Men we laugh out loud. If you’re handing out awards for comedy shows, what’s a better indicator than guffaws?

Two and Half Men has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations during it's run but has only won technical awards.  Overall, the Men was the 10th highest rated show of 2008-09 attracted nearly 15 million viewers.

Two and Half Men has been nominated for 30 Primetime Emmy Award nominations during it's run but has only won four, all for technical achievement. Overall, Men was the 10th highest rated show of the 2008-09 season attracting nearly 15 million viewers on average.

Some people believe that if a show is popular it’s not special. Therefore watching a popular show doesn’t make them special. Sadly, these people are so vapid and shallow they depend on what they watch to define them as people.

It is this attitude that give shows like 30 Rock, Flight of the Conchords and Mad Men a reputation of greatness and shows like Two and Half Men, NCIS and Criminal Minds a reputation of schlock.

Which leads us to ask if the purpose of television is to attract viewers than shouldn’t the shows that attract the most be judged as the best?

Ultimately, snubbing Two and Half Men is not even the worst part about the current crop of nominations. The Family Guy being nominated for best comedy series, Sarah Silverman being nominated for best actress in a comedy series and no nomination for NCIS’ Michael Weatherly are far more egregious.

By the way, we’re not saying it’s a bad , but Mad Men is the most boring show on television. LOP is a huge John Slattery fan but not even he can keep us from falling asleep.

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 20, 2009. They will be broadcasted on CBS and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

HBO led all networks with 99 nominations. NBC was second with 67. 30 Rock garnered a record breaking 22 nominations.

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Entourage
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
30 Rock
Weeds

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Alda, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges, Desperate Housewives
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Steve Martin, 30 Rock
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Gena Rowlands, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Betty White, My Name Is Earl

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Big Love
Breaking Bad
Damages
Dexter
House
Lost
Mad Men

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, CSI: NY
Ted Danson, Damages
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me
Jimmy Smits, Dexter

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brenda Blethyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Carol Burnett, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sharon Lawrence, Grey’s Anatomy
CCH Pounder, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
Project Runway
Top Chef

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi (Host) and Tom Colicchio (Co-Host), Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

REALITY SERIES
Antiques Roadshow
Dirty Jobs
Dog Whisperer
Intervention
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
MythBusters

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Will Ferrell: You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush
Ricky Gervais: Out of England
Kathy Griffin: She’ll Cut a Bitch
The Kennedy Center Honors
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger

MINISERIES
Generation Kill
Little Dorrit

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
Coco Chanel
Grey Gardens
Into The Storm
Prayers For Bobby
Taking Chance

ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances)
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellen, King Lear (Great Performances)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption

ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers For Bobby
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House Of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)
Janet McTeer, Into The Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger

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