The nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced this morning. This year the TV gods smiled upon Tina Fey the same way we do when we wake up and see her picture on our bedside table every morning; 30 Rock racked up a record 22 nominations. Here’s the full list of nominees.
While we’re happy for all of the women who are nominated, it’s no secret that awards shows like the Emmys and Oscars are growing more bloated and more boring every year. We’re excited Neil Patrick Harris is going to host the Emmys this time around, but we’ve had an additionally awesome idea about how to liven things up even more: How about some new Emmy categories?
Sure, Best Actress and Best Drama are OK, but we’re not really sure we understand the voting criteria. How about a category that celebrates brilliant actresses whose shows got a though break? Or actresses who continued to put their hearts in it while their shows were sinking around them? Or, you know, how about just giving a trophy to a woman who looks good wielding a gun?
Are you with us? (Of course you are.) Check out our list of fantasy Emmy categories and nominations below.
The "Outstanding Lead Actress In Jeans" Emmy
Wanda Sykes, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Emily Deschanel, Bones
Lena Headey, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
The "Guest Star Who Should Take The Place of An Actual Star" Emmy
Amy Ryan, The Office
Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl
Jennifer Beals, Lie to Me
Jordana Brewster, Chuck
The "Best Supporting Weapon" Emmy
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVU
Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost
Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck
Eliza Dushku, Dollhouse
The "Outstanding Titanic Captain" Emmy
Jennifer Beals, The L Word
Chandra Wilson, Grey’s Anatomy
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty
Hayden Panettiere, Heroes
The "Here’s An Honorary Emmy, Now Come Back To Our TV" Emmy
The "TV Doctor We’d Trust to Save Our Life" Emmy
Parminder Nagra, ER
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy
Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy
Kate Walsh, Private Practice
The "Best Line Of The Season" Emmy
"Dammit, Meredith! Where are your panties?!" — Kelly Kapoor (Mindy Kaling), The Office
"Oh, well whatever that just was, it’s a deal breaker, because this guy’s making you talk like a crazy person. You have sexually transmitted crazy mouth. Deal breaker!" — Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), 30 Rock
"If you cut revenge out of the Bible, there’s not even enough pages to make a pamphlet." — Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Gossip Girl
"You are glasses. I am so gay. I am so, so, so gay. I am extremely gay!" — Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith), Grey’s Anatomy
The "Sorry Your Freshman Show Got Canceled, But We Still Love You" Emmy
Sarah Paulson, Cupid
Amber Tamblyn, Unusuals
Regina King, Southland(Sorry, Regina King. Just found out Southland will be back. We do love you, though.)
Molly Shannon, Kath and Kim
Sound off with your votes in the comments. And let us know who we overlooked.