Emmy wish list: 'Fringe,' 'True Blood' and 'Coon and Friends'
Snooping through the Emmy wish lists posted in our message boards reminds me to draft my own. Here goes:
1) TV's top-rated and most beloved comedy, "Big Bang Theory," should finally get the last laugh by being nominated for best comedy series.
2) "Friday Night Lights" wasn't on the Emmy radar for years, but then, surprisingly, Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were nominated last year, offering hope that the show might have a shot at a best-series bid as a farewell present. Call it catching a Hail Mary pass.
3) Speaking of goodbye gifts, can Steve Carell ("The Office") finally get an Emmy, please?
4) When "South Park" is good, it's a masterpiece, as proven by the trilogy of episodes grouped as "Coon and Friends" at the end of last season. It deserves to win back its crown as best animated program, which it usually wears every other season. (Frankly, it deserves an Oscar, but I'll settle for it winning another Emmy.)
5) Speaking of animated fare, it'd be so nifty if "Family Guy" sneaked back into the lineup for best comedy series like it did two years ago.
6) John Noble is the greatest thing on that terrific series "Fringe." Delightfully creepy.
7) Sexually creepy = Anna Paquin. She's aces on "True Blood," which was nominated for best drama series last year even though Paquin was snubbed in the actors lineup. Catch-up time.
8) Speaking of catch-up, Ed O'Neill was never nominated during his 11 years on "Married … With Children," and he was the only male adult star of "Modern Family" not nominated last year. Enough!
9) "Glee" star Chris Colfer was robbed last year when "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet won best supporting actor. Now, let it be Colfer's turn.
10) Everything goes in and out of favor, even Emmy favorites, but I would be quite happy if "30 Rock" rallied at the Emmys and won best comedy series again -- just like "Cheers" did late in its run.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: "South Park." Credit: Comedy Central