Critics predict Emmy nods for "Good Wife", "Glee"
By Randee Dawn
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - General cynicism about the medium seems to be a job qualification for being a television critic. But this year there has been a sea change of sorts. Contacted for The Hollywood Reporter's annual Emmy survey, they were less critical, heaping praise on a wide swatch of contenders. Here are wish lists in the major categories.
Maureen Ryan (Chicago Tribune): "'Lost' (ABC) hasn't been perfect, but it has been an incredible ride, and the show should be recognized for that ride. It may not always get it right, but it's always trying. 'Sons of Anarchy' (FX), for some reason, is not on awards radars, and it should be. It is a jaw-droppingly excellent show, and has kept me on the edge of my seat while it fires on all cylinders."
Neal Justin (The Minneapolis Star-Tribune): "It would be nice to see (HBO's) 'Treme' on the list, but it may be too complex for Emmy -- though that won't stop them from honoring the ever-confusing 'Lost.' 'Mad Men' (AMC) will also make for strong contention, but will 'Damages' (FX) make the cut? Don't bet on it."
Tom Gliatto (People magazine): "In what medium would 'The Good Wife' (CBS) not be nominated? If televisions were toasters, I guess. The first season was an exemplary piece of both craftsmanship and design. Also, 'Breaking Bad' (AMC) is a weekly exercise in excruciating discomfort, and 'Dexter's' (Showtime) 12-week season played as taut and unforgiving as a Jim Thompson novel."
Matthew Gilbert (The Boston Globe): "'The Good Wife' has been surprisingly good for a legal procedural. The cases of the week are strikingly timely and engaging, and the ongoing story lines are expertly managed. 'Treme' may be too graceful and tragic and humane for Emmy voters. I hope not."
John Griffiths (US Weekly): "I'm a sucker for tales about the pendulum of good and evil, and while it's my belief that the 'Lost' writers overestimated the show's -- and their own -- genius, they deserve endless good vibes for shooting for the moon in a medium that normally shoots for Irvine."
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