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This was a great year in TV. And that made it a bad year to be a good TV show. Just ask The Good Wife, a consistently terrific drama that didn't even get a spot on the 2012 Emmy ballot for outstanding drama series. Why not? Well, there were just too many other good dramas out there. In fact, when the Emmy nominations were read Thursday morning (in part by a PJ-clad Jimmy Kimmel, who'll host the Sept. 23rd ceremony), several high-quality shows and actors were pushed aside for, well, newer high-quality shows and actors. Here's who won and lost the Emmy nomination race…
The outstanding comedy series saw a similar shakeup. Sure, it wasn't too surprising to see The Office left off the list, considering the uneven season it had after Steve Carell's departure last year. But it was sad to see Parks and Recreation left out. (Leslie Knope and her charmingly weird employees were as lovable as ever.) And Glee fans, who have come to rely on Emmy love, are no doubt crying into their Slurpees. Both shows were dropped to make for new (and deserving) ones like HBO's Veep and Girls. There's no point complaining about Curb Your Enthusiasm's nod, though. That hilarious show has never failed to score a nod, and that's as it should be!
In like manner, the outstanding lead actress in a comedy series includes lots of previous nominees (like Tina Fey, Edie Falco and Melissa McCarthy), but has welcomed some new faces, too: Lena Dunham of Girls, Zooey Deschanel for New Girl and Julie Louis-Dreyfus for Veep. Frankly, none of those new additions were all that surprising -- all three women received above-average critical praise -- but it's nice to see Dunham and Louis-Dreyfus in the mix. Neither of their shows earned particularly high ratings for HBO. Their Emmy nods might help a little.
Click here to see the full list of Emmy nominations.