Genre not stiffed by the Emmy shortlist?

SF/F programs garner a surprising amount of nominations.

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I know, I know. Usually, this time of the year is reserved for a mild feeling of misanthropy, definite pessimism toward mainstream entertainment, a finger of scotch and an overwhelming sense of entitlement as science fiction and its allied genres are overlooked by the Emmy Awards. This year, though, there seems to be a bit more notice for us. Unless your show title isn’t Lost or True Blood, that is.

I’ll spare you the preamble and give you the digested nominations list.

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series

Heroes – Brave New World – NBC
Lost – Ab Aeterno – ABC
True Blood – Never Let Me Go – HBO

Outstanding Casting For A Drama Series

True Blood – HBO

Outstanding Cinematography For A One-Hour Series

FlashForward – No More Good Days – ABC

Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie

The Prisoner – Checkmate – AMC/ITV

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series

Lost – The End – ABC

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Drama Series

Lost – The End – ABC

Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction

Star Wars: Uncut – Pugh, Pruitt, Wilkinson, Pugh

Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

True Blood – Scratches – HBO

Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)

Batman: The Brave And The Bold – Warner Bros.
FlashForward – No More Good Days – ABC
Lost – The End – ABC

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

Warehouse 13 (Edward Rogers) – Syfy

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Matthew Fox (Lost) – ABC

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Sir Ian McKellen (The Prisoner) – AMC/ITV

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Terry O’Quinn (Lost) – ABC
Michael Emerson (Lost) – ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

Kathy Bates (Alice) – Syfy

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost – The End) – ABC

Outstanding Drama Series

Lost – ABC
True Blood – HBO

Outstanding Special Class Program

ABC’s Lost Presents: Mysteries Of The Universe – The Dharma Initiative – ABC

Outstanding Children’s Program

Wizards Of Waverly Place – Disney

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series

Fringe – White Tulip – Fox
Lost – The End – ABC
True Blood – Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ – HBO

Outstanding Sound Editing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Alice, Part 1 – Syfy

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series (One Hour)

Lost – The End – ABC

Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series

Caprica – There Is Another Sky – Syfy
Stargate Universe – Air – Syfy
Stargate Universe – Space – Syfy
V – Pilot – ABC

Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Ben 10: Alien Swarm – Cartoon Network
Virtuality – NBC

Outstanding Stunt Coordination

Chuck – Chuck Versus The Tic-Tac – NBC
FlashForward – No More Good Days – ABC

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse (Lost – The End) – ABC

See? Even some nominations in the so-called ‘big’ categories (by which I assume people mean most visible). Yes, the lion’s share went to a few little-known ABC and HBO programmes, but it’s nice to see a bit of recognition for The Prisoner in there. What? I thought it was good. Stargate Universe and Warehouse 13 both got a shout, of course, as did Chuck, V, Caprica, FlashForward and, shockingly, Virtuality. Take that, network executives.

What are your thoughts?