At Emmys, No Kind Farewell For ‘Good Wife,’ ‘Idol’

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be no nostalgic wave goodbye at the Emmy Awards for “The Good Wife” and “American Idol.”

Many critics considered CBS’ “The Good Wife” to be broadcast television’s top drama before its series finale this past spring. But the show wasn’t nominated for a best drama Emmy and, perhaps more surprisingly, star Julianna Margulies was also snubbed.

Margulies had won the best actress Emmy in 2014 and 2011 for her role as Alicia Florrick, and was nominated in 2012 and 2010.

“American Idol” dominated television in the 2000s before drawing the curtain this year. It wasn’t nominated for top reality series, but host Ryan Seacrest got an Emmy nod for best host.

Generally, the Emmys didn’t stray very far from conventional wisdom for its picks. Each of the top choices on, a website where experts post odds on awards show nominations and wins, received nominations in the categories of best comedy and drama.

The Showtime legal drama “Billions” received critical attention but wasn’t a best drama nominee. Its two stars, Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, were shut out of acting nominations. Rachel Bloom won a Golden Globe last winter for starring in the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but she won’t need to worry about an acceptance speech at the Emmys. And “Orange is the New Black,” a four-time nominee in 2015, saw only one nomination this year, for outstanding casting.


While Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night shows received nominations, Stephen Colbert came up empty for its troubled first year at CBS. TBS’ Samantha Bee didn’t translate her critical plaudits to a nomination.

It can’t be considered a surprise, given Emmy history, but “The Walking Dead” – television’s most popular series among young people – was shut out of major awards. Its two nominations were for prosthetic makeup and visual effects.

Television’s most-watched network, CBS, was shut out of major awards with the exception of Allison Janney’s supporting actress nod for the comedy “Mom.” Besides Margulies, Jim Parsons of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was snubbed as a best actor nominee.

Jane Krakowski of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was overlooked for a best supporting actress nomination.

Laurie Metcalf’s best actress nomination for the HBO comedy “Getting On” was a mild surprise, and she beat out big names like Melissa McCarthy, Jane Fonda and Ana Faris of “Mom.”

Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe and was considered a potential nominee for her role in the limited series “American Horror Story: Hotel,” but she’ll have to settle for competing for Grammys.

“Modern Family” was nominated for best comedy – no surprise since it won the award for five straight years. But Ty Burrell was the only actor to be recognized, perhaps an indication that things are winding down for ABC’s juggernaut.

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