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Emmy nominations snub much-favored contenders

Actors Chandler Riggs (left) and Andrew Lincoln pose for a promotional shot for “The Walking Dead.” (AMC)
Actors Chandler Riggs (left) and Andrew Lincoln pose for a promotional shot for “The Walking Dead.” (AMC)
NEW YORK (AP) ― That cliche about awards says it’s an honor just to be nominated. But what about all the worthies Emmy overlooks each year? Are they being dishonored by Emmy’s neglect?

It was a question raised by Emmy’s latest round of snubs as this year’s nominees were announced Thursday.

HBO’s magnificent “Treme”? Jilted yet again.

Same for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and HBO’s “True Blood.” They just seem to freak out Emmy judges.

Showtime’s “Dexter” was shut out, too, with no Emmy love lost on Michael C. Hall (a past best-actor nominee five years in a row) or for Jennifer Carpenter, who, as Dexter’s foul-mouthed sister, has never been nominated for one of TV’s most vivid portrayals.

Anyone who saw Tatiana Maslany in BBC America’s “Orphan Black” was floored by her multiple roles as identical women who were revealed to be clones. But Emmy shut its eyes to a salute for her.

FX’s motorcycle drama “Sons of Anarchy” continues to get Emmy’s cold shoulder, despite riveting performances from an impressive gang of actors (including Katey Sagal, who won a 2011 Golden Globe for her role as the motorcycle club’s firey matriarch but, in her long career, has never snagged an Emmy nomination).

And what about “The Americans,” FX’s splendid Cold War-era thriller? Sure, it scored a guest-actress nod for Margo Martindale. But how to explain zero recognition for terrific performances by stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (not to mention the sly supporting-actor turn by Noah Emmerich)?
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