Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press demonstrates to the rest of the world (or to the people who care) how little they actually know about television. This is great, because I am convinced that only about 12% of them have ever seen a show from the past year. But they sure can google them and find out who is involved, and then make an educated guess.
So let's go through the nominations.
This past year, 2012, may have represented one of the greatest year of television creativity, possibly since the dawn of man. Although many of those early caveman creations didn't survive, I still can't imagine they would make a run at 2012 as a top year. "Breaking Bad" is now entering the discussion with "The Wire" and "The Sopranos" as the best show of all time, and it may have inched ahead of "The Sopranos." "Boardwalk Empire" just completed an outstanding third season which many had written off before it had even aired because it had killed off its most compelling character at the end of season 2.
And that's where the good nominations end.
If this list had been released 5 weeks ago, no one would have said a thing about "Homeland," which was doing just great; plot was compelling, acting was above par, and everything about the show was clicking. Then the CIA let Brody, a known terrorist (at least to them), wander through the Vice President's house alone and VIDEO CHAT WITH THE NUMBER ONE TERRORIST IN THE WORLD (not the number 2 terrorist, though. Vladikov would not stand for that.) and then text him later. Meanwhile, no one knows this is happening. And then Abu Nazir hung out in an abandoned mill, knowing full well that people knew he was there. So they killed him in one of the most anti-climactic terrorist killings of all time.
"The Newsroom" borders on the absurd, and I can't imagine even the people who love the show believe that it is one of the 5 best shows on tv. But it has Aaron Sorkin as the showrunner and stars Jeff Daniels. And was once Dumb. Or Dumber.
I have never seen an episode of "Downton Abbey," but that's because it doesn't look very good. So I could say it shouldn't be nominated and still probably be right, I just don't have anything to back it up.
The list of shows that gets snubbed is the real crime here. "Mad Men" has never dipped in quality, even in a dark season like this past one. "Justified" will never get its due (no pun intended, even though that clearly works) and its small audience will consider themselves lucky to be blessed by Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. But the real victim here is "Game of Thrones," which gets ignored for unknown reasons, but probably having to do with me endangering people's souls. You just can't have that.
“The Big Bang Theory”
This list is so bad it's laughable. "The Big Bang Theory" is the highest rated show on television, so we're going to go with the fallacious conclusion that if it's popular, it must be good. "Episodes" stars Joey Tribiani, so that must be good, too. No one even watches "Smash," but something has to replace "Glee" as the overhyped musical show that is terrible on the list. "Girls" tried to be the new "Sex and the City" but ended up trying to be too smart for its own good, and alienated a lot of people.
So let's just ignore "New Girl," "Parks and Recreation," "Community," and everything else out there in favor of more mediocre television.
But really, let's just be thankful that "Whitney" didn't get nominated.
And before we finish up, let's hold a small candlelight vigil for the great characters on television who don't have a nomination to warm themselves by the fire:
Troy and Abed. Tyrion Lannister. Boyd Crowder. Nick Miller. Jesse Pinkman. Richard Harrell.