Sons of Anarchy Creator on Emmy Voters: They're Lazy Sheep!

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Soon after yesterday's announcement of the 2010 Emmy Award nominees, the usual critical backlash has followed.

While we were thrilled over surprising, well-deserved nominations for stars such as Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton from Friday Night Lights, there were plenty of snubs to go around. None more glaring than the omission of Katey Sagal in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Drama.

Her portrayal of Gemma on last season of Sons of Anarchy was as powerful as anything on television.

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Kurt Sutter certainly agrees with that. The series creator (and Sagal's husband) lashed out at Emmy voters in his most recent blog entry, taking subtle shots at Glee and Mad Men along the way. He wrote:

We are the dirty-faced outlaws who no one wants in their clean white town.  We are too loud, too violent, too brash.  We don't sing, have pretty sets, or wear retro suits.  They admire us from afar, wish they could do what we do, then they pull the shades and settle for the familiar and safe.  They are lazy sheep.

Sutter went on to say something not very nice about Mariska Hargitay, or at least about the fact that she was nominated over Sagal.

What's our take? There's no doubt that Sons of Anarchy is one of the best shows on TV and Sagal shouldn't just be up for this award - she should win it in a landslide.

It's clear Emmy voters don't typically reward the top performances, they just choose what's safest.

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Sons of Anarchy needs to do longer seasons, by the time its premiers its over, too much of a break ( similar boutique shows like Rescue Me all have the best actors/actresses)


AGREE 100 percent!!!! The Emmys are a joke!!!!!!!!!! Katey was AMAZING and deserved it! Law and order?! PLZZZ at least SOA is creative!!!


Well said Clecio! Get over yourselves. Mariska is the best actress on prime time and deserves every award and nomination she gets. The others fail in comparison to her!


Every year the same thing. The excluded scream and yell. Mariska is a great actress and deserves a nomination. The rest is spite.

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Something happens at around 92 miles an hour - thunder-headers drown out all sound, engine vibrations travels at a heart's rate, field of vision funnels into the immediate and suddenly you're not on the road, you're in it. A part of it. Traffic, scenery, cops - just cardboard cutouts blowing over as you past. Sometimes I forget the rush of that. That's why I love these long runs. All your problems, all the noise, gone. Nothing else to worry about except what's right in front of you. Maybe that's the lesson for me today, to hold on to these simple moments. Appreciate them a little more - there's not many of them left. I don't ever want that for you. Finding things that make you happy shouldn't be so hard. I know you'll face pain, suffering, hard choices, but you can't let the weight of it choke the joy out of your life. No matter what, you have to find the things that love you. Run to them. There's an old saying, 'That what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger' I don't believe that. I think the things that try to kill you make you angry and sad. Strength comes from the good things - your family, your friends, the satisfaction of hard work. Those are the things that'll keep you whole. Those are the things to hold on to when you're broken.


We don't know who we are until we're connected to someone else. We're just better human beings when with the person we're supposed to be with. I wasn't supposed to leave...I belong here.