2011 Emmy Awards: Who Was Snubbed?

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Nominations for the 2011 Emmy Awards were announced this morning, and there's excitement over surprising, deserving selections such as both leads from Friday Night Lights.

As usual, though, there's far more noise being made over who was NOT included. It's fruitless for us to complain about certain shows and stars because, let's face it, the Emmys are mostly a mainstream event. It will simply never recognize certain genres or networks. Best possible case in point: The Wire was never nominated in a single major category.

So we aren't campaigning below for The Vampire Diaries or Sons of Anarchy. Why waste the font? But there are changes we'd make among programs that we'd expect to be under consideration. See if you agree and remember: you can't add a snubbed star without saying who you'd replace...

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We share your confused, angry looks, Joel and Toni.

Category: Outstanding Drama
In: Justified
Out: Dexter
Dexter aired arguably its weakest season, while I wouldn't simply include Justified in this category, I'd considered it a possibility to win. Amazing work all around by nominees Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and Margo Martindale.

Category: Outstanding Actress in a Drama
In: Anna Torv
Out: Kathy Bates
Of course Bates can act. But shouldn't the quality of the drama play some role here? Sorry, Harry's Law. Torv, conversely, stood out on Fringe's most suspenseful season to date.

Category: Outstanding Actress in a Comedy
In: Toni Collette
Out: Melissa McCarthy
I loved McCarthy's reaction when co-nomations presenter Joshua Jackson said her name this morning. But can anyone say with a straight face that she deserves this spot over Collette's portrayal on United States of Tara? Stealing scenes in Bridemaids, and being hilarious in this video, just make McCarthy buzz-worthy, not more talented.

Category: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
In: Nick Offerman
Out: Chris Colfer
Colfer is more dramatic than comedic. Offerman? Come on.

Category: Outstanding Actor in a Comedy
In: Joel McHale
Out: Johnny Galecki
Let me say up front that I hope Steve Carell wins because his departure from The Office opened Michael Scott to previously unseen layers. This is no slight against Galecki. I just adore McHale and Community, which brings me to...

Category: Outstanding Comedy
In: Community
Out: Glee
It was a weak second season from Glee. Even the most loyal fans agree with that. And it's just sad when a show that takes as many risks as Community does on a weekly basis, while still delivering the laughs, isn't appreciated by those supposedly in the know.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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