There were plenty of Emmy nomination snubs earlier this summer, and it got us thinking about all the other TV greats who have been overlooked time and time again. Some of them have been nominated on several occasions without winning, while others have simply never been recognized in the slightest. Here’s hoping the bozos who make these decisions read this and give some love to the actors who have never won Emmys but certainly deserve one. You know, the Jon Hamm treatment.
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family & Married… with Children
Between his role as the misogynist Al Bundy on “Married… with Children” and head of the household Jay Pritchett on “Modern Family,” you’d think Ed O’Neill would be swimming in Emmy trophies. But his shelf is actually quite barren. He has won a few Screen Actors Guild Awards, but none of his Emmy or Golden Globe nominations have panned out.
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
A beautiful, talented actress on a show purely about sex can’t win an Emmy? What’s wrong with this picture? Lizzy Caplan was nominated in 2014 for her portrayal of Virginia Johnson on the Showtime series “Masters of Sex,” but nothing else.
Steve Carell, The Office
Captain of a classic comedy ship known as “The Office,” Steve Carell managed to end his run without a single Emmy award to his name. The first of the popular American mockumentaries, this series rose and set with Carell, yet he never got proper recognition for his work despite being directly responsible for the show’s success.
Noel Fisher, Shameless
Probably the biggest snub in the male drama field goes to the role of Mickey Milkovich on Showtime’s “Shameless.” Noel Fisher plays a hard-ass homosexual who slowly grows more compassionate with each season, yet he’s without a single nomination.
Emmy Rossum, Shameless
The entire cast of “Shameless” is Emmy worthy, from the veteran William H. Macy to the modern day James Dean, Jeremy Allen White. But the fact that the show’s real centerpiece has gone five seasons without an Emmy is beyond understandable. The winner of many awards and nominations over the last 15 years in both acting and musical performance, Emmy Rossum is yet to get her due for the role of Fiona Gallagher.
Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld
He may not be the greatest actor, but Jerry Seinfeld sold us more laughs than any comedian in his day. Despite a handful of nominations and the series winning Outstanding Comedy in the past, Seinfeld still went without an Emmy for himself. His costar Jason Alexander also never got his Emmy due for his classic supporting role as the dysfunctional George Costanza. Maybe these “Seinfeld” quotes will make you feel better.
Andrew Lincoln, The Walking Dead
Having won a number of awards for his theatrical and television performances, Andrew Lincoln has also been highlighted for a number of nominations for his role as Rick on the AMC zombie drama — should we coin “zomba” or “drambie?” — without a single Emmy nomination. Well, if Jon Hamm can finally get his like we mentioned, maybe so can Lincoln. With “Fear the Walking Dead” just starting, we think he’s got time.
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy
In the one role he was built to play, Charlie Hunnam went from kindhearted VP of his motorcycle club to the area’s most dangerous outlaw. The character development — albeit some cheesy dialogue and slips of the accent — was impressive across a seven season arc, ending with some strong final performances, for which the show earned some of its highest ratings. Yet, despite his large female fan base and those numbers, Hunnam left television Emmy-less before moving back into film.
Joel Kinnaman, The Killing
Nominated for a Saturn Award for his supporting role on the AMC-turned-Netflix detective drama “The Killing,” Kinnaman is still without an Emmy nomination. He won’t have one for some time, either, as his TV film is on hold while he devotes his time to movies like next year’s “Suicide Squad.” He’ll be playing the role of Rick Flag.
Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs
One of the funniest women currently on TV, starring on one of its funniest underrated shows, Wendi McLendon-Covey is without an Emmy nom for her role as the overbearing, semi-sociopathic Mrs. Goldberg. The comedy is now in its third season, mind you.
Dominic West, The Affair
Former big name on “The Wire,” Dominic West has become the lead on Showtime’s other sexual takeover “The Affair,” though he’s without an Emmy for either show thus far. Ruth Wilson, however, was nominated for her role in the show’s first season. At times it’s hard to tell if West is a bad actor, or if that means he’s just that good. Season Two is set to be one of the best returning fall shows, so be sure to check out.
Michael C. Hall, Dexter & Six Feet Under
With more than a handful of nominations between playing a homosexual funeral embalmer on one show and the guy killing folks on another, Michael C. Hall won only a Golden Globe in 2010 for “Dexter” when it was in its prime. Emmys, however, have eluded him throughout his acting career. Then again, maybe that atrocious Dexter finale letdown erased any hope of him ever getting one.
12 ACTORS WHO’VE NEVER WON AN EMMY BUT SHOULD HAVE