Will Arnett, TV Gal's secret husband, on 'Arrested Development'

Will Arnett, TV Gal's secret husband, on 'Arrested Development'

Let me review for you my pony analogy. When I was a little girl, I wanted a pony and every Christmas I truly believed this would be the year I would walk downstairs and see Casey (yes I had named my imaginary pony) calmly hanging out in the living room eating the carrots I left out for him.

Every year, even though my parents explained that a pony wasn't in my future and that Santa Claus was on board with this decision, I thought this year would be different.

That's kind of how it is with the Emmy nominations. Every year I think this is the year things will be different. What's that saying? Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I wonder what happens when you've been fooled over 20 times. Because, once again, quite naively, I thought perhaps, just perhaps, the new voting system would make room for Lauren Graham, Kristen Bell and "Veronica Mars," and "Everybody Hates Chris."

As I've always said, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences giveth and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences taketh away.

The Good

Well, of course, I'm positively thrilled that "Arrested Development," "Scrubs" and "The Office" were nominated for best comedy. And my secret husband Will Arnett (remember you promised not to tell Amy Poehler) received a well-deserved nomination for his brilliant work on "Arrested Development." It was great to see Stockard Channing recognized for her work on "Out of Practice," a series that deserved a second season and -- memo to CBS -- is about one trillion times more hilarious than the lame sitcom "The Class" that replaces it next season. And Gregory Itzin and Jean Smart for "24," Jaime Pressly for "My Name is Earl," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," Dennis Leary for "Rescue Me," Steve Carell for "The Office" -- these are a few of my favorite things.

Also, I've got to say, "Desperate Housewives" got the comeuppance it so deserved. Finally it seems like once critically acclaimed shows can coast into nominations each year. Ditto for "The Sopranos."

The Bad

I really can't understand the shut out of "Lost," one of television's best and most innovative dramas. The only acting nomination the show received was Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond. And, yes, he was great, brother. But what about Daniel Dae Kim, Harold Perrineau, Yujin Kim or Terry O'Quinn. Dude, what a let down.

Also ,the fact that John C. McGinley of "Scrubs" and Lauren Graham of "Gilmore Girls" continue to be ignored makes me what to go on a long rant that somehow involves Hugh Jackman. And, alas, it does look like "Veronica Mars" will be ignored just like "Buffy" was. All together now -- boooooooooo.

The Downright Perplexing

This is where I was going to go on a rant about people who did not deserve nominations. An episode of "Amy Behaving Badly." But you know last night I went to the Madonna concert and I'm in a very good mood so I've decided to leave this section to your imagination. You all could probably write it for me anyway.

What did you think about the Emmy nominations? Talk about it on the TV Gal message boards.

Amy Awards Redux

As you know, when you're not happy, I'm not happy. And well, last week you were mighty cranky that I failed to give you the percentage breakdown of all the nominees. And to even further incur your wrath, somehow one category got eliminated from last week's results list. But, like that old E.F. Hutton commercial, when you talk, I listen. Once more, with feeling, here are the winners and the results of how the rest of nominees did in the 2006 Amy Awards.

Floor, Please Give Me My Jaw Back (a.k.a. Most Shocking Moment)

Michael killing Libby and Ana on "Lost" -- 48% of the vote
The first ten minutes of the fifth season of "24" -- 16%
Jim declares his love and kisses Pam on "The Office" -- 14%