For William Shatner, scoring an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama has become an annual occurrence as predictable as geese heading south for the winter, Will Smith opening at No. 1 on July 4th weekend, and drug stores displaying Christmas merchandise at increasingly ungodly dates. (I kid you not: I saw a rack of hideous, holiday-themed plush toys at my local Duane Reade this morning. Rated Argh!)
But I’ve got exciting news for those of you who’ve ever been frustrated by the way the Emmys reward the same old nominees year after year after blasted, stinkin’ year: Shatner and his Boston Legal cohorts all got snubbed in the first annual EWwy Awards, EW.com’s brand new TV awards recognizing the great shows and performers who, for whatever reason, can’t seem to get any love from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
We chose four nominees in every category from your passionate rants on our PopWatch message boards, then EW TV critics Gillian Flynn and Ken Tucker rounded out each list with a fifth “critics’ choice” selection.Click here to vote for the EWwys in five drama divisions — the battle for best series is super-close; Battlestar Galactica, Bones, Friday Night Lights, and The Wire are all within reach of the coveted Golden Ewe trophy — then come back to EW.com tomorrow when we’ll reveal the nominees in five comedy races. The EWwy polls close Sept. 17, and every vote counts — even Mr. Shatner’s.
Also, a note to the Emmy-obsessed: If you haven’t already, check out EW.com’s Emmy Headquarters, where you’ll find the complete list of this year’s major nominees, our hella fun Emmy predictions game (in which you can challenge our own Scoop Doggy Dogg Michael Ausiello for prognostication supremacy), and even a gallery of the best and worst moments from last year’s Emmy telecast! Enjoy!