One cannot have an Emmy Awards telecast – or any awards telecast – without some major winners and major losers. Now, imagine a ceremony where we take some time to honour those who sadly go home with nothing? And have, perhaps, had to do that numerous times?
Well, fortunately (or unfortunately?), this year's show featured a sketch honouring just those losers, called "No Emmy Support Group" and involving exactly that. The session in the sketch was led by host Cedric the Entertainer, and featured group members and frequent failures Scott Bakula, Zooey Deschanel, Alyson Hannigan, Dr. Phil, Fred Savage and Jason Alexander.
Each mourned their lack of wins, with Deschanel putting it simply: "Where is my f--king Emmy?!" Indeed. Let's break down their losses, shall we?
Best known for his work on beloved sitcom Seinfeld, which seems to have an eternal lasting power, Jason Alexander was a whole thing in the '90s. To the point that he scored a whopping eight Emmy nominations, seven of them for the sitcom for every season from 1992 to 1998, and for guest-starring on the series Dream On in 1990. He, um, didn't win a single one of those awards, so let's consider his bitterness very much warranted. The man's been through it!
If you were ever a Buffy fan – and it's not too late – then you know it doesn't get more endearing or funny than Alyson Hannigan. She was on the popular teen vampire series from 1997 to 2003, and had a massively devoted fanbase. Hannigan won those fans over yet again from 2005 to 2014 when she joined sitcom How I Met Your Mother and, again, was always rumoured to be up for Emmy contention. However, she was never once nominated. So, really, Alexander should suck it up.
The subject of many boomer fantasies, Scott Bakula was a bit of an "It Man", shall we say, in his heyday. Particularly for the sci-fi series Quantum Leap, which he scored four Emmy noms for, from 1990 to 1993. A television veteran, Bakula sure put the time in, also appearing on Designing Women, Eisenhower & Lutz, Murphy Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Star Trek: Enterprise, Chuck, Men of a Certain Age, Desperate Housewives, Looking, and NCIS. Now, let's take a breath!
More recently, Bakula was nominated for his appearing in the miniseries Behind the Candelabra, and, yet again, he did not win. But hey, the man's been on NCIS: New Orleans for the past seven years, so maybe that'll do it? Yeah, probably not.
If you have any kind of sense of humour and taste then you're a fan of New Girl, which aired on Fox from 2011 to 2018 for seven hilarious seasons – seriously. Leading the way all that time was the charming Zooey Deschanel, whose performance was always touted as being a frontrunner, but which only ever scored her one Emmy nomination in 2012 for its premiere season. Did she win? Nope.
Love him or hate him – Phil McGraw has dominated daytime television for years with his show Dr. Phil, which has "helped" various people over the years. The show debuted in 2002 and is still running. It was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award every year from 2004 until 2019 – imagine that. Has it ever won? No.
He did, however, manage to get away with a joint Daytime Emmy win in 2010 for co-producing The Doctors. But, like they said in the sketch, does that even count?
Oh, Fred Savage! The child star of Princess Bride, The Wonder Years, and, later, The Grinder, Friends From College, and director of so many of the shows we love, Fred Savage has sort of been around forever. Still, he's only ever been nominated for two Emmys, for The Wonder Years, in 1989 and 1990. Let's hope he hangs in there for another few decades.
[video_embed id='2270089']Michaela Coel Emmy acceptance clip [/video_embed]