2014 Emmys: Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany leads snubs

Tatiana Maslany in

Tatiana Maslany in "Orphan Black."

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

Emmy Award voters must have broken their clickers.

Had they been able to change the channel every once in a while, they might have run across a Canadian actress named Tatiana Maslany and a show called Orphan Black.

When the 2014 Emmy Award nominations were announced Thursday morning, Maslany was snubbed for the second year in a row. Apparently all the complaining from the media when Maslany didn't get nominated last year didn't do any good.

Maslany, who plays multiple clones in the Toronto-shot Orphan Black, obviously deserves to stand alongside the other 2014 Emmy nominees, who are Lizzy Caplan of Masters of Sex, Claire Danes of Homeland, Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey, Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife, Kerry Washington of Scandal and Robin Wright of House of Cards.

Now, personally I'm thrilled that newcomer Caplan got nominated. Like Maslany, Caplan deserved it, so I wouldn't have wanted a nomination for Maslany to come at the expense of a nomination for Caplan, or vice versa. But looking at that list, did Danes or Dockery have particularly compelling years on their respective series? I'm certainly not criticizing their performances in any way, I'm just saying there might have been a little more wiggle room here.

Jokes about broken clickers aside, maybe this actually is a U.S. channel problem.

In Canada, Orphan Black airs on Space, which has a far higher profile in our country, comparatively speaking, than Orphan Black's U.S. network, BBC America, does in the States.

And it also must be noted that Maslany's category – lead actress in a drama – was particularly competitive this year. Keri Russell of The Americans and Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men didn't make the cut, either.

Still, this sucks, Canada.

On Wednesday Orphan Black was renewed for a third season, so Maslany will get another chance. But what does a girl have to do?

Let's get a posse of Maslany's clones together and start knocking on Emmy voters' doors.

OTHER SNUBS

Besides Maslany, Russell and Moss, there was a notable omission for lead actor in a drama, with James Spader of The Blacklist not getting a nomination. He was supplanted by Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels of The Newsroom, Jon Hamm of Mad Men, Woody Harrelson of True Detective, Matthew McConaughey of True Detective and Kevin Spacey of House of Cards. For my money, Daniels out, Spader in.

Many fans were upset that The Good Wife didn't get a nomination for best drama series after a fifth season in which it managed to shock viewers. The nods went to Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men and True Detective.

Also, Scandal's Bellamy Young was bypassed for supporting actress in a drama, in favour of Anna Gunn of Breaking Bad, Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey, Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, Lena Headey of Game of Thrones, Christine Baranski of The Good Wife and Christina Hendricks of Mad Men.

And on another personal note, I really thought Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah on Veep, deserved a nomination for supporting actor in a comedy. Yes, Simons' co-star Tony Hale, who plays Gary, was worthy of his nomination, alongside Andre Braugher of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Adam Driver of Girls, Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family, Ty Burrell of Modern Family and Fred Armisen of Portlandia. But Simons' character drives a lot of the comedy on Veep, which is the funniest show on TV.

SAY WHAT?

For me the biggest surprise in terms of inclusion was that Silicon Valley was among the nominees for best comedy series. That category also rewarded online sensation Orange is the New Black with a nomination, which is notable and well-earned, but just not as much of a shock as Silicon Valley. I have nothing against Silicon Valley, which will go up against fellow nominees The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Modern Family, Veep and the aforementioned Orange is the New Black. But Silicon Valley's eight-episode first season started way stronger than it ended. Hey, I'm happy with the new blood, I'm just wasn't expecting Silicon Valley to be the donor.

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