One of the ATAS veeps said this about the screenings:
Candidates from all but one of the networks you cited ("This year it's crucial for everyone to know if FX, UPN, WB, TNT, USA, SciFi and Showtime got a fair shot at having their programs screened by the judging panels, which, as you and I know, do an excellent and honest job picking what they think is best.") were screened at the Blue Ribbon Panels. Of the 11 categories screened, they are represented - in the majority of them with multiple candidates - in 8 categories, i.e., 75% of the winners in these 8 categories could be from the networks (except one) that you cited.
We already know that Showtime and FX were finalists in the Best Series categories. Rumor is that Lauren Graham (WB), Tony Shalhoub (USA), and Tichina Arnold (UPN) made the Comedy finalists. Kyra Sedgwick (TNT) is near-certain for Drama. So that leaves SciFi as the "snubbed" network. Or maybe not. Tom O'Neil -- the Emmys "expert" who writes for the LA Times -- also says that the Academy held screenings for technical awards this weekend, and BSG is near-certain for Special Effects. So, if the ATAS guy was including that in the above paragraph, everything's up in the air. But I suspect he meant only the Acting and Series categories.
So, I'm betting this means that McDonnell and Olmos were not finalists in the Drama Acting categories. Not a surprise, given that BSG was always a longshot (despite the huge campaign and critical acclaim and how they totally deserve to at least be finalists. Grr!) Being snubbed isn't the worst thing in the world; just look at the recent history of outstanding shows -- BTVS, The Wire, VM, AtS, Gilmore Girls -- that never got their due. And I've always been realistic about its chances. I'm just sad that it won't be happening this year.
The other possibility is that Tichina Arnold wasn't actually a finalist; her name was on an unverified -but plausible- list. If so, I'd be surprised, because she did a great job and her category (Comedy Actress) is weak, with only maybe 7-8 "sure things". If she isn't a finalist, then that means either UPN or SciFi was the "snubbed" network. And even if she is, it also means that Kristen Bell could've made the list of the top 15 finalists for Drama Actress. Yay! She's certainly more likely a candidate than McDonnell -- in a perfect world, BOTH of them would've made the list, but the Emmys are FAR from perfect. Alas.
While I'm at it, the "Blue Ribbon Panel" is a step in the right direction, but what I'd really love is a new rule stating that only ONE actor/actress from a show can be nominated in the acting categories. Very tough for ensemble casts, but I fear we'll see multiple nominations for shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and The Sopranos, to the exclusion of other deserving actors (even if I don't like their shows!) I'm all for diversity, and I'm always frustrated when one show dominates an acting category. Such is life, yeah, but it still sucks.
Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers for Kristen Bell (and the supporting cast, though those categories are insanely competitive.) And hey, very little is certain right now -- we still don't have confirmation of the last two Drama finalists, and we know nothing about the Drama Acting finalists.
Gee, have I mentioned lately how obsessed I am with the Emmys? ;)
Whew. Okay. Enough of that -- at least, for the time being! I should get back to packing while I watch Rescue Me; I've decided that I'll ignore the Tommy stuff and just keep watching for my beloved Sean Garrity. Speaking... I've decided that I would kill to see Katee Sackhoff and Steven Pasquale in a scene together. Eye candy, sure, but also potentially hilarious. Or her and John Barrowman. Hell, the three of them together. Oooh.
Also, I thought I'd play with the meme floating around today:
Ask me for a fandom-related "top five list". If possible, stick to the shows y'all have seen me talking about recently, because my memory's fickle and I'm not so good with previous fandoms. ;) I'll try to reply when I take a break from packing!