2012 Emmys: ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Veep’ among biggest surprises

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We’ve already listed the major nominations and the snubs for the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards — and now, we’re going to talk about the inclusions that still have us a little shocked. Some of them (see Max Greenfield) are welcome additions to the field; meanwhile, others (Betty White for “Reality Host”) leave us scratching our head.

The good

Mayim Bialik – Finally, a female star of “The Big Bang Theory” gets some due recognition.

Bill Hader – He’s been a strong player on “Saturday Night Live” for years, and his portrayal of Stefon may have put him over the top.

“Veep” – While we would’ve preferred “Community” or “Parks and Recreation,” the final four episodes of season 1 were among the funniest things we have seen on television all year.

Michael C. Hall – Even though season 6 of “Dexter” was far from great, at least voters saw it fair to still nominate a man who does his best with every script given to him.

“Downton Abbey” – As with “Veep,” we may not have wanted it to get as many nominations as it did … but this is an excellent show and it’s hard to argue against it getting so much love.

Jared Harris – Finally, a male supporting actor on “Mad Men” other than John Slattery gets some love. It’s lovely to see Harris included this year.

Max Greenfield – Despite “Modern Family” owning half of the supporting field, Schmidt from “New Girl” still got a little bit of love.

The bad

Kathy Bates – “Harry’s Law” was an underrated show, but Jessica Pare, Piper Perabo, or Katey Sagal would have been better choices here.

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” – We get that there have been a couple of good episodes of “Curb” in the past year. But do those really mater more than 20 great episodes of “Community” or “Parks and Recreation”? Larry David should have been left in the acting category.

Jon Cryer – Jon Cryer is great … but this season of “Two and a Half Men” was not.

Melissa McCarthy – See above, but change the show to “Mike & Molly.”

Betty White – By nominating her as a host for “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers,” the Emmys are slowly nearing their goal of nominating Betty for every category humanly possible.

What we’re torn on

Kathryn Joosten – Our brain tells us that between Eliza Coupe, Alison Brie, and Anna Chulmsky, there were many more deserving supporting actors for the comedy series category. But our heart tells us that giving the recently-deceased “Desperate Housewives” star one final bit of recognition was a nice gesture.

What are the biggest surprises to you from the awards show? Once again, you can view the full nominations over at this link.

Photo: ABC

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