What the Spock?! Fringe's Emmy Snubs Are 'Ridiculous,' Says Leonard Nimoy

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Academy voters might want to go to bed with the lights on tonight, for fear of getting a Vulcan death grip in their sleep.

In the wake of Fringe getting snubbed wholesale by this year’s Emmy Award nominations — never mind the lack of John Noble love, there’s not even a techy nod to be found — sometime guest star/forever sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy has let his feelings on the matter be known.

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“No Emmy nomination for Fringe. Ridiculous,” Nimoy opined via Twitter the afternoon after nominations were announced. “So much talent. So much hard work. So much imagination.”

Nimoy, however, says that fans of Fringe and such fare “shouldn’t be so surprised,” seeing as “Emmy has given short shrift to Star Trek” and its many small-screen incarnations “for 46 years.”

“Amazing,” he added in conclusion, his disapproving, damning tone quite palpable across the Twitterverse.

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Nimoy has appeared or been heard on Fringe on at least 10 different occasions, as the nefarious William Bell. He most recently guest-starred in Season 4′s final two episodes, and given the storyline for the Fox drama’s set-in-the-future fifth and final season — in which Belly, lore has it, played a critical role — it would seem logical that he makes at least one final encore.

Comments (50)

  • Right on! Noble’s snub in particular is ridiculous.

    Comment by Jan – July 19, 2012 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s not just ridiculous – it’s an abomination. Further proof that the Emmys value popularity over substance.

      P.S. I am also bitter about the Nick Offerman snub.

      Comment by ScrubsGuy – July 19, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Noble definitely deserved an Emmy nomination.

    Comment by Mark – July 19, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • John Noble is wonderful as Walter and I agree with you about deserving an Emmy nod. When he was in LOTR I hated him. His character was vile (until he realized what he’d done just before offing himself) and I attached that emotion to the actor – which shows how f-ing amazing he is to disappear into the role like that. When I saw he was going to be on Fringe, I was not happy because I still had that visceral feeling about him, but as Walter I adored him and though his interviews he seems a real treat to be around. Amazing actor.

      Comment by rowan77 – July 19, 2012 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s right. Noble and Torv should have gotten noms over the years. Not to mention writing noms. Whatever though.
    The Emmy’s think Mr. Carson the butler on Downton Abbey is a more memorable character than Walter Bishop .

    Comment by Michelle Lee (@SujithaBai) – July 19, 2012 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. I mean, I love “Downton” as much as the next guy, but Carson over John Noble? That’s one I will never understand.

      Comment by Elizabeth – July 19, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Carson deserves the nod, I think. I know he is the populist wtf today, but I tihnk he is probably the best acted character on the whole show. As good a character as John Bates is, I don’t think Brendan Coyle deserves the acting nod – he is the one that should make way for John Noble.

        Comment by ben – July 19, 2012 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • esp since the whole bates/anna storyline in season 2 was ridiculous. overall i thought s2 was poorer than the first, and besides Michelle D, Maggie S, and maybe Hugh B, the other noms (esp best drama) were quite reaching.

          Comment by jess – July 20, 2012 05:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m astounded that John Noble hasn’t received an Emmy nod. In playing not one, but two, incarnations of Walter Bishop he imbues what could be perceived at first glance as a straightforward ‘mad scientist’ with warmth, humour, sadness, and humanity. Fair enough, ‘Fringe’ may appear to be sci-fi of the highest quality, but its broader appeal (for me, at least) lies in the relationships between the core characters, all of whom do a sterling job, but John Noble is the glue that holds it all together. (Walter’s relationship with Astrid is particularly touching). The scene in Season 4 where Walternate reconciles with Walter was wonderfully played. Shame on you, Emmy!

    Comment by Shazza, UK – July 19, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nice to see Mr. Nimoy going public with his ire. I truly hope to see him (or hear him – or grok him in some other way, if necessary) on Fringe this season.

    Comment by Kaa – July 19, 2012 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think one more appearance might be… fewer than how many there actually are. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him play a bigger role in season 5 than he has in any of the others.

      Comment by ben – July 19, 2012 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree!

    Comment by Pamela – July 19, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Long story short, the Emmys have zero credibility now after their continual, blatant disregard of Fringe in their nominee list. They are a complete and utter mess, and quite frankly a joke.

    Comment by Suhara – July 19, 2012 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Emmys are ridiculous. The shows that are actually high-quality never get any recognition.

    Comment by polly – July 19, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agreed. Year after year popular shows keep getting the nominations instead of shows that are producing really amazing material. Just shows that the ‘academy’ (oscars included) seem to be out of touch with what actually SHOULD be nominated

      Comment by jenna – July 19, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anna Torv should have been nominated last year, and John Noble should have been nominated every year since the first season.
    The lack of Emmy love for Fringe and Community is absurd!

    Comment by Castle Lover – July 19, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At least Fringe and Community know how much their fans love them. At least they have that.

      Comment by Emily – July 19, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^ this. So much this. John noble has been stellar every year and his conversation with Walternate this year was outstanding (as was everything else he did) Anna Torv again was amazing however frankley I’m more upset about last year when she played three characters while also portraying olivias heartbreak so beautifully and subtly. Fringe deserves a nomination. End rant

      Comment by Anna – July 19, 2012 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with Mr. Nimoy. It is completely ridiculous. I just want them to get nominated once, just ONCE. Maybe next year.

    Comment by Mikaylah – July 19, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • John Noble and Anna Torv both deserve nominations, but awards like these rarely go to genre shows or movies. Not ‘worthy’ enough, for some reason. It’s a crying shame.

    Comment by nietoperz – July 19, 2012 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nimoy is the man. It is ridiculous and sad yet I don’t get why I am also mad and surprised because emmy has never shown love for sci fi or fantasy and even family shows (fringe, once upon a time, gilmore girls, buffy, etc) emmys are becoming a joke.

    Comment by Patti – July 19, 2012 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the emmy’s have been a joke for a long time now.

      Comment by murley – July 19, 2012 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully season 5 will see a nomination for not only John Noble but also Nimoy himself as a ‘guest’.

    Comment by ben – July 19, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A – it wasn’t a “Vulcan death grip.” Ever.
    B – He’s absolutely right.

    Comment by Annie – July 19, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes it was….when Kirk was “killed” by Spock in the episode when he pretended to defect to the Romulans (TOS) he said he “instinctively” used the Vulcan Death Grip when Kirk attacked.

      Comment by Pat D. – July 19, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yep. So in a way, the “threat” to Academy members is a hollow one.

        Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – July 19, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love you Leonard Nimoy! (and they’ve ignored Buffy, Psych, Star Trek, etc.) But the real award is that people still love and watch Star Trek, and no one remembers the shows that actually won the emmys.

    Comment by bobbie – July 19, 2012 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s so right! This is totally unfair!

    Comment by Melinae – July 19, 2012 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Leonard Nimoy couldn’t have expressed our “anger” in a better way despite the 140 characters limit.

    In four years, John Noble has proved to be an actor that Emmys cannot ignore. Yet, they did it again, like they always do with good quality shows and actors only because they have their favorite people. Emmy critics should just be ashamed of what they’ve just done. You cannot snub an actor like John Noble.
    You may not want to consider science-fiction for whatever reason (which is still total bulls**t to me), but there is no reason why you should overlook one of the best actors the show-business has ever had! No other actor from any other show can accomplish what John and the rest of the cast have during these unforgettable 5 years! And let’s not even talk about the creativity of the writing staff because that is just beyond our capabilities!
    I will always be proud of FRINGE and its entire cast and crew.

    Don’t worry Fringe fandom: in the Altverse both John Noble and Anna Torv won tons of awards, everybody is happy and actually likes and respects Emmys !

    Comment by Julie – July 19, 2012 03:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m grateful shows like Community and Fringe are snubbed. Any institution that would suggest garbage like ‘Girls’ is the best of anything is not a legitimate institution that can be taken seriously.

    Comment by Kyle – July 19, 2012 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He isn’t wrong. The Emmys consistently and continually ignore science fiction/fantasy shows…. unless they are on HBO or AMC. Or they are looking at technical aspects.

    There is some amazing acting and overall excellence work being done on primetime shows like Fringe, Supernatural, Firefly, etc., and Syfy shows like the Stargate franchise, BSG, Eureka and Warehouse 13. And yes, the Star Trek franchise.

    John Noble should have gotten an acting nod. Jim Beaver should have gotten a ‘best guest’ for “Death’s Door”.

    Maybe it is time we all pulled together and forced them to create a Sci-fi/Fantasy category.

    Of course, these types of shows do get the ‘last laugh’: act on a sci-fi/fantasy show and you’ll be mega-popular and making $$ at cons for the rest of your life. Act on a straightforward drama show and people while forget about you in a few years (or wondering what the frack you are doing showing up at Comic-Con, The Good Wife?).

    (And I am still angry at the Emmys for passing over Alan Tudyk (I can almost see the Emmys people going ‘ewww, not him; he’s a fantasy guy’) for his incredibly creepy role on CSI’s “Burn Out” episode. He was astounding… it is still, for me, the creepiest episode that show ever did.)

    Comment by Katy – July 19, 2012 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Again, the Emmies are boring and not worth watching.

    Comment by Ally – July 19, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I completely agree with Mr. Nimoy. Well, Fringe has one more opportunity for an Emmy. It’s really amazing that this show is getting 5 seasons. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

    Comment by Sareeta – July 19, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More proof there’s retards running the awards stuff. Besides who the hell needs a whole ceremony with long boring crap? I just want to know who’s won and who’s nominated. Long ceremonies of any kind are a complete waste of my time when there’s real work to be done. Once again I’m right.

    Comment by Nick Dillon – July 19, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That Leonard Nimoy! Always with the logic.

    There’s still one more chance for some Emmy attention for Fringe. The campaign should start NOW for NEXT year!

    Comment by TV Gord – July 19, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GOOD FOR YOU, MR NIMOY!! I hope this last season blows away everyone — and makes the Emmy elite ASHAMED for totally missing the boat. FANS of the show (and many, many CRITICS) ALREADY KNOW that this is one of the best shows on television, and certainly one of the best SCI-FI/Fantasy shows EVER!!

    Comment by John K – July 19, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well said Leonard! Maybe next year the Emmy’s will get it right and honor the show’s last season!

    Comment by Brad – July 19, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Agree totally with Mr. Nimoy, FRINGE has been ignored the whole 4 years!
    John Noble and Anna Torv showed us 3 versions of their characters the last 2 years; Nimoy did wonderful this year as Bell, especially when none of knew he was coming back and his storyline of being behind so many things.

    But they nominated Ashley Judd for her series saying it was a mini-series???
    Most of the Drama nominations went to cable shows I’ve never seen as I don’t have those channels…doesn’t cable have their own awards??

    Comment by 4thjet – July 19, 2012 06:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Fringe” frankly wasn’t that great this season, I thought. The dislocation caused by the reality-switch was interesting at first but gradually sapped the show of a lot of its vitality.

    Comment by Sean C. – July 19, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • John Noble’s acting was still astounding, regardless of what you thought of the plot. Walter and Walternate in the corridor at the Bridge right before they decided to shut it off – there was more award-worthy acting in those few minutes than most actors demonstrate in their entire careers.

      Plus, season 4 found John playing yet again a brand new version of Walter who managed to be distinctly different than the original timeline Walter and Walternate. If his brilliance wasn’t obvious before, this season should have been the one to drive it home.

      Comment by Brooke – July 19, 2012 08:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I stopped watching all awards shows after Jethro Tull beat Metallica (who didn’t suck yet) for the Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989 (1st time the Grammy’s had this category). I have nothing against Jethro Tull, but they’re not “Hard Rock/Metal” at all. IMO, all awards shows are a sham. Fringe getting shunned just continues to validate what I’ve known for 23 years.

    Comment by John – July 20, 2012 12:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Using the Vulcan Death Grip on someone that’s sleeping is completely redundant, since all it really does is knock people out.

    Comment by loopychew – July 20, 2012 12:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s gutting but not wholly surprising, like Nimoy says. The Emmys never paid any attention to shows like BSG and Buffy in the big acting categories either. And if Edward James Olmos or Mary McDonnell can’t scare up a nomination I don’t know who can. I’m just happy at this point Fox decided to renew the show for a final season, rather than leave us all hanging. Taking the victories where I can get them!

    Comment by Dizzle – July 20, 2012 04:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The correct decisions were made. I am glad there are people that have the guts to put Fringe in its place, out of the Emmy nominations list.

    Comment by jj – July 20, 2012 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’ve obviously never watched Fringe or you wouldn’t say that.

      Comment by DD – July 21, 2012 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not surprised either. It’s a popularity contest. Substance has nothing to do with the choices. If they did then it defiantly would have been chosen. Fringe has some of the best acting I have ever seen in a science fiction show.

    Comment by Michael Coyle – July 21, 2012 10:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you Mr. Nimoy, you are a treasure to both sci-fi, as a genre,
    and acting, as a profession. I get the feeling that the people who
    nominate these shows don’t actually watch them. They just place a check
    mark next to the names that won the year before. Both Mr. Noble and
    Ms. Torv deserve better than the Emmys, but they have the admiration of
    their millions of fans around the world. Bravo to the Fringe cast, crew
    and writers for their brilliance these 4 years.

    Comment by R. A. Cruz – August 21, 2012 09:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • True comments from Mr. Nimoy no doubt and also ironic. Nimoy was nominated three times by Emmy voters for his iconic portrayal of Mr. Spock. What are Emmy voters missing out on today? Nimoy would never have nominated today for the same role. Genre bias anyone?

    Comment by Dunkirk Street – October 7, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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