Emmy Nominees Flummoxed by Snub of Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman

Does Nick Offerman’s Emmy snub have you staring at Ron Swanson’s Pyramid of Greatness and wondering what went wrong — especially since the third season of NBC’s buzzed-about Parks and Recreation picked up nods in the Best Comedy Series and Lead Actress in a Comedy (for Amy Poehler) categories? Well, take heart in the knowledge that you are not alone with your dark feelings.

“I’m terribly sad about Nick Offerman. I’m quite confused by that [snub],” Michelle Forbes, nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her work in AMC’s The Killing, told TVLine about a Supporting Comedy Actor race that involves four men from Modern Family (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet, and Ty Burrell), and one each from Two and a Half Men (Jon Cryer) and Glee (Chris Colfer).

Offerman’s nominated costar, Poehler, was even more blunt in her conversation with us: “It’s total bull shiz that Nick didn’t get recognized, but I fully expect that to be happening next season. Ron Swanson would be proud of the show getting a nod and wouldn’t want the attention. But I’ll say what Nick Offerman can’t and wouldn’t say, which is that he’s the best in the biz, and I don’t quite understand why we don’t see his name there. [But] I’m happy we’ll all be there [for the show’s nod].”

Parks and Rec showrunner Mike Schur was similarly vexed. “The first thing I saw was that the show had been nominated, which was amazing. And then the next piece of information I got was that [Offerman] hadn’t been,” Schur said. “It’s a very strong category. There are many, many deserving people. I just personally feel like nobody gave a better performance on TV last year in that category, and maybe any category. So it really bummed me out. He’s kind of our cast MVP, and in many ways our cast leader, and I just think that he’s very special and I hope someday the community agrees with me.”

Perhaps, but first, the community in question will have to stop sustaining itself on a diet of skim milk and fish meat. And if you don’t know what the heck that last sentence means — or even if you do — check out the clip of Offerman as Swanson below. And for all of TVLine’s Emmy coverage, visit our 2011 Emmys hub here, and follow us on Twitter @TVLineNews.

–Additional reporting by Michael Ausiello and Megan Masters