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The Five Most Ridiculous Emmy Nominations

The Five Most Ridiculous Emmy Nominations (photo)

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The 2011 Emmy Awards are still a way off, but the voting has begun. That means that the ballot is out and we can see which actors and actresses have nominated themselves for awards. After reviewing the ballot, we have no choice but to point out a few glaringly ridiculous, over-reaching, aspirational and kind of sad nominations.

Chace Crawford a.k.a. Nate on “Gossip Girl,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Chace has submitted himself for the award, despite the fact (yes, FACT) that he is not a lead actor in the series and has not been for several seasons. His co-stars Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick, who arguably could be considered leads, didn’t even bother trying because, frankly, the show’s not that good and certainly isn’t an award-worthy drama. Still, good luck going against Jon Hamm, Nate!

Joey Lawrence, “Melissa and Joey,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

First, we all must face the fact that this show exists and that a network actually felt that Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence had the star power to drive a show’s ratings. The show is a sort of reboot of “Who’s the Boss?” with ex-child stars stepping in as Judith Light and Tony Danza. It’s not good, it’s not funny, and it was stale before it even hit the air. Joey, however, must have been pretty proud of his continued employability to submit his work in this show to be judged by the Emmy voters. I’m sure Alec Baldwin feels exactly the same way about his work on “30 Rock.”

Martin Henderson, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Valerie Cruz, “Off the Map,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Shonda Rimes has made some okay shows (“Grey’s Anatomy”), some terrible shows (“Private Practice”) and some really awful wastes of primetime (“Off the Map”). “Off the Map” was so terrible that event the force of nature that is Rimes, could not keep the show on the air for more than a season. And yet! The series has eight submissions in this year’s Emmy acting categories. Eight! They deserve none of them.

Rob Lowe, “Parks and Recreation,” Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

I love Rob Lowe. I love him so much that I sat through three seasons of “Brothers & Sisters” with him. But, Rob is not the lead actor in “Parks and Recreation.” He was added at the end of last season and has done really well in the role, but, to be clear, he’s no Ron Swanson. He’s not even an Aziz Ansari.

Katrina Bowden a.k.a. Cerie, “30 Rock,” Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Cerie. It’s just that …well, is she still on the show? Even
Lake Bell for her supporting role on web series turned mini-tv show “Children’s Hospital” stands a better chance against Jane Krakowski or Kristen Wiig of “Saturday Night Live.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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