Plenty of beloved series — “The Wire” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to name two recent 21st century examples — skirt by with barely a nod, while the same handful of series and actors take home statues year after year.
But not in 2011.
After only a handful of nominations and just one win (for casting) during its five-season run, perennial underdog “Friday Night Lights” finally took home two huge wins during its last year of Emmy eligibility.
Winning for outstanding writing in a drama (showrunner Jason Katims for the series finale) and outstanding lead actor in a drama (Kyle Chandler), “FNL” seemed to be getting its formal thank you from an academy that’s constantly overlooked it.
Under normal circumstances, we’d segue into a complaint about it losing best drama series to four-time winner “Mad Men” or star Connie Britton not being able to share the Emmy spotlight with her on-screen husband, but we’re just too pleased with what we got.
Going up on stage, Chandler thanked the academy before admitting that he was literally speech-less over his victory. And so are we, so instead of going on and on about how awesome and important these wins are, we’ll just join the chorus…
Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.