It was a question raised by Emmy's latest round of snubs as this year's nominees were announced on Thursday.
HBO's magnificent Treme? Jilted yet again.
Same for AMC's The Walking Dead and HBO's True Blood. They just seem to freak out Emmy judges.
The 2013 Emmy nominees list
Showtime's Dexter was shut out, too, with no Emmy love lost on Michael C. Hall (a past best-actor nominee five years in a row) or for Jennifer Carpenter, who, as Dexter's foul-mouthed sister, has never been nominated for one of TV's most vivid portrayals.
Anyone who saw Tatiana Maslany in BBC America's Orphan Black was floored by her multiple roles as identical women who were revealed to be clones. But Emmy shut its eyes to a salute for her.
FX's motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy continues to get Emmy's cold shoulder, despite riveting performances from an impressive gang of actors (including Katey Sagal, who won a 2011 Golden Globe for her role as the motorcycle club's firey matriarch but, in her long career, has never snagged an Emmy nomination).
And what about The Americans, FX's splendid Cold War-era thriller? Sure, it scored a guest-actress nod for Margo Martindale. But how to explain zero recognition for terrific performances by stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (not to mention the sly supporting-actor turn by Noah Emmerich)?
Nothing for New Girl
Speaking of indelible supporting actors: Christopher Heyerdahl as The Swede on AMC's Hell on Wheels, which, like Heyerdahl, was spurned by the Emmys.
And is there any point in lamenting a second year that Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman were forgotten along with their great work for AMC's The Killing?
Kevin Bacon's entry into series TV was received with excitement when Fox's serial-killer drama The Following debuted earlier this year, but it was "hold the Bacon" at the Emmys as he and his series was ignored.
What a difference a year makes: Fox's comedy New Girl landed two Emmy nominations last season - for lead actress Zooey Deschanel and supporting actor Max Greenfield. They and the show got nada on Thursday.
Jon Cryer, last year's best-actor winner for the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, was shut out of a nomination this year.
And Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, last year's winner as comedy supporting actor, failed to make the cut this year. Three of Stonestreet's cast mates on the ABC hit were named instead.
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