Let's start by saying a few nice things about Emmy voters. They did a good job of not letting sentiment influence their choices with this year's nominations.
No one was guaranteed a nomination just because they were nominated before. Some past shoo-ins -- including "American Idol" -- were dumped from big categories to make room for splashy new shows. It was the first time "Idol" wasn't nominated, and, adding insult to injury, it lost its place to its NBC rival, "The Voice."
Emmy voters get a lot of heat for conservative choices, but that wasn't the case this year. "American Horror Story," which tied "Mad Men" for the most nominations with 17, is one of the most graphic shows on television, and part of a genre -- horror -- that rarely gets the respect it deserves. HBO's "Girls," which is...