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After the Primetime Emmy Award nominees were announced, TV critics chattered for days about who got snubbed -- much righteous indignation about another James Spader nom for best abberation, er, best lead actor in a drama series. Serious outrage over HBO's "The Wire" being once overlooked in the derby for best drama series, though that talk seemed to end when Tom O'Neill, columnist for the trophy show Web site TheEnvelope.com, noted in the site the critics have never actually given "The Wire" one of their Television Critics Association Awards trophies.

Anyway, during the Q&A session for Fox's "House," critics offered star Hugh Laurie -- nominated this year for best lead actor in a drama series -- the chance to vent about being snubbed last year.

"Do you feel you were vindicated in some way?" one critic asked, cueing up the vent.

"Good Lord, no," Laurie said, to their surprise.

"No one has any right at all to ever feel slighted. First of all, actors -- who have a job with other actors whose company they enjoy and whose work they respect -- to be doing scripts that they absolutely adore almost to the point of reverence it's actually slightly unhealthy -- those blessings are so manifold our cup runneth over, so that we have absolutely no business being crabby if we don't get some particularly cherry on top. We've already got so many cherries on top of so many cherries that one more cherry is -- I've exhausted that metaphor."

Editor's note: The Summer TV Press tour has ended, but Lisa will share some of her favorite moments in the blog this week.

By Maura McCarthy  |  July 30, 2007; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  Broadcast TV Upfronts 2007  
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