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'Sons of Anarchy' stars share how they really feel about (lack of) Emmy noms

FX is still smarting over the dearth of Emmy noms it received last month - particularly the complete shutout of its outlaw biker drama "Sons of Anarchy" for which it had launched a major Emmy-consideration campaign because it's the network's most watched series.

Out of FX's mere nine noms this year, five were acting noms that went to "Damages" -- a show it's dropping from its lineup. Those noms included:

Glenn Close got an Emmy nom for her role in "Damages," one of FX's nine nominations. (FX/Craig Blankenhorne)

Supporting actress Rose Byrne, supporting actor Martin Short, lead actress Glenn Close, guest actress Lily Tomlin, and guest actor Ted Danson. FX's only other Emmy noms this year are tech noms: Outstanding Music and Lyrics for "Rescue Me"; Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for "Nip/Tuck"; Outstanding Main Title Music for "Justified"; and Outstanding Voice-Over for "Archer."

Upon hearing his show was shut out that day, "Sons" creator Kurt Sutter went on a blogging jag, spewing his venom all over the TV firmament, hitting the Emmys, the TV academy, AMC's much-nominated period drama "Mad Men," Fox's very-nominated high-school musical dramedy "Glee,"FX's "Damages" and anyone else within spitting distance:

Kurt Sutter and his "Sons of Anarchy" got zero Emmy nominations this year, and boy, did the Academy hear about it.(FX/Prashant Gupta)

"We are the dirty-faced outlaws who no one wants in their clean white town. We are too loud, too violent, too brash," Sutter blogged.

"We don't sing, have pretty sets, or wear retro suits. They admire us from afar, wish they could do what we do, then they pull the shades and settle for the familiar and safe. They are lazy sheep. " I thrive on living outside the love circle. I've been here for ten years now. It fuels my bitterness, my over-inflated sense of self-righteousness and it makes me a more relevant artist" adding, "Mariska Hargitay are you [having sex] kidding me?"

It was like manna from heaven for the press, giving them perhaps the best response-from-the-creative-community-on-Emmy-nomination-day in history.

Kurt Sutter and his "Sons of Anarchy" cast didn't hold back. (AP/Matt Sayles)

Naturally, TV critics were hoping for a repeat performance Tuesday at the Press Tour.
So they asked him about this year's Emmy noms. Imagine throwing raw meat at piranha. It was like that.

"Can I first say now, just to kiss all your [heinies], I so appreciate and it's so important to me to get the [Television Critics Association] nominations for the show and for Katey [Sagal], which is one of those moments were you say 'Okay, I'm not [having sex] crazy -- we actually ARE doing good work!'."

"Every year when the nominations are announced, half the stories are about the nominations, and the other half are about the absurdity of the nominations and the snubs," Sutter continued, adding "Perhaps, to me, the suggestion is the system is flawed."

"[Have sex with] them!" "Sons" star Ron Perlman added, sensing TV critics were disappointed by Sutter's restrained answer.

"I don't subscribe to Emmys or any of that [feces]," "Sons" star Charlie Hunnam added, inspired by Perlman's insight.

"It's a crock of [feces] and it's corrupting," Hunnam continued, expanding on his theme.

"We're happy we aren't on the receiving end of a force that could change the dynamic of what we have...All of that [feces] is secondary and completely unimportant, but does have the potential to ruin a good thing. So, like I said, [have sex with] them!"

Landgraf , who, as an executive of NewsCorporation, is not afforded the same breadth of vocabulary as his stars, was comfortable joining the "Sons" cast and creators in throwing "Damages" under the bus, since the network is dumping the drama series from its schedule - though FX will continue to take in money from the show because it's listed as one of the producing companies on the show.

Landgraf noted "Damages" is about "extremely powerful, wealthy well-dressed people" who live on in tony neighborhoods in Manhattan, whereas the rest of FX's lineup is the "literature of the common man."

"I don't think there is a lesson in personal grooming to be taken from 'Sons of Anarchy' but it's literature," he concluded.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  August 3, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2010  
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