When a show or an actor wants to be nominated for an Emmy, they submit a single episode for consideration. That’s how certain dull and/or niche nominations sometimes sneak through past the obvious choices – they submitted a really good tape.
You can see this year’s complete list of tape submissions at Gold Derby Forums. It’s sometime surprising to see the episodes that your favorite shows and actors have pegged as their best (or, at least, most obvious).
Watch the 59th Annual Emmy Awards tonight on Fox. Or, don’t.
Instead, you can read the article that Alison posted in a comment to my last entry, which illustrates some more of Heroes‘ obvious faults (mostly in comparison to Lost, but also to Buffy and Battlestar).