Countdown to Emmys: A Quick Chat About Outstanding Comedy Series

For the next seven days, Celebuzz editors Andy Scott and Robert Kessler will be analyzing the contenders for this years Emmy nominations, announcing July 18 at 8:30AM. Today’s discussion: Outstanding Comedy Series, in which we discuss the fate of Modern Family and every show trying to beat it.

Andy Scott: So, we’re done with the acting categories. Let’s move onto the shows, starting with Outstanding Comedy Series.

Robert Kessler: The real question is, how many times do you think they’re just going to nominate Cougar Town?

AS: It’s sort of depressing to see every show on television submit themselves for eligibility. After Lately!

RK: Actually, though, television is going through a pretty amazing renaissance right now, and looking at the potential nominees in this category makes that pretty clear. Except for The Big Bang Theory, which will get nominated, despite my ongoing attempts to ignore it entirely.

AS: Yes. Well, I think the Emmy Academy (is that what they’re called?) have a Very Important Decision to make this year, which is whether to break from Modern Family or give it everything all over again

RK: They really like these ensemble comedies, where there’s maybe not a stand-out performance, but all are good. This is the reason things like Parks and Recreation have a hard time getting nominated in this category. So, yeah, I do think Modern Family will catch another nomination. But I don’t think it gets the win again. Thank God.

AS: I feel like it’s time for voters to do something bold. Like, maybe give it to Girls or something. Which would be silly, but I get it.

RK: Can you imagine?

AS: I can. But I also think I may be reading too many recaps written by straight, fat, middle-aged white guys who continue to call the show “genius.” Which creeps me the fuck out.

RK: “And the Emmy goes to….. that really unaccessible show about some selfish girls living in Brooklyn! “I don’t really see Emmy voters connected with a plotline about how hard it is to get your ebook finished on time when you’re busy snorting coke with the guy from The Book of Mormon. Is all I’m saying.

AS: Yeah. Which means The Big Bang Theory will probably win. Can’t you just picture Martin Sheen opening the envelope, flashing a coy glance to the audience, and then announcing The Big Bang Theory quietly into the mic?

RK: I’m more interested in why you think Martin Sheen’s going to be the one presenting.

AS: Isn’t he like the Dustin Hoffman of television now?

RK: Michelle Obama presented at the Oscars this year. It’s time to step it up. I think it’s going to be Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

AS: Even Nicole Kidman went to the Tonys at one point!

RK: I think 30 Rock is pretty much guaranteed a nomination. It’s the final season of a much beloved show from a much beloved creator.

AS: Agreed. I also see Veep getting in there, too, after last year’s surprise nomination

RK: Yes, absolutely. Veep focused much more on the rest of the cast this season. It wasn’t just the Julia Louis-Dreyfus show anymore. And I mean that in the best way possible.

AS: Yeah. Everyone agreed it was a much-improved season. It would get my vote for the win. What about the not-so-much improved Arrested Development?

RK: I for sure see a nomination for Arrested Development. It was an incredibly innovative narrative structure that I think, overall, succeeded and deserves some recognition. There aren’t a lot of people out there brave enough to make a sitcom without a solid linear structure.

AS: And it has the previous wins to back it up, I think. It’s in. I actually want to go back to Parks and Recreation for a moment.

RK: I would too. Unfortunately, I just can’t see an Emmy nomination for this lil gem.

AS: Really? Why not?

RK: It doesn’t feel as flashy as these others. I think it’d be the 7th on the list, but I don’t think it’s going to make the cut.

AS: Right. I’m actually looking at last year’s nominees and it looks like there’s only room for one show to fill Curb Your Enthusiasm’s spot. And it might go to something like Louie which somehow wasn’t nominated last year. Weird.

RK: I think Louie beats out Parks and Rec. Sorry, Parker Posey. Having to choose sides that that…

AS: Let’s just pretend that ‘The Big Bang Theory’ isn’t goign to get nominated

RK: In a world, where CBS shows are ignored like they should be…

AS: Sigh. For a category about Comedy, the list of contenders feels a little depressing. On that note!


Andy Scott
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Robert Kessler
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
30 Rock

Tags: Emmys 2013