Emmys Countdown: A Chat About Best Comedy

In the lead-up to the announcement on Emmy nominations on July 10, Celebuzz will be looking at the past year in outstanding television and analyzing what will be recognized and what, what should be recognized and what should not. Today, Robert Kessler and Gabi Chung discuss Outstanding Comedy Series.

Robert Kessler: Today we talk about the comedies. The laughin-est shows in all the land.

Gabi Chung: AKA the Modern Family category

RK: Well, yeah. Last year’s nominees were Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, Louie, Veep, Girls, and 30 Rock and it’s hard to see things changing that much. Obviously 30 Rock isn’t coming back so that gives us one open slot, but do you think any of last year’s nominees are vulnerable?

GC: Not really. I think that once you’ve been nominated in the comedy category, you’re in there until your show is off the air. But I’m praying that Orange Is the New Black gets that open slot this year.

RK: I’m not a religious person, but I can’t see a reality in which those prayers aren’t answered. The big question last year was, will the Emmy voters embrace Netflix-original programming. They did and so Orange Is the New Black will likely take 30 Rock’s spot. There is another newcomer though that could threaten a vulnerable nominee: Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

GC: Exactly what I was thinking. After Andy Samberg’s Golden Globes win, people really started embracing that show.

RK: To me, Girls feels like the most vulnerable off last year’s list, simply because the type of people I hear complaining about that show are the exact type of people who are voting to nominate (read: old and white). What do you think?

GC: As much I thought this season of Girls was the strongest in the series so far, my gut tells me that it won’t win voters over. If girls is eked out, do you think Silicon Valley will take it’s place? I feel like that’s a strong HBO contender from their roster. Veep is probably going to be on the list again, just because Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a beast so it’s either Girls or Silicon Valley that’ll be in the category.

RK: Again, my gut tells me that almost nothing will change from last year.

GC: Which would really suck then because Modern Family will win for the 92389283 time.

RK: Well it has to lose at some point and given the fact that Veep has only gotten better since it premiered, I think it’s got a shot at dethroning Modern Family this year. But it’s only a shot.

GC: Modern Family is the safe choice. Veep would be the safe and well-deserved choice.

GC: I would be shocked if they gave How I Met Your Mother a swan song nod.

RK: That would be truly shocking.

GC: Did anyone actually enjoy the last season?

RK: No one I’ve spoken to. Is there anything else you’d like to see nominated that probably won’t be?


RK: Ack. What a marvelous show.

GC: And as much as it pains me to say it, Parks and Recreation kind of lost its momentum so it won’t get a nod either.

RK: I would be genuinely delighted to see Trophy Wife nominated, though it won’t happen in a million years.

GC: That is truly a wild card. A VERY VERY wild card.

RK: But Trophy Wife was the first time that I was excited about network comedy in years and I’d love to see the Emmy voters rewarding its creativity.

GC: Totally agree. But looking at nominations from the past few years, the pattern suggests that Emmy voters like to stick with the same few shows. Sigh.

RK: Absolutely. Which isn’t all bad! I would say that the comedies on this list (for the most part) generally are the best on television.

GC: I just want to see someone other than Modern Family win. I get it. It’s a good show, but there are now better shows that deserve their time in the sun. *cough* OITNB *cough* But I agree with what you said earlier, if Modern Family doesn’t take it this year, Veep will.

RK: I’m behind Selina


Robert Kessler

Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
Orange Is the New Black

Gabi Chung

The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black