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Snap Judgment: The Emmy Comedy Nominations

If the drama nominations for the Emmys were the source of some of my greatest joys and greatest frustrations, then my reaction to the comedy categories could be summed up with one word: "Meh." Sure, there were a few nominations that had me leaping to my feet with joy, but so many more had me raising my eyebrows and saying "That again?" So, without further ado:

  • OK, the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy category is exactly the same as last year. I would celebrate how easy it will be to write that Emmy Breakdown, but I'm too busy trying to keep my eyes open. Seriously, how boring, especially knowing who else (Krasinski! McBrayer!) made the short list.
  • Speaking of keeping my eyes open: I turned on the Emmy nominations broadcast in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday just in time to hear Lee Pace's name read for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. I was still in bed at the time, and I swear to you, I threw the covers back, thrust my fists in the air, and squealed a little. And that's still probably only a fraction of how happy I was for him. Also, if you haven't seen Kristin Chenoweth's surprised face when she learned of her own nomination, look at this picture!
  • In fact, Pushing Daisies getting a dozen nominations overall is the single brightest spot of the nominations for me.
  • Can I get a "Huzzah!" for Amy Poehler? She was the only Saturday Night Live cast member to break through and score an acting nomination in the first year they were eligible in the regular comedy categories. And I bet NBC is thrilled to be able to say they have an Emmy nominee in talks to lead a new show.

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  • I'm really frustrated with the Outstanding Comedy Series nominees. I didn't even realize Curb Your Enthusiasm was eligible this year; Entourage had a less-than-wonderful year; and Two and a Half Men is . . . Two and a Half Men. But I think there might be a bigger problem at the root of that, which is a lack of really good TV comedy. I've been hearing a lot about that at TCA this week. Will that be another place where cable steps up?
  • That said, I'd be happier with that category if Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty, Weeds, or Flight of the Conchords had been nominated. And that's just talking about the ones on the short list. What about Desperate Housewives? How I Met Your Mother? Maybe the Emmys just have a blind spot here.
  • Another breakdown that will be pretty easy to write: Lead Actor in a Comedy. Just substitute Lee Pace for Ricky Gervais (their names even rhyme, sort of). Again, yawn. I do respect Tony Shalhoub's performance on Monk, but it's kind of the same thing every time. Even he must be feeling embarrassed by now, right?
  • If you want to get a guest acting nod at the Emmys, just go on 30 Rock. Four of the five guest comedy actor nominees and three of the six guest comedy actress nominees came from that show. And the argument could probably be made that Matthew Broderick deserved a nomination in the guest actor category, too, which would have made it a clean sweep.
  • So happy that one of the Office episodes nominated for a directing Emmy was "Goodbye, Toby," directed by Paul Feig of Freaks and Geeks. And the other was directed by Paul Lieberstein, aka Toby himself!
  • Much as I wish Flight of the Conchords had been nominated in a series or acting category, I'm at least glad to see it get a writing nod — not to mention its two nominations for songs.

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
sunbum - I totally agree with you! I am so happy for Lee Pace :)
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 9 years
I'm completely bummed that neither John Krasinski nor Flight of the Conchords were nominated. I think they both totally deserve it. At least The Conchords were nominated for their songs, which are totally AMAZING! :D
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
Yay for Pushing Daisies! :D Boo for no Flight of the Conchords. :(
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 9 years
wow, totally missed the fact this was for comedy..LOL. oops:)
kab226 kab226 9 years
I'm so sad they left of FOTC. It is one of the funniest shows on TV. But I am happy they picked it for one of the song categories because they definitely deserve it!
Taadie Taadie 9 years
I cant believe they left out Flight of the Conchords and Weeds. They are two of the funniest shows on tv. Just the travesty of Murray their manager out of the running is crazy. Are they sure the people who vote on these things actually watch tv. How could you ever pick Two and a Half Men over either of those shows. Or Jon Cryer over John Krasinski? Every time I catch a piece of TAHM I expect to hear a rim shot after every joke and see some guy with a mustache and cigar snickering and wiggling his eyebrows.
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 9 years
I am so happy Ben from Lost got nominated!!
sumbum sumbum 9 years
What is going on w/ the Emmy's love affair w/ Two and a Half Men, Tony Shaloub, James Spader, Boston Legal, Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer....Seriously? I watch TAHM on reruns sometimes, and the show is pretty obvious and lame...and I really don't know why it's always on the Nielson's top 10.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Buzz, I'm with you all the way on this. So happy for Lee Pace, so sad about Two and a Half Men, one of the only shows I turn off if the TV still happens to be on when it airs. I agree about the bigger problem: there just isn't enough good TV comedy from which to choose.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
*sigh* Lee Pace :). I agree that Weeds and Flight of the Conchords should have been nominated. Both of those comedies make me actually laugh out loud...30 Rock, not so much. I wish the guy that played U-Turn on Weeds had been nominated in some way (guest or supporting) for his character...that guy was hilarious. Being thug means never having to say you are sorry!
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