This morning marked the announcement of the 62nd Primetime Emmy nominations. And we’re pretty sure that you can read the entire list anywhere this morning. But this is a comedy website and we’re going to focus on the comedy categories, here’s our take on the hits and misses.
Like the rest of you, we’ll have to see how it unfolds on August 29th when Jimmy Fallon hosts the show.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
The Office (NBC)
30 Rock (NBC)
There aren’t many surprises here in this category. We’re pretty psyched to see rookie shows Glee and Modern Family make the cut. Both were the toast of the town this past year and saw fantastic debut seasons. We hope the always funny Curb takes the award but will probably go to 30 Rock because people love to see Tina Fey accept awards. The biggest “wha?” of this category is definitely the inclusion of Nurse Jackie as a comedy. That show is a comedy? Really? That nom should have gone to one of the Monday night CBS comedies The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother.
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Shaloub? Hrmmmm….A nom much more deserved to be given to Ed O’Neil’s return to comedy with Modern Family. We know that strategically the entire cast applied as supporting members but after watching those nominated in the supporting category role for males, it might have backfired on O’Neil in this instance. It’s a great nod to Jim Parson’s Sheldon character on Bang but we’re thinking Alec Baldwin all but has this category.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lea Michele, Glee
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Toni Collette, United States Of Tara
Would they give Louis-Dreyfus the award because her show was canceled? And Lea Michele is talented but her humor is not the reason we watch Glee. Amy Poehler has really come into her own this season on Parks & Recreation as the show gets stronger with each passing season. We’re thinking this one will come down to Poehler or Fey, but for some reason people actually like United States of Tara so don’t count Collette out.
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Chris Colfer, Glee
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two And A Half Men
Question…are the males in Modern Family so funny that three of them deserve Emmy noms? The answer is, YES! The problem is all three of them being in the same category that they’ll probably cannibalize each others votes from MF fans. Well at least they don’t have Ed O’Neil to compete with in this category. Our money is on NPH’s Barney Stinson for it will be legend….ary!
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Holland Taylor, Two And A Half Men
If Jane Lynch doesn’t take this category we’re going to personally bare-knuckle box the Emmys. Her character of Sue Sylvester is pretty much carrying Glee and it’s 19 Emmy on her track suit-laden back. And with the double Modern Family noms she shouldn’t have much competition.
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien (NBC)
Jon Stewart and The Daily Show should have no problem taking this one with his only competition being his protege Stephen Colbert. Not shocking that Conan got a nom even if his Tonight Show only lasted 7 months and Leno got a snub.
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Bill Maher …But I’m Not Wrong (HBO )
Hope For Haiti Now (Tenth Planet Productions and MTV)
The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)
Robin Williams Weapons Of Self Destruction (HBO)
The 25th Anniversary Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Concert (HBO)
Wanda Sykes I’ma Be Me (HBO)
There are a few comedy noms in this category but nothing we’re particular psyched about nor were very strong. We’re thinking this category goes to the Rock And Roll performance or Haiti telethon.
If you’d like to read a full list of the nominations in every category go here.