Louis C.K., Modern Family, Colbert Report, Daily Show rule comedy categories at Emmys

By | July 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm | One comment | feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , ,

Snagging seven — SEVEN — primetime Emmy nominations this morning, Louis C.K. continues his placement in the comedy world – and more recently, mainstream entertainment — as a critical darling.

C.K. scored nominations for writing and directing in the variety special category for his stand-up special Live at the Beacon Theatre, which was also nominated for the overall category of Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials. You may be asking, how did a self-released comedy special grab Emmy nominations? Well, remember that weeks after he sold the hour-long performance through his website, FX aired an edited version thereof, in part, so that it would be eligible for traditional awards. So, technically, the FX version got the nomination. And so the Team Louis plan worked. The comedian also earned outstanding lead actor, directing and writing nominations for Louie for the second year in a row. If you’re keeping count, that’s four nods for Beacon, and three for Louie.

In the lead actor category, he’s up against Larry David, Jon Cryer, Jim Parsons (last year’s winner), Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin. The category’s female counterparts finds Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (her 13th lifetime Emmy nomination!) and Melissa McCarthy – she won the lead actress prize last year – vying for that golden trophy.

Meanwhile the comedy series in the running for the title of ‘outstanding’ are Curb Your Enthusiasm (which hasn’t been on the air since September of last year), Girls, 30 Rock, Veep, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family won last year.

And in one of the more interesting races, four actors from the same show – Modern Family (naturally) will be competing for the supporting actor crown: Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell (who won the prize last year) and Eric Stonestreet will face off against Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader and New Girl’s Max Greenfield. Dear, Emmy folks: Just give it to Hader. He deserves it.

Two of Modern Family’s ladies – Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara – are up for the supporting actress trophy. Bowen won it last year, but Vergara has also been nominated. In fact, this is the third year in a row Vergara’s been on the short list of supporting actresses— she’s lost every time. Will 2012 be her year? I love her and all, but her character has become a little played out. Yes, watching Vergara scream in broken English is funny– but not after four seaons. Give this award to Mayim Bialik, who makes The Big Bang Theory slightly watchable while she’s onscreen. The remaining nods in this category go to Merritt Wever fom Nurse Jackie and Desperate Housewives’s Kathryn Joosten, who sadly died last month from lung cancer at the age of 72, three weeks after her character succumbed to a brain tumor on the series finale.

My main complaint is that, once again, not one member of the Community cast was nominated for an Emmy. I know the Emmy board isn’t totally against edgier or more absurd comedy, seeing as they know enough to nominate the likes of Louie and Portlandia, so why the major holdout on Community? Huh, people that run the Emmys? Why? But, check this out: The Community writers were nominated for their work on the Remedial Chaos Theory episode! They’ve got some stiff competition, however. They’re up against two episodes of Parks and Recreation, Louie and Girls.

The Emmys air live on Sunday, Sept. 23 on ABC at 7 pm ET. Jimmy Kimmel will be your host.

Most of the rest of the comedy nominees – featuring The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Portlandia – are listed below (full list of all those other boring categories are here). Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section!

Outstanding Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
30 Rock
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zooey Deschanel
Lena Dunham
Edie Falco
Amy Poehler
Tina Fey
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Melissa McCarthy

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik
Merritt Wever
Julie Bowen
Kristen Wiig
Sofia Vergara
Kathryn Joosten

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Ed O’Neill
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Ty Burrell
Eric Stonestreet
Bill Hader
Max Greenfield

Outstanding Variety Series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chuck O’Neil
Portlandia, Jonathan Krisel
The Colbert Report, James Hoskinson
Saturday Night Live, Don Roy King
Late Show with David Letterman, Jerry Foley

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Animated Program:
American Dad – Hot Water
The Penguins of Madagascar
Futurama – The Tip of the Zoidberg
Bob’s Burgers — BurgerBoss
The Simpsons – Holidays of Future Passed

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  • Laughtercrushendo

    Don’t even get my started about what is wrong with this year’s
    nominations! I am still fuming over the fact that Parks and Rec got majorly
    snubbed. I almost chucked my computer when I first read the list of nominees,
    which would have been terrible since I would’ve surely hit one of my Dish
    coworkers. It’s just so strange to pick a show like Curb Your Enthusiasm that,
    as you pointed out, hasn’t been on the air since last year over Park and Rec’s
    best season to date. I’m not a Curb Your Enthusiasm hater or anything. In fact,
    I have almost every episode of it tucked away on my DVR. It’s lucky I have the
    Hopper DVR with loads of recording space, since that show has been on for
    years! However, Parks and Rec is a much better show that appeals to a larger
    crowd, and it deserves some recognition. Get your acts together, Academy

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