Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, Modern Family lead Emmy nominations in comedy

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Modern FamilyNetflix’s Orange is the New Black snagged 12 primetime Emmy comedy nominations this morning, beating out perennial Emmy favorites Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory in total nods. And yes, Orange is the New Black is a comedy— this year, anyway. Last year, Netflix submitted the ensemble prison series as a drama. But if you’ve watched both seasons, you’ll know it’s not like the show has gotten funnier. It’s just part of the time-honored tradition of retroactively labeling a series so that it has a better chance during awards season. After all, who wants to compete against Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey? Apparently, not Netflix! And by the way, I love OITNB. But I’m also a huge fan of consistency. OITNB is a dark comedy in the best ways possible. Why not just commit to that every year?

Coming in right under Orange is the New Black is the aforementioned Modern Family (10 nominations), HBO’s Veep (9 nominations), the aforementioned Big Bang Theory (7 nominations), Portlandia (6 nominations) while both HBO newcomer Silicon Valley and Louis C.K.’s FX hit Louie earned five nominations each, with Louis C.K. also getting a nod for his hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live. And speaking of Saturday Night Live and while we’re comparing apples to oranges, the iconic sketch series snagged 14 nominations, the most of any comedy program— variety, single camera, multi camera or otherwise. As for the proper variety show categories, it looks like Comedy Central heroes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are equally loved– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report both grabbed six nominations.

Worth noting is that Sarah Silverman’s intimately-shot HBO special We Are Miracles was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special. The normally comedy-centric Lizzie Caplan snagged a lead actress nomination for her work in Showtime’s drama Masters of Sex. And Kristen Wiig got a nomination for lead actress in the mini-series category for her work in IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon, which parodies the entire concept of the mini-series. So meta, man.

Below, you can check out a list of most of the comedy-related nominees. If you try to reconcile the totals I’ve listed above, it won’t work. If you want to check out the entire 43-page list of Emmy nominees you can download the file there —> Primetime Emmy nominations – 2014.

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Inside Amy Schumer
Key & Peele
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Outstanding Animate Program
Bob’s Burgers
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart as Arthur in The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in Modern Family
Steve Buscemi as Marty in Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live
Louis C.K. on Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole as Kent Davison on Veep

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black
Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black
Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black
Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack in Shameless

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns
Childrens Hospital
Parks And Rec in Europe (
The Soup: True Detective
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

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