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The title says it all. It's the first animated show since 1961 to be nominated for the Best Comedy Emmy. It is up against:

30 Rock
Entourage
Flight Of The Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
Weeds


Oddly enough, none of Family Guy's episodes are up for Outstanding Animated Program (under one hour).

I didn't think South Park's "Margaritaville" was all that great, but others here did and it's up for an Outstanding Animated Program.

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Judging by The Simpsons wiki page on Emmys (en.wikipedia.org) it looks like they choose one to submit to, either comedy or animation. Doesn't say it definitively, but it seems odd that they would not submit to both if they could.



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I cannot fathom why, in 2009 of all years, Family Guy would be nominated, not when American Dad has been consistently better.



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I can't fathom why Family Guy would get that honor when The Simpsons and South Park never have.

But whatever - usually I love to complain about the Emmys, but the sheer volume of love directed at Flight of the Conchords this year has melted this steely heart. (Plus 30 Rock and Breaking Bad and The Office and Mad Men and Lost, but you expect that stuff to get nominated.)

And Kristen Chenowith got another nom for Pushing Daisies! No one (but me) even remembered that show was on last year and she was flat-out the best actress on TV in the last two years.


(Also kinda weird that Weeds finally gets a Best Comedy Series nomination for what was the only season of the show I've disliked. They seem to be turning it around in the last few weeks, but last year was an awful parody of itself. And I guess I'd like to see a little love for the awesome supporting cast members of The Office that aren't Rainn Wilson once in a while - although it was pretty great Dwight season. But between Conchords, Chenowith and Jeremy Piven not even getting nominated for a change, I have less to complain about than ever.)
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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    I can't fathom why Family Guy would get that honor when The Simpsons and South Park never have.

The Simpsons only submitted themselves twice in 1993 and 1994 for the best comedy series. Who knows if South Park ever has. The Simpsons submits for animation, hence being nominated every year in that category.



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I love the love for Season 2 of Damages. William Hurt for Best Supporting Actor. I say that as a HUGE fan of Michael Emerson.

Has an SNL (or any variety show) cast member ever been nominated for best supporting actor or actress? Poehler and Wiig are both nominated. That seems...interesting.



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Amy Poehler was last year. She was the first SNL cast member ever nominated (first time they ever submitted themselves in that category). I don't know if, say, Carol Burnett was ever nominated for her show, for example. I could look it up, but I'm too lazy.

Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey are both nominated for hosting too.
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I think the Family Guy nomination is due to create buzz. I would have selected last year for the Star Wars episode which was the funniest hour last year. I also think nominating it creates a shield for the fact that How I meet your mother was nominated due to NPH hosting the Emmys. I do think Big Bang Theory has been funnier then HIMYM this year. I expect Weeds or Office or 30 Rock to get it since Office and 30 Rock are mainstream and Weeds will get the love due to the network they are on. South Park did win an Emmy for writing with the WoW episode, so they have been given love plus Simpsons hasn't been funny in 8 years.
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Man, I was really hoping that Walt Goggins would get a nom for his fantastic work on The Shield's final season.
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Go Kristen Chenowith!

I find it both wonderful and odd that "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog", Joss Whedon's experiment in "television without a television" has been nominated for an Emmy.

And, while I think Family Guy was definitely worthy of an Emmy nod at some point in its history, it does not deserve recognition for this dreadful past season.

Do you think the broadcast networks will finally get the hint from this year's drama nominations and start making some good dramas? (Or at least be a little slower with the cancellation trigger?)

    Originally posted by lotjx
    Simpsons hasn't been funny in 8 years.

I disagree. Season 20 was a definite improvement. It proved the show still had some life in it.



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    30 Rock
    Flight Of The Conchords
    How I Met Your Mother
    The Office


My four favorite shows!


    Entourage
    Family Guy


My two least favorite!


    Weeds


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


No Piven, wooooooooooooo. But if we're gonna get greedy after all this, Rhys Darby, Justin Kirk. Regardless, still can't wrap my mind around Jack MacBrayer or Jemaine Clement being nominated for Emmys.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.73
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

      Weeds


    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Did season 4 ever get better? I bailed after three episodes. Everybody got so loathsome, except for maybe Andy.



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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    Amy Poehler was last year. She was the first SNL cast member ever nominated (first time they ever submitted themselves in that category). I don't know if, say, Carol Burnett was ever nominated for her show, for example.


Carol won for her show as did Korman and Conway (he won FIVE!) and Vickie Lawrence.



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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro

        Weeds


      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Did season 4 ever get better? I bailed after three episodes. Everybody got so loathsome, except for maybe Andy.


It ended well, but it was a mess getting there. Mary-Louise Parker may win for the season finale alone. Even this season - which as I said has been a step in the right direction, even though it'll never approach season 2 levels again - has pretty much been carried on her and Justin Kirk's back. (He better get a nod next year - he's not only still consistantly funny, he's broken my heart at least once an episode this year. I relate, man.)

Oh, and Kevin Nealon is still awesome, even if there's no logical reason for him to still be around.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05
What's up with the seven nominees in each show category? Did the Emmys increase their field a la the Oscars? Not that I'm complaining, given how many of my favourites got nominated.


    I think the Family Guy nomination is due to create buzz. I would have selected last year for the Star Wars episode which was the funniest hour last year. I also think nominating it creates a shield for the fact that How I meet your mother was nominated due to NPH hosting the Emmys.


HIMYM should've earned nominations for the last three years, so I'm hella-okay with it getting in this year, even if the past season was 'only' a B+ compared to past seasons. Piven being snubbed means that the door is finally open for Neil Patrick Harris to get his long overdue trophy.

As good as Aaron Paul was on Breaking Bad, if Michael Emerson doesn't finally win a goddamn Emmy this year....




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This might not be a strong season for Family Guy but in my opinion a large percentage of television shows start strong and get worse each season. So if it takes a show some years to get noticed then they are are often going to have a weaker season nominated when there were stronger seasons. I'm not sure it's such a crime for a show to get nominated for a weaker season after having several seasons that deserved nominations.

That being said I would've taken Pushing Daisies in a heartbeat over Family Guy, Entourage or Weeds. I'd also boot Kevin Dillon for Chi McBride.

Since we're talking about animated shows that deserved a best series nomination I'd say Batman: The Animated Series is even more deserving than Simpsons or South Park. Making a dramatic animated series on par with dramatic live action series at the time is way more difficult than making a comedic animated show on par with a comedic live action show. In fact, animated shows might even have an advantage in comedies. I'm sure B:TAS never submitted themselves for best drama though because they'd be crazy to think they had any chance.

Biggest injustice is still no nominations for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. I was also hoping this was Josh Holloway's year for a nomination. Easily could have put two more Lost cast in the two Boston Legal spots.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.73
Batman: TAS never aired in primetime, though.

EDIT: It did win the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program in 1993.

EDIT 2: The Emmy in 1993 WAS a Primetime Emmy. Never mind.

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.30
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro

        Weeds


      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

    Did season 4 ever get better? I bailed after three episodes


If anything, I thought s4 peaked with the first three episodes thanks to Albert Brooks. Pure hatred for all things non-Andy after that. This season has been better but their seasons always start interesting, throw a bunch of potentially interesting strands out there, get them all tangled up, and then clunkily fizzle.


    Everybody got so loathsome, except for maybe Andy.


Geez, everyone is loathsome except for Andy, aren't they? MLP is great but Nancy is pretty terrible. I want her sons to die something fierce.

Don't worry though, they're still fulfilling their quota of "ethnic stereotypes that are totally not racist caricatures because they occasionally make implausibly erudite zingers."

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
This was probably one of the worst seasons of Family Guy out of the whole series. How it got a nod THIS year of all years is baffling?

However, I wholly approve of Seth MacFarlane's Emmy nod for Best Voice Over for the "I Dream of Jesus" episode.

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