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Family Guy to vie for comedy series Emmy nod

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2008 2:41PM
Family Guy: Blue HarvestDue to the complicated and apparently outdated Emmy Awards nomination rules, prime-time animated shows like Family Guy, The Simpsons, American Dad, South Park and others have had to choose which Emmy category they want to compete in, animated or comedy series. Then, that decision impacts eligibility for writers and animators on those shows in other categories. Well, Family Guy is in a unique position this year, as their "Blue Harvest" Star Wars parody was classified as a special. And as the animated category looks at single episodes, Family Guy can submit "Blue Harvest" to the animated category, and the show itself, to comedy series.

I'd say it's a tremendous long shot that an animated show can be nominated over the live-action comedy series it will be facing. But there's always a first time for everything; when Disney's animated Beauty and the Beast picked up an Oscar nod for "Best Picture" it was groundbreaking in the same way. It's a tough debate. These shows compete with prime-time comedies every week and yet get put up against the likes of Spongebob Squarepants come awards time. How do you compare The Venture Brothers and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends?

Just like our own Adam Finley Award for excellence in animation, there's such a wide diversity of animation on television these days, maybe one award just isn't good enough. So what do you guys think? Should animated shows be competing in the comedy series category, get another category of their own; maybe breaking up the "Adult Swim" class of shows from the "Nickelodeon" grouping; or just keep things the way they are?

Should Family Guy and its ilk compete in the comedy series category?
Sure, why not?48 (43.6%)
There should be seperate categories for children's animation and "mature" fare48 (43.6%)
Just leave it the way it is and they can compete with other animated shows14 (12.7%)

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Rose

Watch Family Guy Episodes for free @ http://www.freetv123.com/index.php/family-guy/

July 04 2008 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

How do you compare Venture Bros. and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:

In the 'absurdly awesome' category of course.

June 03 2008 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric Matisoff

Blue Harvest = Emmy

June 03 2008 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick R

"...it's a tremendous long shot that an animated show can be nominated over the live-action comedy series it will be facing."

Especially if that animated show is Family Guy.

June 03 2008 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M-D

I don't know if "Family Guy" really has a chance in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, but if "Two and a Half Men" can get nominated...

June 02 2008 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DK

If we're talking this season? The word "Emmy" should not even be considered.

June 02 2008 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ShadowGod

Family Guy is great, but come on the "Blue Harvest" Star Wars episode was horrible.

June 02 2008 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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