Emmy Picks: Best Comedy Series
by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 2:02PM
With the Emmy awards just days away, I'm continuing to pick who I think should and who I think will win the major awards.
Earlier today, I discussed the Best Drama Series category. We'll close out the picks with a look at the Best Comedy category.
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
Who will win: This is where the Academy will pay tribute to the 'Glee' mania that gripped the country in 2009-10. It's hard to say whether the show actually deserves the award, since it was so maddeningly inconsistent in it's inaugural season. But when the show was at its best, it gave audiences rousing moments of comedy and drama, and of song and dance, that sparked a new interest in school music programs and put musical theatre in a spotlight it hasn't been in for at least three decades. For its cultural impact alone, it'll likely get the award.
Who should win: 'Modern Family' had the best first season of any comedy since 'Arrested Development,' and if it didn't come out the same year as 'Glee,' it would have won. Somehow, Steven Levitan and Chistopher Lloyd took the the traditional family comedy and turned it on its head, with three interesting and interconnected families and a documentary format that doesn't get obtrusive. And, judging by the fact that five out of the six leads were nominated, the Academy knows that the ensemble is one of the best on television. Hopefully, it'll have its chance at more Emmys down the line.
Dark Horse: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' for two reasons: 1) Its brilliant 'Seinfeld' reunion story arc this past season and 2) the fact that, with Larry David making the show's continuation a year-by-year decision, the Academy might not get too many more chances to honor the show.
Who do you think will take home the Emmy?
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