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Emmy Picks: Best Comedy Series

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 26th 2010 2:02PM
The nominees for Best Comedy at the 2010 Emmys
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.

'30 Rock'
'Curb Your Enthusiasm'
'Modern Family'
'Nurse Jackie'
'The Office'

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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Probably the worst thing ever written: "'Modern Family' had the best first season of any comedy since 'Arrested Development..."

Modern Family should never be mentioned in the same breath as Arrested Development. Mod. Family appears to be written for 10 year olds or the folks who think Two and a Half Men would be funnier with less sex. It's insipid, bland and unoriginal. It's nothing like AD. Nothing. Watch any of season 1 AD (Netflix has it on watch instantly) and 7 years after its debut, AD is still far funnier than anything on TV now.

August 27 2010 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have this megastrong hunch that Glee will lose. It's kitschy and history shows us that sometimes "the big, new thing" isn't wholly embraced. Case in point?: Desperate Housewives, which seemed like a shoo-in to win Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005, but lost to Everybody Loves Raymond's final season. In this scenario, I can see Modern Family "upsetting", especially with the 5/6 ensemble nods. (Grrr @ Jon Cryer.) I mean, I could bitch and moan about the robberies of Party Down, Community, Parks and Recreation, Chuck, and so forth, but since they got it right for the most part, I hope they get the winner right as well....

August 26 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

MODERN FAMILY MUST WIN! if it goes to GLEE then I will lose all faith in the TV academy GLEE is not very funny so how it could possibly win in the category of Best Comedy series MODERN FAMILY & CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM are the 2 funniest shows in this category so one of those shows should win

August 26 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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