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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Comedy Series

22 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a day away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

Louie_logo  “LOUIE”

This was an insanely great season of television, featuring wonderful guest stars in Melissa Leo and Parker Posey, always hilarious situations, and a surprisingly emotional final arc.

images  “30 ROCK”

In the final season of the beloved show, Tina Fey, her writers, and the rest of the cast pulled off one of the best endings of all time. The series finale was perfect, and the episodes leading up to it was full of classic 30 Rock humor, fast paced dialogue, and character moments for the people we’ve come to love.

New-Girl-Logo  “NEW GIRL”

The second season of the show elevated it from good to great, becoming more hilarious than ever. It also deftly handled the Nick-Jess relationship in a way that a central sitcom relationship has never been handled before. Deschanel and Johnson are brilliant, and Greenfield and Morris round out the cast nicely.

Enlightened_logo-300x155  “ENLIGHTENED”

I loved this show. It was realistic, genuine, moving, and hilarious, and Laura Dern and Mike White did some of the most fantastic acting I’ve seen on television, and the ending was pretty much perfect. It’s not a show for everyone, but give it a try. It will draw you in. *Expect TV Classic coverage of the show in the winter.

veep-81  “VEEP”

The biting, satirical HBO comedy was on its game once again last year. It delivered episode after episode of quotable insults, hilarious facial expressions, and cringe-worthy situations. It also sports one of the best casts on TV.

1024px-Girls_logo  “GIRLS”

I had a hard time choosing between this and “Parks and Recreation” for the final spot, but I ultimately went here because I thought it did a better job of telling a complex, cohesive storyline. All the actors did wonderful work portraying people heading down dark paths, and the show was still funny.

Who should win?

It’s between Enlightened and Louie.

Others considered: Parks and Recreation, Archer, The Office, Happy Endings, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Wilfred, The Big Bang Theory, Arrested Development, Raising Hope, The Middle

On to the real nominations…

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

Girls

Louie

Modern Family

Veep

Which should win?

Louie

Which will win?

30 Rock

Analysis: I’m feeling it, guys. I’m feeling Modern Family’s streak will end. However, it’s a toss up between 30 Rock and Big Bang for the win, and I’m going with 30 Rock due to possible final season nostalgia. However, Louie is still the absolute best of the six shows, and I’m happy it was at least recognized.

Credit to Louie, Girls, Enlightened, 30 Rock, New Girl, Veep, FOX, HBO, NBC, and FX for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

28 Aug

It’s Emmy season again! Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s only a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category (I’m only focusing on certain nomination fields, but I might lump some of the technical and writing/directing categories into one big post later on). Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Dream Ballot

Jenna-Fischer-of-The-Office_gallery_primaryJENNA FISCHER, “The Office”

This was not Jenna Fischer’s best year on The Office, but it was a fantastic year. I’ll let that sink in for a bit. She’s been consistently wonderful, but astonishingly, she’s only been nominated once. In an up and down final season, she anchored a dramatic storyline that could make you roll your eyes in annoyance or burst into tears. No matter which it was, she was the glue holding the show together all the way to the end.

Jane-Krakowski-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  JANE KRAKOWSKI, “30 Rock”

Although she wasn’t nominated last year, the swan song of 30 Rock was enough to bring her back into the fold. She did some fantastic work in the final few episodes of the series; constantly hilarious, constantly surprising, and constantly Jenna Maroney. I will always miss you, Rural Juror.

happy-endings-20120403040230005  ELISHA CUTHBERT, “Happy Endings”

Oh, Happy Endings. I miss you so much. I really hate that this was neither renewed nor picked up for a fourth season, but I’m thankful that the series was able to highlight Cuthbert’s comedic range. Alex grew into one of my favorite television characters, and she portrayed the awkwardness of her character in an excellent way.

anna-chlumsky-veep-emmys  ANNA CHLUMSKY, “Veep”

Amy is a sarcastic, hilarious character that I can never get enough of. Veep is the funniest show on TV when it comes to reaction shots, and Chlumsky is the queen of reaction shots. Every word that comes out of her mouth and every facial expression she makes is top notch comedy.

Aubrey-Plaza-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  AUBREY PLAZA, “Parks and Recreation”

Plaza has done some fantastic work with April, even while Amy Poehler gets all the recognition (don’t get me wrong, she deserves it all). Her twisted mind leads to hilarious lines, and the season really showcased all aspects of her character.

EDEN SHER  EDEN SHER, “The Middle”

I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of the show. However, I’ve watched enough episodes to know that Eden Sher is fantastic. She’s over the top, but doesn’t exude a sense of buffoonery at all. Her work is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, and lovable, and she has an easy spot in the nominations.

 

 

 

WHO SHOULD WIN? Honestly, I don’t know. This is one of those categories where I’d be fine with any of them winning.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Mayim Bialik, Judy Greer, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Eliza Coupe, Ellie Kemper, Cheryl Hines, Jessica Walter (Archer and Arrested Development), Kate McKinnon, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hanigan, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever

On to the real nominations…

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”

Who Should Win?

Krakowski

Who Will Win?

Bowen

Analysis: Krakowski deserves it for the excellent work in the later parts of the final season, hilarious throughout and heartbreaking near the end. I don’t think the Emmy voters will break the Julie Bowen monopoly and honor Krakowski one final time, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did so. Right behind her is Bialik.

Credit to NBC, ABC, HBO, Veep, The Middle, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and Happy Endings for all pictures. I own nothing.

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