Can any comedy series beat ‘Modern Family’ for the top Emmy?

Last year’s Best Comedy Series champ “Modern Family” is strongly favored to repeat this year. All 11 of our editors predict the series to prevail again. And an overwhelmingly majority of Gold Derby’s site users expect the ABC laffer to win a bookend award. Currently, 82% of them are predicting a win for “Modern Family,” with “Parks and Recreation” getting 6% support while “The Big Bang Theory” and “Glee” are each at 4%. Just 2% of our users expect three-time champ “30 Rock” to win again while just 1% forecast 2006 winner “The Office” to take home a second Emmy.

“Modern Family” leads all laffers at this year’s Emmy nominations earning 17 bids in all. That haul has it in fourth place behind “Mildred Pierce” (21), “Mad Men” (19) and “Boardwalk Empire” (18). Ed O’Neill, who plays the patriarch, was snubbed last year by the Emmys but now joins the rest of his adult co-stars who all reaped repeat nominations. Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, O’Neill and last year’s winner Eric Stonestreet all contend in Supporting Comedy Actor while Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara are once again in the race for Supporting Comedy Actress.

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Of the other Best Comedy Series nominees: “30 Rock” landed three acting bids for series regulars (leads Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and supporting player Jane Krakowski); “The Big Bang Theory” has two lead nods (Johnny Galecki and last year’s winner Jim Parsons); “Glee” has two supporting noms (last year’s champ Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer) and both “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” earned one apiece for leads Steve Carell and Amy Poehler respectively.

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“Modern Family” is a hit with both the public and the critics. About 12 million viewers tune in each week while the predominanly postitive reviews yield a score of 87 at Metacritic. Matt Roush of TV Guide  says the show, “feels to me like a modern yet timeless classic, the best and most reliably hilarious of its type since ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ went off the air.” “Raymond” was a two-time Emmy winner in the top comedy race (2003, 2005). 

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Modern Family”

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ty Burrell (“Good Cop, Bad Dog”)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Halloween”)
Ed O’Neill (“The Kiss”)
Eric Stonestreet (“Mother’s Day”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julie Bowen (“Strangers on a Treadmill”)
Sofia Vergara (“Slow Down Your Neighbors”)

BEST COMEDY GUEST ACTOR
Nathan Lane (“Boys’ Night”)

BEST COMEDY SERIES DIRECTING
Steve Levitan (“See You Next Fall”)
Gail Mancuso (“Slow Down Your Neighbors”)
Michael Alan Spiller (“Halloween”)

BEST COMEDY SERIES WRITING
Steve Levitan and Jeffrey Richman (“Caught in the Act”)

BEST ART DIRECTION – SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
Richard Berg and Amber Haley (“Halloween”)

BEST CASTING – COMEDY SERIES
Jeff Greenberg

BEST PICTURE EDITING – COMEDY SERIES
Ryan Case (“Halloween”)
Jonathan Maxwell Schwartz (“Slow Down Your Neighbors”)

BEST SOUND MIXING – HALF-HOUR COMEDY OR DRAMA SERIES AND ANIMATION
Stephen A. Tibbo, Dean Okrand and Brian R. Harman (“Halloween”)

Below, watch “Modern Family” co-creator Steven Levitan accepting the Emmy last year for Best Comedy Series.

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