Reading through the list of Best Drama Series nominees and finding only cable, pay cable and internet-exclusive shows this year really hits home just how much the Emmys have changed.
It seems like only yesterday when “The Sopranos” made history in 2004 by becoming the first non-broadcast drama to win the top prize at the Emmys. But a decade later, broadcast network television is so under-represented at the Emmys, it almost feels like an endangered species.
Are the nets really doing that badly or are we Emmywatchers casting them aside too quickly?
Let’s grade each of the old-school broadcasters and find out who’s passing the Emmy test and who’s failing.
When it comes to the Big Four — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC — which network scored the most major nominations in 2013? We’re not referring to all those forgettable “shmemmy” categories like hairstyling and makeup, we’re talking about the major awards that’ll be handed out at the live Primetime Emmys ceremony hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on CBS Sept. 22.
Here’s how our broadcast network grading system works for all the nominated Comedy/Drama series:
*Series nomination = 100 points
*Lead Actor/Actress nomination = 75 points
*Supporting Actor/Actress nomination = 50 points
*Writing/Directing nomination = 25 points
We’re strictly grading the Drama Series and Comedy Series races here, leaving out all contenders from the Movie/Miniseries, Variety, and Reality categories.
Sound fair? Let’s start alphabetically, which means up first in the hot seat is….
Comedy Series “Modern Family” — 100 points
Drama Lead Actress Connie Britton (“Nashville“) — 75 points
Drama Lead Actress Kerry Washington (“Scandal“) — 75 points
Comedy Supporting Actor Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”) — 50 points
Comedy Supporting Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) — 50 points
Comedy Supporting Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) — 50 points
Comedy Supporting Actress Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) — 50 points
Comedy Supporting Actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) — 50 points
Comedy Directing Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”) — 25 points
Comedy Series “The Big Bang Theory” — 100 points
Comedy Lead Actor Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) — 75 points
Comedy Supporting Actress Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) — 50 points
Drama Supporting Actress Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife“) — 50 points
Comedy Series “30 Rock” — 100 points
Comedy Lead Actor Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) — 75 points
Comedy Lead Actress Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) — 75 points
Comedy Lead Actress Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“) — 75 points
Comedy Supporting Actor Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live“) — 50 points
Comedy Supporting Actress Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”) — 50 points
Comedy Writing Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”) — 25 points
Comedy Writing Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield (“30 Rock”) — 25 points
Comedy Writing Greg Daniels (“The Office”) — 25 points
Comedy Directing Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock”) — 25 points
Have you done the math already? If you have, then you know that one network got virtually shut out, while two others made impressively strong showings.
In last place is FOX with only 75 points. The young-skewing network really hurt this year thanks to the unfortunate snubbing of “New Girl” and its three Emmy hopefuls Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson and Max Greenfield. If not for the unexpected mild resurgence of “Glee,” FOX would have earned an embarrassing point total of zero based on our grading system. For curious minds, it’s been two years since FOX was able to get a laffer nominated in the top Comedy Series race (“Glee”) and four years since they made a showing in the Drama Series category (“House“).
Coming in third place is CBS with a ho-hum 275 points. “The Big Bang Theory” is responsible for CBS’s appearance in the top races, but Gold Derby’s experts, editors and users thought it would do even better with nominations, particularly when it came to snubbed supporting players Simon Helberg and Kaley Cuoco. The near-universal shut-out of “The Good Wife” in the major categories also didn’t do any favors for the tiffany network, nor did the snub of last year’s Comedy Actor winner Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“).
With 525 points each, ABC and NBC are tied as the broadcast net with the most major Emmy nominations. ABC is buoyed by three-time reigning champ “Modern Family” (2010, 2011, 2012) while NBC must give thanks to thrice-winning “30 Rock” (2007, 2008, 2009).
All four networks combined, nominees from the various Comedy Series categories account for 1200 out of the 1400-point total, while nominees from the major Drama Series races account for only 200 of the possible 1400 points.
It’s abundantly clear that broadcast networks are still very much in the game when it comes to producing award-worthy comedies. But when it comes to dramas, they’re living in yesteryear.
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