John Goodman has enjoyed a long history with the Emmy Awards, reaping 11 bids over the past quarter century. But he has only one win to show for all of that hard work. Could his rookie comedy series “Alpha House” finally get him that bookend trophy?
Goodman will be listed on the ballot as Best Comedy Actor for the program which streams on Amazon. In this laffer, which was just renewed for a second season, he plays a Republican senator who lives with three other senators (played by Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy) in Washington. With over 6,000 five-star reviews, it ranks as the most popular TV series on Amazon’s Instant Video service.
The series was created by Academy Award nominee Garry Trudeau (“A Doonesbury Special,” 1977). In 1975, his comic strip “Doonesbury” was the first daily to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Best Editorial Cartoon. Before then, only single panel editorial cartoons had prevailed.
Political shows have been red hot recently with Emmy voters. Just last year alone, “House of Cards,” “Homeland,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Scandal,” and “Veep” all reaped major nominations and/or wins.
Goodman’s biggest television success was as family patriarch Dan Conner on the ABC laffer “Roseanne.” He earned seven consecutive Emmy bids 1989-1995 for the role but lost every time to: Ted Danson (twice for “Cheers”), Kelsey Grammer (twice for “Fraiser”), Richard Mulligan (“Empty Nest”), Craig T. Nelson (“Coach”), and Burt Reynolds (“Evening Shade”).
He earned three movie/miniseries nominations but was defeated for those as well. His lead nod was for “Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long” in 1995 (losing to Raul Julia, “The Burning Season”). He had supporting nods for “A Streetcar Named Desire in 1996 (losing to Tom Hulce, “The Heidi Chronicles”) and “You Don’t Know Jack” in 2010 (losing to David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin”).
His one Emmy win came in 2007 for a guest spot for Aaron Sorkin‘s short-lived drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” For the showy role of Judge Robert Bebe, he defeated Christian Clemenson (“Boston Legal”), Tim Daly (“The Sopranos”), David Morse (“House”), Eli Wallach (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”), and Forest Whitaker (“E.R.”).
In addition to “Alpha House,” Goodman will most likely be on the Emmy ballot for two other performances. In the Starz miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” he played the supporting role of Walter Masterson, one of the richest men in the world during the 1930s jazz era. And last December, he returned to guest host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time since 2001.
Will Goodman make it an even dozen Emmy nominations this year?
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