Last year was a bad one for new television comedies according to the Emmy Awards. Indeed, it may have even been the worst ever. Not one rookie laffer numbered among the 24 scripted live-action comedies nominated across two dozen categories.
Perhaps “The Mindy Project” came closest. After all, it was nominated for Best New Series by both the Television Critics Assn. and Writers Guild of America; however, the Emmys have no equivalent category. While Sutton Foster was nominated at the Critics’ Choice TV Awards for her leading performance in “Bunheads,” that series really had no shot at the Emmys. Not only was it cancelled after just one season, but it aired on ABC Family and that network has never scored an Emmy nomination.
That shutout could all change this year. Indeed, it may well look a lot like 2010 when freshman shows “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “Nurse Jackie” made up half of the Comedy Series slate and accounted for seven of the nine Emmy winners in the major comedy categories.
With the end of “30 Rock,” there is at least one open slot in the race for Best Comedy Series. Two new series — Netflix’s prison dramedy “Orange is the New Black” and Fox’s detective laffer “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — are both ahead of 2011 nominee “Parks and Recreation.”
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