Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. Tony Hale is entering the “Veep” episode titled “East Wing.” Keegan-Michael Key from the sketch show “Key and Peele” has chosen “Sex Detective.”
This is the third straight Emmy nomination for Hale, who won this same category in 2013 for playing Gary Walsh, the loyal aide to President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). In “East Wing,” the second episode of the fourth season, the president’s staff is preparing for a state visit from the Israeli prime minister. After years of verbal abuse heaped on him, Gary finally loses his cool and lets his real feelings be known.
Last year, Key reaped a writing nomination for “Key and Peele.” This time around, he has four other bids beside Supporting Comedy Actor, as a producer with partner Jordan Peele in the Best Variety Sketch Series category, another series writing nod as well as one for the duo’s Super Bowl special, and a short-format live action nomination for “Key and Peele Presents Van and Mike.”
In his episode, which was the seventh of this fourth season, the sketches include “a respected sex crimes detective uses unconventional means to solve a case, an action hero rescues his girlfriend, and a frozen yogurt store employee indulges in too many samples.”
We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps.
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