Peter MacNicol‘s Emmy loss is Peter Scolari‘s gain. On Wednesday, after Gold Derby asked the TV academy about MacNicol’s eligibility to appear on the guest ballot for “Veep,” they rescinded his nomination for appearing in too many episodes. (Read the full story here.) Scolari, who came in seventh place in the nominations round, now officially replaces MacNicol on the Emmy Awards ballot. This is Scolari’s fourth career nomination following his three supporting bids for “Newhart” (1987-89).
Scolari joins the other five nominees in the Best Comedy Guest Actor race: Larry David (“Saturday Night Live”), Tracy Morgan (“Saturday Night Live”), Martin Mull (“Veep”), Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory”) and last year’s winner Bradley Whitford (“Transparent”). Interestingly enough, Newhart was Scolari’s old boss on the CBS comedy “Newhart” for much of the 1980s.
For those keeping track at home, “Veep” now has 16 total nominations (down from 17) at the 2016 Emmys, while “Girls” now has one (up from zero). HBO’s network-high total of 94 bids remains the same. This afternoon, MacNicol took to Twitter to congratulate Scolari on replacing him at the Emmys:
Congratulations to Peter Scolari on his Emmy nomination! Well done!
— Peter MacNicol (@PeterMacNicol1) July 21, 2016
Last year, the Emmys changed their eligibility rules for the four guest star races. Now, these categories are strictly “for performers appearing in less than 50% of the eligible episodes.” Since MacNicol appeared in five of 10 episodes (i.e., exactly 50%), HBO should have campaigned him as a supporting actor, not a guest star.
Gold Derby’s savvy forum posters were the first to notice MacNicol’s ineligibility, among them our contributor Riley Chow (screen name “thedemonhog”). Jf123 even correctly predicted, “We could see another Henry Winkler situation.” In 2000, Winkler was nominated as a guest star for NBC’s police comedy “Battery Park.” However, after it was discovered that his episode aired after the eligibility deadline of May 31, his nomination was rescinded and William H. Macy (“Sports Night”) replaced him as a nominee. Bruce Willis (“Friends”) won that race.
Voting for the 68th Emmys will begin on August 15 and end August 29. The guest star winners will be revealed during the Creative Arts ceremonies, which take place September 10-11. The Primetime telecast is scheduled to air live on ABC September 18, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
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