Peter Scolari (‘Girls’) wins Emmy Award for Best Comedy Guest Actor after initially not being nominated

This year’s Emmy Award for Best Comedy Guest Actor went to someone who wasn’t even initially nominated: Peter Scolari (“Girls”). Scolari ranked seventh in the nominations and only scored a bid after “Veep” co-star Peter MacNicol was deemed ineligible due to appearing in too many episodes of that HBO comedy. (See Gold Derby’s reporting.)

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Scolari took down “Saturday Night Live” hosts Larry David and Tracy Morgan, recent category winners Bradley Whitford (“Transparent,” 2015) and Bob Newhart (“The Big Bang Theory,” 2013), and first-time contender Martin Mull (“Veep”). This is only the second Emmy triumph for “Girls” after it took home Best Comedy Casting for the inaugural season in 2012.

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Scolari’s career in television hit its first peak in the 1980s when we was nominated for three Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Supporting Actor in “Newhart.” Almost 30 years later, Scolari is up for his role as Tad Horvath, father to Lena Dunham’s Hannah in HBO’s once Emmy perennial nominee “Girls.” He submitted Season 5’s second episode, “Good Man,” for consideration.

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