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  • dude93
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    #326550

    Don’t think there’s been any good discussion threads re these categories, so here’s a place to discuss them.

    Outstanding Comedy Series:
    The Big Bang Theory
    Louie
    Modern Family
    Orange is the New Black
    Silicon Valley
    Veep

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
    Episodes – ‘Episode Five’ (David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik)
    Louie – ‘So Did the Fat Lady’ (Louis CK)
    Orange is… – ‘I Wasn’t Ready’ (Pilot) (Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan)
    Silicon Valley – ‘Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency’ (Alec Berg)
    Veep – ‘Special Relationship’ (Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci, Tony Roche)

    Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:
    Episodes – ‘Episode Nine’ (Iain B. MacDonald)
    Glee – ‘100’ (Paris Barclay)
    Louie – ‘Elevator, Part 6’ (Louis CK)
    Modern Family – ‘Las Vegas’ (Gail Mancuso)
    Orange is… – ‘Lesbian Request Denied’ (Jodie Foster)
    Silicon Valley – ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (Mike Judge)
     

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    Reiza Rinah Ray
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    I am voting based on the tapes and the screenplays. I am placing them in order of what I think should win.

    Outstanding Comedy Series:
    Modern Family
    Orange is the New Black
    Veep
    Silicon Valley
    Louie
    The Big Bang Theory

    Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series:
    Orange is The New Black – ‘I Wasn’t Ready’ (Pilot) (Liz Friedman, Jenji Kohan)
    Veep – ‘Special Relationship’ (Simon Blackwell, Armando Ianucci, Tony Roche)
    Louie – ‘So Did the Fat Lady’ (Louis CK)
    Episodes – ‘Episode Five’ (David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik)
    Silicon Valley – ‘Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency’ (Alec Berg)

    Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series:
    Orange is The New Black – ‘Lesbian Request Denied’ (Jodie Foster)
    Modern Family – ‘Las Vegas’ (Gail Mancuso)
    Glee – ‘100’ (Paris Barclay)
    Silicon Valley – ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (Mike Judge)
    Louie – ‘Elevator, Part 6’ (Louis CK)
    Episodes – ‘Episode Nine’ (Iain B. MacDonald)

    Trust me, Episodes deserved a Best Comedy nomination MORE than Big Bang (sorry lovers).
     

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    dude93
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    Does this year not remind anyone of 2005 with the whole Desperate Housewives conundrum. Orange, like Housewives, is a female-driven hour-long dramedy show with multiple nominations (incl. an array of acting nods). Perhaps Housewives couldn’t win in 2005 for its freshman season for the same reasons Orange won’t win: female driven, too dramatic at times, not ‘family’ enough or accessible enough, etc, etc… 

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    I hope Jodie won’t Fincher her way to the emmys,
    and I want Veep to win best comedy writing! 

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    Reiza Rinah Ray
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    Yes, I have heard of the saying that history repeats itself. Like the new MS is JL (I hope you know who I am referring to).

    I am agreeing with the fact that Orange Is The New Black being a female-driven dramedy. But, remember this and keep it in mind: People are selected to vote every year and then choose a category to vote in. HBO shows have no problem with holding five or more wins since they have the most members at the TV Academy.

    I, who represent no television network, did not vote in 2005 for Best Comedy. But I did WISH for Arrested Development to pick up a second win.

    In addition, make the right tape selections, then you’ll have some love. 

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    That is a good pont about how most shows that win this category have a mix-gendered cast but “Sex and the City” pulled off a surprise win in 2001 and that is a female driven show, though it is more comedic than “Orange” 

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    Reiza Rinah Ray
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    That is a good pont about how most shows that win this category have a mix-gendered cast but “Sex and the City” pulled off a surprise win in 2001 and that is a female driven show, though it is more comedic than “Orange” 

    Of course, we can’t forget about this. Sex and the City is a female-driven show.

    But the Academy is not judgemental or biased. They just vote on what they think IS the best.

    But the big suprise would be: Modern Family finally steps down and the award is awarded to one of the other five nominees.

     

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    I think MF will win comedy series this year because voters are well aware of the history attached – that it will tie for the overall record with Frasier. That’s simply too great a feat to dodge just because the show’s in its fifth season. It was quite a stellar year for the show – arguably the best since season 1 – but I think it will get the top prize again this year. Audra McDonald got her sixth Tony this year for Lady Day, beating Cherry Jones, and in my estimation, the only reason she got that sixth Tony (apart from it being a strong performance) was because voters were so in touch with her setting an all-new record for most performing Tonys. This leads me to believe that – coupled with the fact that there is no single strong alternative this year – MF will win its fifth Emmy, not by default though.

    I don’t know where we are next year, though, with this award. If MF has an excellent sixth season, will it win again? Orange had a superb second season, and Veep will most likely bring the goods once again for season four next year, so are we in the same boat for 2015? What show will finally break the mould? 

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    If “Modern Family” wins a 6th time then I have had it with the EMMYs! They must be fatigued by it by next year and give it something really deserving. Do any of you think the reason “VEEP” has not win is because it’s an HBO show and they cuss so much? “MOD FAM” is loved by the academy because it appeals to all ages. 

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    Audra McDonald got her sixth Tony this year for Lady Day, beating Cherry Jones, and in my estimation, the only reason she got that sixth Tony (apart from it being a strong performance) was because voters were so in touch with her setting an all-new record for most performing Tonys. This leads me to believe that – coupled with the fact that there is no single strong alternative this year – MF will win its fifth Emmy, not by default though.

    That wasn’t the only history Audra McDonald made. She now has wins in all four acting categories: Lead/Musical, Featured/Musical, Featured/Play, and, for Lady Day, Lead/Play. I’ll always wonder if Cherry Jones would have won had The Glass Menagerie continued on throughtout the voting period. I think that really hurt it, not to mention the Tonys didn’t show it any love (instead opting for A Raisin in the Sun). 

    Ironically, I’ve wondered when this would happen at the Emmys, with their six categories in Drama and Comedy (even better if they can snag wins in Lead and Supporting in Mini/TV-Movie). Right now, Allison Janney looks the likeliest. She has wins in Lead/Drama and Supp/Drama. This year, I’m predicting her to win both Guest/Drama and Supporting/Comedy. That leaves her needing wins in Lead/Comedy and Guest/Comedy. Adding to that frustration is she could have bumped Melissa Leo out of winning last year had she been submitted in Guest/Comedy (my favorite Guest performance by an actress that season) for Veep. Gah. Maybe her character will come back in season four and HBO will submit her. 

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    And call me crazy, but down the road (if Mom continues), I could see her being submitted as a lead (like what happened with her CJ in West Wing) and winning. Armed with a baity, hammy tape like her submission this year in comedy, she could easily win the lead actress category. 

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    If “Modern Family” wins a 6th time then I have had it with the EMMYs! They must be fatigued by it by next year and give it something really deserving. Do any of you think the reason “VEEP” has not win is because it’s an HBO show and they cuss so much? “MOD FAM” is loved by the academy because it appeals to all ages. 

    The funny (ie pathetic) thing is that the academy probably thinks that Modern Family is edgy and groundbreaking. When in reality it is so bland and vanilla. It took 5 years for Cam and Mitchell to have an on-screen kiss…

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    ^^ Not true.

    They kissed in the second episode of season two. It was appropriately titled “The Kiss”.  

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    Right it is super bland and Cam and Mitch kissed only twice in the whole series while there have occasionally been sex jokes or comments about Claire and Phil and Gloria and Jay (With one story being about Claire and Phil getting caught naked by their kids) there has never been a single mention of Cam and Mitch having sex. So the show really is not edgy one bit which I say is because it is on ABC owned by family entertainment giant Disney and thus they could only discuss sex in the tamest ways possible. Hell pretty much every sitcom on CBS and NBC is edgier. It really does bug me that in the drama category they go for the edgiest shows when in comedy category they usually go for bland family skewing shows like “Raymond”. 

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    I really think, with the Emmys, we have truly entered a new era with regard to the comedy series category. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, the award usually went to the best comedy on TV. If that were true now, Veep or Orange should win this year. Modern Family deserved its title in 2010, but Parks, Louie, and Veep deserved the best comedy Emmys in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Now, the voters are happy to repeat apparently five times in a row. I’m a die hard Modern Family fan, even when it has had poorer seasons (2 and 4, IMO), so I’m quite happy to see it win any award at the Emmys, but I do think they should be spreading the wealth more.

    It’s just a bit tricky this year since Modern has had its best year yet since season 1, and it also faces competition from Veep, which has had its best season to date (Daniwa!) and Orange, which is a cultural phenomenon.  

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