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  • Chris Beachum
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    #291465

    BEST COMEDY SERIES:

    “The Big Bang Theory”
    DVD A – “The Closet Reconfiguration” & “The Bakersfield Expedition”
    DVD B – “The Tangible Affection Proof” & “The Egg Salad Equivalency”
    DVD C – “The Love Spell Potential” & “The Spoiler Alert Segmentation”

    “Girls”
    DVD A – “Bad Friend” & “It’s a Shame About Ray”
    DVD B – “One Man’s Trash” & “It’s Back”
    DVD C – “On All Fours” & “Together”

    “Louie”
    DVD A – “Telling Jokes/Set Up” & “Daddy’s Girlfriend, Part 1”
    DVD B – “Late Show Part 1” & “Late Show Part 2”
    DVD C – “Late Show Part 3” & “New Year’s Eve”

    “Modern Family”
    DVD A – “Fulgencio” & “Career Day”
    DVD B – “The Butler’s Escape” & “Arrested”
    DVD C – “Mistery Date” & “Party Crasher”

    “30 Rock”
    DVD A – “Stride of Pride”/A Goon’s Deed in a Weary World”
    DVD B – “Mazel Tov, Dummies”/My Whole Life Is Thunder
    DVD C – “Hogcock”/Last Lunch”

    “Veep”
    DVD A – “Midterms” & “First Response”
    DVD B – “Hostages” & “Helsinki”
    DVD C – “Running” & “D.C.”

    BEST COMEDY DIRECTING:
    Paris Barclay (“Glee”) – “Diva”
    Louis C.K. (“Louie”) – “New Year’s Eve”
    Lena Dunham (“Girls”) – “On All Fours”
    Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”) – “Arrested”
    Beth McCarthy-Miller (“30 Rock”) – “Hogcock!/Last Lunch”

    BEST COMEDY WRITING:
    Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”) – “Hogcock!”
    Louis C.K. & Pamela Adlon (“Louie”) – “Daddy’s Girlfriend, Part 1” 
    David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik (“Episodes”) – “Episode 209”
    Greg Daniels (“The Office”) – “Finale”    
    Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield (“30 Rock”) – “Last Lunch”

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    Chris Beachum
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    #291467

    The “Louie” episode submissions have been confirmed (listed above).

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    Renaton
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    I was afraid he’d submit Late Show Pt. 1. It’s really not that much of an important episode to understand Part 2, which would’ve been  better paired with Part 3. But having Late Show Pt. 3 build into New Year’s Eve is also an excellent move that sorta makes up for it. Tape C of Louie is the best pairing of any of the nominees (only Hogcock!/Last Lunch comes pretty close). I also love tape A. It’s unexpected, but it really works. It’s better to avoid Daddy’s Girlfriend Pt. 2 since it’s divisive and not very funny, but having the hilarious Leo episode with the sweeter Daddy’s Girlfriend Pt. 1 is actually a great move as well. Really, only Late Show Pt. 1 bugs me here. 

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    Riley
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    I do not watch Modern Family, but I think that they botched their submissions (again).  Maybe it finally catches up to them.  I have been predicting Modern Family to have a year like Mad Men‘s fourth win where it only won hairstyling and series, but Mad Men‘s fourth season submitted much better episodes than this, I think.  At least Modern Family submitted their directing nominee because they have not done that before.

    What troubles me is Lost‘s final season.  They pretty much regained all of their nominations from previous years and added a bunch.  On the surface, they would have looked like a strong contender, with nominations for writing, directing, editing, sound and four acting, among others.  But we all knew that they did not stand a chance against Mad Men.  I might be putting too much stock into 30 Rock having nominations for writing, directing, editing, sound and five acting.  Yes, they increased their nominations over the last couple of years, but that probably should have been expected and it is not like they are anywhere close to their series-winning nomination totals.

    Louie retains its third-place position and position as one of only three comedies that can actually win.

    Louie and 30 Rock are respectively my writing and directing predictions.

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    Gabriel
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    I could see a scenario where Modern Family wins regardless of its submissions. We all know that tapes aren’t as important for Series as they are for acting categories. Even though the show has gone downhill for the past 2 seasons now, voters could (and probably will) check it off regardless.

    The two shows most deserving to win are Louie and 30 Rock, imo.

    For writing, I think Last Lunch will take this. “Hogcock!” is out of the race by default, right? I can’t imagine anyone voting for that episode over “Last Lunch”, unless they’re confused as to which one is the final episode.

    For directing, I think Hogcock!/Last Lunch will win.

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    Miss Frost
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    I wouldn’t be surprised if voters lazily vote for Modern Family again, but I’d say based on quality, Series is a three way horse race between 30 Rock, Louie, and Veep.

    I think Fey has Writing in the bag. That was a beautifully directed and written episode.

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    moviefan61794
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    Watched all the tapes for Writing. I’m predicting Fey and Wigfield for “Last Lunch”. While I don’t think it’s the funniest episode of the batch, it wraps the series up perfectly, it’s got heart and laughs, it has memorable moments (“Rural Juror” song is an absolute), and I think voters won’t shy away from rewarding Fey one last time for the show. I do think “Hogcock!” is the funniest episode of the bunch, so that could work in it’s favor. I also really enjoyed “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part 1)” as someone who has only seen a few episodes of “Louie”. He’s definitely a spoiler since he won this last year with a much-less funny episode (personally, I thought he should’ve won directing over writing last year). “Finale” for “The Office” is a very good episode, and this is coming from someone who tried to stick with the show after Steve Carell’s departure, but ultimately gave up. I don’t see it having enough support for a win, though. And the “Episodes” nomination was a bit of a head-scratcher. Some funny moments, but definitely not among the five best written episodes of comedic television this season. Would’ve rather seen episodes for “Girls,” “New Girl,” “Parks and Recreation,” or “Veep,” to name a few. But I think “Last Lunch” will win writing.

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    Renaton
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    I’m predicting C.K. to win writing. There are three finale episodes in writing, and the writing branch isn’t very sentimental.

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    Riley
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    C.K. won two writing Emmys last year and 30 Rock was not even nominated.  Finale buzz got it the nomination, but I ultimately think that the branch will not be so sentimental, like Renaton said.

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    This race kinda reminds me of 1977’s powerhouse showdown. Family sitcom vs. single gal juggling a male-dominated workplace and a personal life, with the latter in its farewell season and getting multiple writing noms vs. the former’s 0. Of course, Mary was the one on a current hot streak, and here Modern Family is, but still.

    The only example of a 4x consecutive winner is Frasier whose 4th season won Directing again. 1st-time nominee and 2-acting-winner 3rd Rock lacked directing/writing noms while the dominant episodic nommed show Larry Sanders couldn’t get an actual win till the next, final season (when Frasier & Niles took the male acting categories again, Larry Sanders was still a cable show with ample farewell gifts vs. its overall record, and Ally was an hourlong not yet proven with Emmy voters).

    I don’t think Lost is a great comparison for 30 Rock, as it missed Series multiple times, had 2 fewer Series wins, and missed Directing for 2 years before the final season while 30 Rock had just one off year. Recently-ish Everybody Loves Raymond lost its directing/writing noms between its winning years and went from a 0-win year to a Series trophy + double acting wins for its farewell.

    As for Writing as a category, I know it’s iconic and all, but Ellen’s Puppy Episode won despite the show being mostly ignored for its writing before/after.

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    DamianWayne
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    Watched the 6 episodes for Louie today and they are… strangely depressing. This is my first experience with the show so I went into it thinking I was going to get laugh out loud moments all the way through and I didn’t. That said, these were some STRONG choices and I doubt I’ll be dropping this from the #1 spot.

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    CanadianFan
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    Well, at least you didn’t watch “Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 2” or the one where he visits his dad. Looking back, the third season had a lot of weird stuff… did his rendezvous with the creepy girl who has family issues make it in? I hope not. There’s also an episode where a kid defecates in a bathtub, a depressing meeting with Robin Williams, a transient friendship with an attractive foreigner and an awkward talk with Chloe Sevigny.

    If it wins comedy series (I don’t think it will), it will certainly be the most unconventional winner ever.

     

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    Renaton
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    I don’t find the episodes picked very depressing. Maybe in the final tape (although New Year’s Eve ends sorta on a happy/bittesweet/funny note), but the other four aren’t. I mean, Daddy’s Girlfriend Pt. 1 even ends in a moment of triumph. 

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Comedy Series
    1. 30 Rock
    2. Modern Family
    3. Louie
    4. Veep
    5. The Big Bang Theory
    6. Girls

    Writing in a Comedy Series
    1. “Daddy’s Girlfriend (Part I), Louie
    2. “Last Lunch”, 30 Rock
    3. “Hogcock!”, 30 Rock
    4. “Finale”, The Office
    5. “Episode 209”, Episodes

    Directing in a Comedy Series
    1. “Hogcock!/Last Lunch”, 30 Rock
    2. “New Year’s Eve”, Louie
    3. “Arrested”, Modern Family
    4. “On All Fours”, Girls
    5. “Diva”, Glee                    

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    Nicole Dunn
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    Although it appears to be in the top four of peoples predictions, I think alot of people are underestimating Veep.
    I am not disputing that directing/writing nods are telling signs for eventual winners but I feel the expansion of nominees, to include Hale and Chlumsky(who are both fantastic, but had little buzz outside of these forums) is a really good sign for the show. They submitted extremely, extremely well, and with JLD and Tony Hale both in the top 2 of their catergories according to everyones prediction, I think they will give 30 Rock and MF a good run for their money.

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