October 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm #304592
Ever wonder what Gold Derby’s editors & writers say to each other behind the scenes, kicking back, just bitching among themselves? Well, here’s a fun string of comments I grabbed from recent emails as we discussed the sorry state of next year’s drama races at the Emmys — Click Here:October 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm #304594
Riley, what does your comment about MF being a solid sixth place mean?October 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm #304595
Really? Lizzy Caplan, she is great, but is she that good to win the emmy? I would keep an eye on Sheen, the show is centered on him and if what critics are saying is true, he better start writing his.October 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm #304597
Modern Family will certainly be nominated, but I do not think
that it has a chance of winning because the Emmys are moving on. We
have seen this before with The West Wing and Mad Men. The fourth season of each won only one other Emmy. Mad Men won hairstyling; The West Wing and Modern Family won directing. The two years after that, Mad Men won nothing and The West Wing won only supporting actress once. I think that we are seeing something similar happen here with Modern Family.
What is important to remember is that the snubs were not necessarily indicative of declining quality or poor tapes. Mad Men‘s
fourth season contained “The Suitcase”, which was widely seen as a slam
dunk for writing and lead actor. I consider the fourth and fifth
seasons of Mad Men its two best. Modern Family‘s
fourth season had win-competitive tapes submitted in both supporting
categories. But for the most part, it did not matter: the Emmys had
But what if nothing emerges as a strong alternative? I
do not think that it matters. Merritt Wever and Tony Hale were not
strong alternatives in the slightest this year, but voters did not want
to award Modern Family. Was Homeland that strong if it could only pick up nine nominations and lost a year later?
But if they are so weak, how did they still win series for their fourth seasons? Yes, Modern Family did have legitimate competition this year. But so did The West Wing and Mad Men in their fourth seasons. The fourth season of The West Wing lost writing, lead actor, lead actress and supporting actor to The Sopranos. The fourth season of Mad Men lost the Producers Guild Award, the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award and the Directors Guild Award to Boardwalk Empire. There were strong alternatives, but hey, these are series that had already won the top race three times
consecutively. These series once had very wide support, so they still had considerable fumes to run on.October 21, 2013 at 12:24 am #304598
As for “solid sixth place,” I would throw “Homeland” in there. Just going on quality alone, this season is pretty much terrible. It will still be nominated, but it doesn’t have a chance in heck of winning again.October 21, 2013 at 1:35 am #304599
I agree with the Homeland comment. If OITNB were in the drama categories, and BE + MM had strong seasons this year, I might even predict a snub.
As for MF not winning a fifth, there’s a certain other comedy series that *only* won directing and comedy series when it claimed the top prize for the fourth year in a row — Frasier. Much like MF, they were snubbed in the writing category that year as well (and they had won the year prior!). They also lost all of their acting bids that night.
And yet they won comedy series for the fifth time the year after.October 21, 2013 at 5:32 am #304600
Modern Family could have won at least one supporting Emmy if Eric Stonestreet had been nominated or those actual nominees, especially Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen, had submitted better. Their tapes were very underwhelming, but to be fair, so was the rest of the competitions. With no clear frontrunners, Tony Hale and Merritt Wever might have had enough no.2 and 3 votes to pull off wins.
Modern Family could win Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year. It’s definitely not unheard of. The buzz is slowly dwindling down, but if there are no other shows as a strong alternative, it might win again. In the series categories, I think the buzz plays as important, if not more, a role as submissions. Unlike the acting categories, we rarely saw a totally unexpected winner in these fields. Wonder how many series wins 30 Rock could have had if Modern Family had never existed.