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NBC’s Comedy Streak in Serious Jeopardy. ITS OVER

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    With 30 Rock ending, NBC’s amazing Comedy Series streak is about to end.

    The network has had at least one series nominated in every ceremony since 1982. With the ultimate achievement in 1987, having all five nominees in the category.

    The longest network streaks ever for Comedy Series are

    32 NBC 1982-2013

    16 CBS 1971-1986

    15 CBS 1953-1969

    12 HBO 1993-2005

    9  ABC 1963-1973

    The only NBC candidates to fill 30 Rock’s spot are Parks and Recreation and The Michael J. Fox Show. With the current status of both series, it does look likely that the streak will end.

     

    For comparison, here are the longest network streaks in Drama Series. 1952 was the 1st year that the major networks competed.

    54 NBC 1952-2007

    16 CBS 1952-1969

    13 ABC 1966-1978

    12 CBS 1978-1989

    9  HBO 1999-2007

    The 2008 ceremony had 6 nominees, yet NBC and HBO were both left out.

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    I had Parks as a possible contender if it could get a final season narrative…but considering how terribly other NBC comedies are doing, that doesn’t seem realistic.

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    Riley
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    #304502

    Your user name is “placeholder” and that is exactly what every single one of NBC’s current sitcoms is!

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    NBC will be snubbed next year unless Michael J. Fox Show finds traction with critics and industry awards.

    My feeling is that The Crazy Ones and Brooklyn Nine Nine stand a better shot of getting the broadcast slot from 30 Rock than any of the sitcoms NBC has right now (and yes, that includes Parks), and even there, they are not a sure thing. It could very easily go to a cable comedy. Or Orange Is The New Black comes in and that’s it. But I think with the end of 30 Rock, so does it end NBC’s hold on Comedy Series.

     

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    NBC’s streak is certain to end this year. Parks doesn’t have final season buzz, and The Michael J. Fox Show is hemorrhaging in the ratings right now. I remember being so optimistic about MJF being a ratings juggernaut and potential critical darling…

    I agree with the above: The Crazy Ones and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are the networks’ only chances to break through. I suspect that only happens if Girls gets dropped, because Orange Is The New Black, much to my chagrin, seems poised to make a big splash in the comedy categories.

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    I’m not convinced yet, though I would count Michael J. Fox out almost entirely.  Parks and Rec is not likely to get back in, but considering all the press that the backstage shenanigans have gotten, Community could swoop in depending on how it’s received when it returns.  The Crazy Ones does seem likelier, but I don’t see Brooklyn Nine-Nine having a better shot than Parks and Rec or even New Girl.

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    I think Episodes and Nurse Jackie are bigger threats than Brooklyn Nine Nine and New Girl.

    Nurse Jackie – One of the 5 Casting nominees, snagged 3 acting noms inc a shocking win
    Episodes – The only returning comedy besides Louie in Writing last year, got another Actor nom

    New Girl – 0 noms
    B99 – Mildly positive reviews, mediocre ratings, toplined by a guy who’s more an Internet thing than an industry fave, Lonely Island original songs aside 

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    #304507

    With the right campaign Parks and Rec could get back in, otherwise I doubt it, but why wouldn’t NBC campaign for it? MJF isn’t as big of a success as they hoped and forget about the rest. Of the new comedies Brooklyn 9-9 probably has the best chance to get nominated

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    The only hope NBC has is The Michael J Fox Show. It still has, only just I think, a positive rating on metacritics. Even if there are better comedies, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Crazy Ones, there is a narrative here with the importance factor and what might feel to voters like an obligation to the peacock. My current comedy series line up is:

    Modern Family
    Louie
    Veep
    Orange Is The New Black
    The Big Bang Theory
    The Michael J Fox Show

    I think The Crazy Ones can get in over TMJF Show, but it will need to steamroll ahead to TMJF Show to gain that slot. TMJF Show will be the main focus for NBC, but TBBT will take presedence for CBS over The Crazy Ones, as, in their opinion, its more likely to win comedy series.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    I think people constantly overestimate Parks & Recreation’s Emmy chances on these boards. Poehler never had a chance at this year’s ceremony. The show has been snubbed the past 2 years for Series, and its lost buzz with each season, and they’ve never nominated Nick Offerman.
    Emmys aren’t crazy about the show, and they aren’t going to turn around now and put it into Comedy Series, even if it was the final season. We’ve seen time and time again, Emmys don’t care if something is ending, unless it has HUGE buzz, which P&R does not. 

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    I think people are overestimating The Crazy Ones’ potential. It doesn’t have the critical buzz compared to Brooklyn 9-9. It should manage to score Robin Williams a nomination and maybe a Writing nomination for David E Kelley, but that’s about it. Same goes for MJF.

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    #304511

    All streaks must come to an end . . .

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    SaraR
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    The streak is ending. NBC’s Thursday night comedies have completely collapsed. Parks & Rec, though critically adored and beloved by a small audience, will never be embraced at the Emmys.

    I’m predicting Modern Family, TBBT, Girls, Veep, Louie, and OITNB.

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    The Crazy Ones is not being underestimated. It’s ratings are very solid, and David E. Kelley shows don’t necessarily need tons of acclaim to get noms. With Williams as lead, and the perception of it being somethign of a comeback for Kelley as well, it could happen.

    I think Brooklyn 9-9 might be underestimated actually. Ratings are low, but unlike Episodes/Nurse Jackie/Parks, it’s new show, meaning it can only gain support. It has a Braugher, and Schur strikes me as someone they are more willign to recognize for follow-up projects than for Parks. Critcis are already talking about it improving a great deal the past few weeks, and there’s a big chance it becomes the critical darling comedy of the season. Might not seem like much, but it could help them a lot come Emmy time.

    I would hesitate to say they are more than likely at this point, but I could see things going very well for them. 

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    Great post, Placeholder!

    I still think that “The Michael J. Fox” show has a shot at Comedy Series if it rallies by the end of the season. You never know, and no one can predict the future. I doubt “Parks & Recreation” will ever get back into Comedy Series. No new series necessarily has to make the cut at all there, but I’d agree that “The Crazy Ones” and to a lesser extent “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are looking more viable as options. It’s very early in the season though, so much can happen by next year’s time.

    It feels like the end of an era. Sniff, sniff NBC.

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