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  • Beau S.
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    I was looking at past Emmy years, and I noticed that in 2009, Big Love received only one Emmy nomination: Outstanding Drama Series.

    Has this ever happened where a show’s only nomination in one given year is for series? I’m not that good with Emmy history so I am asking you all.

    Why do you think this happened, that a show didn’t have support to be nominated in any other category, but did have the support to be nominated for the big one? 

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    Choice Chayawat
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    This isn’t a correct answer to your question, but The Wonder Years came close. In its first season with only 6 episodes, it was nominated for only Writing and Comedy Series in 1988. And it won Comedy Series.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    SCRUBS in 2006.

    Their second nomination for Comedy Series was its only nomination.

    They came back next year without that nomination but five total all for their muscial episode. 

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    24Emmy
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    Didn’t True Blood do this in 2010?

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    Renaton
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    True Blood had a few tech nominations. Joan of Arcadia came close, and got only three nominations including Drama Series.

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    rp
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    Law & Order in 1995

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I know that this isn’t the answer you’re looking for, but Family Guy also achieved this feat in the same year. It was also only nominated for Comedy Series.

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    Riley
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    Family Guy actually got a voice-over nomination that year.

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    #293332

    Since everybody is mentioning examples of this situation almost happening:
    The first season of Sex & the City received only two nominations. One for Series, the other for Lead Actress.

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    Beau S.
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    Does anybody remember how/why Big Love got into the series category that year? This nomination just seems so random to me, as the show had not been embraced before the series nomination, and was never embraced much after either.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Considering 5 of 7 the nominees were nominated the previous year, Big Love and Breaking Bad (which also wasn’t nominated the previous year) were fighting for the sixth slot and ended up in a tie. 

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    Riley
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    Does anybody remember how/why Big Love got into the series category that year? This nomination just seems so random to me, as the show had not been embraced before the series nomination, and was never embraced much after either.

    A lot of people say that it is the HBO factor.  I do not really subscribe to that, but then again, how else do you explain Big Love?

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    All in the Family – 1976 (because of something to do with the cast not submitting due to some fuck-up in the mailroom with all of the Norman Lear-produced shows)

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    Renaton
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    Big Love did gte a lot of acclaim and HBO was campaigning hard. It probably it didn’t have what it takes to be more than seventh place everywhere else, but considering how scattered the compeition in Drama was that year, it was enough to get in Series.

    Scrubs is very odd though. I wonder if it was an year six that My Name is Earl might have got instead, and maybe even won considering the competition (I do believe The Office won in big part because the Series category was nothing but shows with no real shot at winning). 

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    blueprint
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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]Does anybody remember how/why Big Love got into the series category that year? This nomination just seems so random to me, as the show had not been embraced before the series nomination, and was never embraced much after either.

    A lot of people say that it is the HBO factor.  I do not really subscribe to that, but then again, how else do you explain Big Love?
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    If I recall correctly, there was some buzz sorrounding Big Love due to the great critical acclaim of the third season. It was a long shot though.
    The following seasons were not nearly as well received, which explains why it never managed to get an additional nod in Series. It did receive 2 nods for Guest Actress however for season 4.

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