May 23, 2016 at 9:45 am #1201840129
As I do every year, I need the help of my GoldDerby pals in this year’s Emmy voting. As an Emmy voter in the Writers Branch, I am overwhelmed each May with screeners from comedy shows that I haven’t had time to watch this season. I’m asking you to offer the ONE comedy script that you would cheer if it got a nod on nomination day. Please don’t give me a list of two or three scripts — I’m looking for help on the ONE about which you feel most passionate. As always, thank you all in advance for your help on this — my goal is to submit the most responsible ballot I can, and I couldn’t do it without you. Thanks.May 23, 2016 at 9:51 am #1201840133
Who knows what Fey & company will actually submit, but:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Kimmy Walks Into a BarMay 23, 2016 at 9:57 am #1201840136
Veep – “Mother”
Save yourself plenty of time and forget all the screeners. There won’t anything else, comedy or drama or whatever, that beats “Mother” this year.May 23, 2016 at 10:05 am #1201840139
Though Emmy seems to have passed network television by, please consider The Big Bang Theory‘s “The Opening Night Excitation” if it’s submitted. The Sheldon/Amy “coitus” episode could have so easily been a disaster, but it was handled with just the right combination of sensitivity and awkwardness. It’s very rare for a series in its ninth season still to be able to do something fresh and let its characters continue to evolve.May 23, 2016 at 10:18 am #1201840142
“I Love You Baby”, the season five finale of ‘Girls’.
It has fantastic acting from Hollywood’s new golden boy Adam Driver and a crushing monologue delivered by Dunham.
The media talked about how ‘Girls’ had a resurgence, so it would be a real shame if Emmy voters didn’t pay attention.May 23, 2016 at 10:19 am #1201840150
You should include some underrated animated episodes like…
BoJack Horseman (“Escape from L.A.”)
Gravity Falls (“Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls”)
Rick and Morty (“Auto-Erotic Assimilation”)
The Simpsons (“Halloween of Horror”)May 23, 2016 at 10:47 am #1201840169
“Indians on TV”- Master of None, Season 1, Episode 4.
Not only is Master of None possibly the best written show on TV, it is one of the few shows where you can see the thought process and the conversations between the writers. “Indians on TV” is the epitome of that. I would be delighted if that got in as it is so culturally relevant, and is as smart and funny a script as you’ll find this season.May 23, 2016 at 11:00 am #1201840157
Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck for “Mother” on Veep
Brilliantly echoes the dark wit of David Lloyd’s 1975 classic Emmy winning script “Chuckles Bites the Dust” on The Mary Tyley Moore Show.May 23, 2016 at 11:27 am #1201840191
Posted earlier but it didn’t show up. Anyway, Black-ish—“Hope” would be my pick.May 23, 2016 at 11:29 am #1201840198
Another vote for “Mother” from Veep.
Much of the fanfare from the episode has been about Louis-Dreyfus’s performance, deservedly, but Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck wrote a fantastic script that treacherously toes the line of being excessively wicked, morbid, and crude without ever crossing it, seamlessly blending Veep‘s trademark hilarity with deeply dramatic and introspective moments.
Time Magazine even called it a “transformative half-hour of TV.”
You should absolutely consider it and it should win the Emmy come September.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.May 23, 2016 at 11:58 am #1201840215
“Chapter Forty-four” – Jane The Virgin written by Paul Sciarrotta & Jennie
Please, please, please!May 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm #1201840231
While I LOVED Veep’s “Mother” – I’m asking you to give a new (in that it has never been nominated for an Emmy, shockingly) show a chance – Broad City, Season 3 episode 8 entitled “Burning Bridges”
A near-perfect mix of comedy and drama (which the show rarely does) – and it hit so many high notes. Pitch-perfect writing. Obsessed. It needs awards attention!May 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm #1201840252
Since Mother doesn’t need another vote I’m gonna suggest another fav episode of mine. White Christmas – Modern FamilyMay 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm #1201840281
GIRLS: “The Panic in Central Park”; written by Lena Dunham