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Emmys slugfest: Will 'Hot in Cleveland' heat up Comedy Series category? [Video]

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Apr 25 2011 11:53 am

The big question about the Best Comedy Series race at the Emmy Awards is not whether "Modern Family," "Glee" and "30 Rock" will be nominated again (they will) but whether "Hot in Cleveland" will contend. "Modern Family" is certain to defend its crown while "Glee" is coming off a second consecutive Golden Globe win and "30 Rock" won this race three years in a row beginning in 2007 for its first season.

"Hot in Cleveland" is TV Land's first original series and features five-time Emmy champ Betty White who is a frontrunner for Supporting Comedy Actress. Beyond this, the show could appeal to older Emmy voters who have fond memories of the traditional three-camera format and taping in front of a studio audience. With three sitcom vets starring -- Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick -- and a slew of familiar TV faces guesting -- Tim Conway, Susan Lucci, Mary Tyler Moore and Carl Reiner -- "Hot in Cleveland" could ride this wave of nostalgia into the top race.

With all the attention focused on the departure of star Steve Carell, "The Office" could pick up its sixth consecutive nomination; it won for its first full season in 2006. Previous nominees in the category "Nurse Jackie" (2010), "Entourage"(2007 - 2009), "Weeds" (2009), "Family Guy"   (2009), "How I Met Your Mother" (2009) and "Two and a Half Men" (2006 - 2008) could each return. "The Big Bang Theory" might build on Jim Parsons winning Best Comedy Actor last year and reap its first bid as could "Community" and "Parks & Recreation." And new shows "The Big C" and "Raising Hope" are also in the mix.

Senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum discuss all these possibilites and more in this video chat.

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