At this year's Emmys, "Modern Family" was a shoo-in to win its third straight trophy as TV's Best Comedy Series. Next year, however, it has its work cut out for it thanks to the long-awaited premiere of the new season of "Arrested Development."
The former Fox series is already a proven Emmy winner, claiming five awards in 2004 (Best Comedy Series, Comedy Directing, Comedy Writing, Comedy Casting and Single-Camera Picture Editing) and one more in 2005 (Comedy Writing). Despire all these accolades, the cult comedy could never attract enough viewers and was sentenced to an early demise by Fox in 2006.
Nearly a decade later, Netflix announced they would be bringing the show back for a brand new season of hilarity with the entire cast in attendance. Emmy watchers are itching to find out whether the internet site will be the first non-televised medium to earn a major nomination, and chances are looking extremely good that it will. In the many years between new episodes, "Arrested Development" achieved a popularity it never had while it was actually airing, and currently has an enormous amount of buzz heading into its 2013 return.
While "Modern Family's" cast has taken a huge amount of slots in the Comedy Supporting Actor/Actress categories at the Emmys over the past few years, the return of "Arrested Development" will surely give them a run for their money. While series star Jason Bateman will likely enter the Comedy Actor race once again (the race he lost in 2005), the remaining eight cast members will all duke it out in the Comedy Supporting categories.
Previous nominees in the supporting races Jeffrey Tambor (2004 and 2005), Jessica Walter (2005) and Will Arnett (2006) are now frontrunners to return to the nomination block, while never-nominated Portia de Rossi, Michael Cera, David Cross, Alia Shawkat and Tony Hale could hear their names called for the first time.
Among other popular comedy series that could upset either "Modern Family" and "Arrested Development," watch for the second seasons of "Girls," "Veep" and "Episodes," long-running series "The Big Bang Theory" and "Parks and Recreation," and new shows "The New Normal" and "The Mindy Project."
Perhaps the biggest contender of all at the 2013 Emmys is the final season of "30 Rock," a show that won three consecutive trophies as Best Comedy Series (2007-2009) and will likely go out on a hilarious high note.