Emmy comebacks are more common than you’d think

This year, four TV shows returned to the airwaves after being away for a year and received a warm welcome return from the Emmys. Absence does indeed make the academy voter fonder as these are just the latest in a line of shows that have made Emmy comebacks. While this quartet was only off the Emmy ballot for a year, nine other shows have been away longer and returned to Emmy glory. VIEW GALLERY


Of this year’s quartet of Emmy comeback kids, “Breaking Bad” did the best reaping a series’ best 13 nominations, including a bid for Best Drama Series.

Curb Your Enthusiasm” contends for five awards, including Best Comedy Series. This laffer debuted on HBO back in 2000. In the intervening dozen years, there have been eight seasons, all of which but the first have been nominated for the top Emmy. It was on hiatus in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

The fourth season of “Damages” snared only one nomination but it is a biggie — Drama Actress for Glenn Close who won this award for both the first and second seasons in 2008 and 2009.  The show had contended for Drama Series in those years as well.  After being cancelled by FX after its third year, it was picked up for two final seasons by DirecTV, the same satellite provider that saved NBC’s “Friday Night Lights.” The delay between its third and fourth seasons left the series ineligible in 2011.

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And “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” is hoping for a bookend to its 2010 Emmy for Best Reality Series.  It returned in 2011. While the first three of its six episodes aired before the June 1 eligibility cutoff and the last three aired after. Instead of defending its title in last year’s Emmy race, the show was entered for consideration this year and has earned a repeat nomination.


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