Upcoming HBO laffer ‘Family Tree’ not eligible for Emmys

Pay cabler HBO announced earlier this week that their new comedy series “Family Tree” would debut on May 12. Officials have now confirmed that only two episodes will air before the Emmy Awards deadline of May 31, making the freshman show ineligible for this year’s kudos.

Created by mulit-hyphenate Christopher Guest (“Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind”), “Family Tree” is a faux documentary style series. Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) is a 30-year-old man who inherits a mysterious box of items and sets out to meet the extended members of his unusual family.

The show also stars co-creator Jim Piddock and a wide range of guest favorites in smaller roles, including Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Don Lake, Michael McKean, Kevin Pollak, and Fred Willard.

Last year, HBO fare represented half of the field for Best Comedy Series with freshman programs “Girls” (starring nominee Lena Dunham) and “Veep” (starring Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus), plus perennial nominee “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (nominee Larry David).

The rest of the race included eventual winner “Modern Family” as well as returning contenders “The Big Bang Theory,” and “30 Rock.” All are eligible to return this year except for “Curb,” which aired no new episodes in the past season.

With “Family Tree” out of the running, the rookie contenders with the best hope of being nominated for Best Comedy Series are “Go On” (Matthew Perry), “The Mindy Project” (Mindy Kaling), and “The New Normal” (Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha). The Netflix revival of “Arrested Development” (Jason Bateman) can’t be considered a new program since it had a successful three-year run at the Emmys 2003-2006.

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