Will ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ break through at Emmys?

Detective sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” pulled off a pair of upsets at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Comedy/Musical Series and Best Comedy/Musical TV Actor (Andy Samberg). While Globe winners do not always win Emmys, it is rare that they are not at least nominated.

Yet, “Brooklyn Nine-Ninesits at just seventh place in Gold Derby’s rankings, per the predictions of our Editors and Users.  All five of the eligible comedies that were nominated last year are predicted to return alongside freshman series “Orange is the New Black,” which competed as a drama at the Globes.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur, both Emmy winners most recently nominated for their work on “Parks and Recreation.” Although “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” airs on Fox, it shares many sensibilities with that show and other NBC single-camera sitcoms of late.

Indeed, if any show can fill the void left on voters’ ballots by the finales of “The Office” and “30 Rock,” it will be “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” The show employs former producers and writers from both shows, as well as sound mixers from the former!

HBO’s prestige comedy “Veep” has won acting Emmys and been nominated for the top prize twice, but it has struggled to gather support in the Creative Arts categories. “The Office,” on the other hand, followed blue-collar workers like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and consistently did well in editing and sound as well in writing and directing.

The casting category favors new series, so look for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” there as well.  Additionally, this is that rare comedy that has stunt work as during a police chase. It seems to be what the TV academy had in mind when they added a stunt coordination category last year just for comedies.

Samberg, who won an Emmy for the tune “Dick in a Box,” will compete in Comedy Actor, which Alec Baldwin is vacating with the end of “30 Rock.” Samberg sits comfortably in third place with odds of eleven-to-two, behind two-time champ Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) and Louis C.K. (“Louie). His character Jake Peralta is initially portrayed as a hooligan and one for whom Emmy voters usually have little tolerance. However, by the end of the season, Peralta has demonstrated his aptitude as a crime-fighter and is even a convincing romantic lead. 

If nominated, Samberg’s best episode to submit to judges may be the finale “Charges and Specs,” which fully realizes this transformation, but also allows him time to dance around foolishly.  Broad performances have done well in this category lately; Parsons won twice for playing drunk. That a sadness lurks under the surface as Peralta wrestles with sharing his unrequited feelings of love with a coworker adds depth to the performance, although it also seems reminiscent of Steve Carell’s work on “The Office,” which was defeated six consecutive times at the Emmys, the last two by Parsons.

The supporting categories have historically favored flamboyant and outrageous performances, which would normally suggest an uphill battle for Andre Braugher who plays the “straight man” Ray Holt and delivers all of his lines deadpan. However, Braugher has the third-best odds, likely due to name recognition, as he has a tendency to be nominated even for series that voters likely did not watch. His last two bids were for “Men of a Certain Age,” which received no other nominations. And his two before that came for two dramas that were cancelled after just one season and neither reaped more than one nomination aside from Braugher; he won for “Thief.” If nominated, he does not have a clear-cut submission, but “Full Boyle” would be a solid choice, if only because he gets to deliver a speech. Never forget that Emmy voters love speeches.

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