What are Top 10 Emmy contenders for Best Multi-Camera Series Cinematography?

Back in 2000, the TV academy split the single Cinematography award for series into separate ones for Single and Multi Camera shows. From 2008 to 2010, it went with what the guild did and gave out awards for half-hour and hour long shows but reverted to these genre specific prizes in 2011.

While two ABC laffers — “Spin City” and “Sports Night” — shared the Multi-Camera award in 2000, NBC’s “Will & Grace” won four of the next five races, losing only to ABC’s “8 Simple Rules” tribute to the late John Ritter in 2004. Since then CBS has owned this award, with “How I Met Your Mother” winning in 2006 and last year while “Two and a Half Men” prevailed in 2007 (the last year before the hiatus) and in both 2011 and 2012. 


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In the two most recent races, the Tiffany net has claimed four of the five nominations. Last year’s line-up was: 

“The Exes” (season 1 – first nomination)
“How I Met Your Mother” (season 8 – fourth nomination, 2006, 2013 winner)
“Mike & Molly” (season 3 – second nomination)
“2 Broke Girls” (season 2 – second nomination)
“Two and a Half Men” (season 10 – eighth nomination, 2007, 2011, 2012 winner)

While both “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” are eligible again this year, shows tend to fall off the academy radar toward the end of their runs. For example, “Will & Grace” won this award four times from six consecutive nominations, but was dropped in 2006 for its final season.

All eight bids for “Two and a Half Men” have been for lenser Steven V. Silver, who left this year to work on the new CBS comedy “Mom.” Shockingly, Silver has never been nominated for his work outside of “Two and a Half Men,” including his efforts on the hit CBS series “The Big Bang Theory.”

CBS has a strong contender in freshman series “The Millers,” shot by Gary Baum, who has been nominated four times in the last four years for three different CBS sitcoms: “Mike & Molly,” for which he is again eligible; the pilot of “2 Broke Girls”; and “Gary Unmarried,” which is no longer on the air.

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The only nominees in the last four years that did not air on CBS were two from TV Land (“Retied at 35” in 2011 and “The Exes” in 2013) and a pair of Disney hits (“Wizards of Waverly Place” in 2011 and “Pair of Kings” in 2011 and 2012).

The freshman series “Kirstie” is TV Land’s best bet to complement “The Exes” as both “Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man” have been consistently snubbed. And Disney’s best bet may now be “Dog with a Blog” by John Simmons, who reaped those two bids for “Pair of Kings,” although he was snubbed for both series last year.

“How I Met Your Mother” – season 9 – “Daisy” (Christian La Fountaine)
“Two and a Half Men”  – season 11 – “Baseball. Boobs. Boobs. Baseball.” (Mark Thomas Davison)
“2 Broke Girls” – season 3 –  “And the Near Death Experience” (Christian La Fountaine)
“Mike & Molly” -season 4 –  “Weekend at Peggy’s” (Gary Baum)
“The Millers” – season 1 – “Driving Miss Crazy” (Gary Baum)

“Mom” – season 1 – “Pilot” (Steven V. Silver)
“The Exes” – season 3 –  • “When Haskell Met Sammy” (George Mooradian)
“Kirstie” – season 1 – “Little Bummer Boy” (Wayne Kennan)
“Dog with a Blog” – season 3 – “Stan Runs Away” (John Simmons)
“The Big Bang Theory” – season 7 – “The Proton Transmogrification” (Steven V. Silver)

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