Emmys comedy showdown: ‘Modern Family’ vs. ‘Veep’ vs. ‘Transparent’

A funny thing happened to “Modern Family‘s” Emmy chances after nominations were announced Thursday morning. And not the good kind of funny. After being the odds-on favorite to win Best Comedy Series for months, the ABC laffer under-performed, missing out on key noms that many awards watchers thought were slam dunks. Has the five-time Emmy champ lost its frontrunner status?

All of this bad news for “Modern Family” is wonderful news for the two shows that have the biggest chance of taking down the Emmy juggernaut: three-time also-ran “Veep” and freshman dramedy “Transparent.” Both shows want to put an end to “Modern Family’s” reign and stop it from winning the all-time record of that sixth series win.

2015 Emmy Awards: Complete list of nominations

Yeah, yeah, “Modern Family” still reaped six noms, but that’s a step down from last year when it garnered 10 and the year before when it scored an even dozen. Emmy voters still like the show, they just don’t love it as much as they used to.

Both “Transparent” and “Veep” did well in their nominations tallies, with the former leading all comedies with 11 noms and the latter tying last year’s total of nine.

Of the key bids “Modern Family” missed out on compared to last year, say goodbye to five-time loser Jesse Tyler Ferguson and three-time guest contender Nathan Lane. Only two of its six adult cast members reaped nominations (Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell) plus guest star Elizabeth Banks, making it the worst showing ever for this Emmy-favorite cast.

“Transparent” and “Veep” also have a trio of acting bids to brag about: Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann and Bradley Whitford for the Amazon dramedy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky for the HBO laffer.

As for those crucial writing and directing nominations, both “Transparent” and “Veep” contend in each category while “Modern Family” is conspicuously absent for the first time ever. Don’t forget, the last time a series won Best Comedy without either a writing or directing nomination was “Friends” in 2002. Is that the final nail in “Modern Family’s” coffin?

Can “Transparent” or “Veep” take down former frontrunner “Modern Family,” or could we be in for a major shocker from one of the other nominees: “Silicon Valley” (7 noms), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (7), “Louie” (6) or “Parks and Recreation (3)?

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