Emmy episode analysis: Jon Hamm loses his cult following in ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

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Jon Hamm‘s Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actor this year is his first for playing the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in the Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” but of course it’s not his first recognition from the TV academy. Counting his nominations this year for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Actor for “Mad Men,” he’s been nominated 16 times without ever winning. Will his Emmy drought finally end? He hopes his episode submission will do the trick: “Kimmy Makes Waffles,” the first season finale.

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SYNOPSIS: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) and her fellow Indiana Mole Women revisit the bunker where they were held captive for 15 years in the hopes of finding evidence against the Reverend. They discover a videotape in which the cult leader advertises his party DJ services, auditions for “The Apprentice” and practices his karate moves, but they don’t realize until they confront him on the witness stand that the tape disproves his claims about the apocalypse. When his deception is revealed, he is found guilty and dragged kicking and screaming out of the courtroom.

Will this performance finally put Hamm in the winner’s circle? Let’s weigh the pros and cons:


Richard Wayne Gary Wayne is an outlandish character who gives Hamm opportunities to show off his comedic chops with both physical humor and his absurd courtroom sparring with leading lady Kemper.

Hamm is one of TV’s most popular actors, so he could benefit from the expansion of Emmy voting beyond the small, insular judging panels that snubbed him in years past.

Best known for playing tortured ad man Don Draper in “Mad Men,” Hamm may impress voters with his comfort in both comedy and drama.


Hamm only appears in “Kimmy Makes Waffles” for about five minutes, which may be a disadvantage, especially against nominated “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts Louis C.K. and Bill Hader, who have the benefit of playing multiple roles during their 90-minute episodes.

Emmy voters have had multiple opportunities to reward Hamm for comedy before and didn’t; he earned three nods in this category for his recurring role in “30 Rock.” Will this time be any different?

The TV academy tends to be unsentimental about overdue actors. Just ask poor winless Angela Lansbury.

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