Production Design Emmy: Comedies competing are ‘Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Veep,’ ‘Transparent’ …

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This year at the Emmys, there will be three Best Production Design trophies handed out for narrative series: one for fantasy/contemporary shows, one for period programs and one for half-hour comedies. Among the laffers squaring off are a trio of Best Comedy Series contenders — “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent” and “Veep” — as well as fan faves “The Big Bang Theory,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “2 Broke Girls.”

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TV’s most watched comedy “The Big Bang Theory” was kicked out of the Best Comedy Series race this year, but could get the last laugh by winning for its production design. Emmy voters will be judging the episodes “The First Pitch Insufficiency,” “The Clean Room Infiltration” and “The Skywalker Incursion.” John Shaffner (Production Designer), Francoise Cherry-Cohen (Art Director) and Ann Shea (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees. “The Big Bang Theory” has never won for its production design despite five previous bids.

Departing TV Land laffer “Hot in Cleveland” submitted the episodes “Vegas, Baby/I Hate Goodbyes” and “All About Elka” for Emmy consideration in this category. Michael Andrew Hynes (Production Designer) and Maralee Zediker (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees. “Hot in Cleveland” previously won this award in 2011.

HBO’s second-year comedy “Silicon Valley” is up for the episodes “Sand Hill Shuffle,” “Homicide” and “Adult Content.” Richard Toyon (Production Designer), L.J. Houdyshell (Art Director) and Jenny Mueller (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees. “Silicon Valley” lost its inaugural bid in this category last year to “House of Lies,” which was snubbed this year.

Freshman series “Transparent” (Amazon) has decided to submit its second episode, “The Letting Go,” for Emmy consideration. Cat Smith (Production Designer), Maria Baker (Art Director) and Nya Patrinos (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees.

2 Broke Girls” is trying its luck for CBS with the episodes “And The Zero Tolerance,” “And The Fun Factory” and “And A Loan For Christmas.” Glenda Rovello (Production Designer) and Amy Feldman (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees. “2 Broke Girls” prevailed in this category in 2012, the only Emmy it’s ever won.

Gold Derby’s frontrunner to win Best Comedy Series, “Veep,” has entered the episodes “Joint Session,” “Tehran” and “Convention” for consideration for its production design. Jim Gloster (Production Designer), E. David Cosier (Art Director) and Jennifer Engel (Set Decorator) are the individual nominees. This is only “Veep’s” second production design bid, though it lost last year to “House of Lies.”

Find out who wins when the Creative Arts Emmys are handed out Sept. 12 at the Microsoft Theater (formerly the Nokia) in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Photo: Cast of “The Big Bang Theory.” Credit: Everett Collection/REX
Photo: Thomas Middleditch in “Silicon Valley.” Credit: HBO/Courtesy Everett Collection/REX

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