Emmy Awards: Best Comedy Multi-Camera Editing frontrunners – ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ ‘Mike & Molly’ …

Fourteen series are on the Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Multi-Camera Picture Editing. CBS’s “Mom” is the only one that submitted multiple episodes, perhaps making up for last year when it did not submit any. The ballot last year listed only 11 entries, so there were only four nominees:

Winner: “The Big Bang Theory” season 8
“The Comic Book Store Regeneration” (Peter Chakos)

“Hot in Cleveland” season 6
“I Hate Goodbyes” (Ronald A. Volk)

“Mike & Molly” season 5
“Fight to the Finish” (Stephen Prime)

“2 Broke Girls” season 4
“And the Move-In Meltdown” (Darryl Bates & Ben Bosse)

There are the standard five nomination slots this year because there are more than 14 entries. Had this been a second consecutive year with 14 or fewer entries, it would have triggered a merger of this category with Best Comedy Single-Camera Picture Editing and the return of the catch-all Best Comedy Picture Editing category that existed from 2008 to 2011.

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“The Big Bang Theory” has won this award the last two years and been nominated for the last five. Fellow CBS sitcoms “Mike & Molly” and “2 Broke Girls” are the only other two eligible series that have been nominated previously. The former scored its first nomination last year and contends now for its series finale. The latter was first nominated in 2012 for its pilot, then again last year.

LouisCK.net’s “Horace and Pete” stands out as the only drama on the ballot; it had to enter here because there is no Best Drama Multi-Camera Editing category. The episode submitted begins with a nine-minute uninterrupted take, a daring selection for an editing award.

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Netflix contends in this category for the first time, with “Fuller House” and “The Ranch.” The former’s prequel “Full House” was never nominated for an Emmy in any category, but “Fuller House” editor Richard Candib was nominated for the single-camera sitcom “Arrested Development” in 2005. “The Ranch” editor Michael Karlich is a two-time Emmy nominee for another multi-camera sitcom starring Ashton Kutcher: “That ‘70s Show” in 2005 and 2006.

The critically-acclaimed and socially-relevant “The Carmichael Show” rounds out the list of major contenders. If nominated, it would be NBC’s first nominee for comedy multi-camera editing since the “Will & Grace” finale in 2006. “The Carmichael Show” was not submitted last year.

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Submissions from top contenders:

“The Big Bang Theory” season 9: “The Opening Night Excitation” (Peter Chakos)

“The Carmichael Show” season 2: “Protest” (Kirk Benson)

“Fuller House” season 1: “Funner House” (Richard Candib)

“Horace and Pete” season 1: “Episode 3” (Gina Sansom)

“Mike & Molly” season 6: “I See Love” (Stephen Prime)

“Mom” season 3: “Atticus Finch and the Downtrodden” (Ben Bosse)
“Mom” season 3: “Kreplach and a Tiny Tush” (Joseph Bella)

“The Ranch” season 1: “Til It’s Gone” (Michael Karlich)

“2 Broke Girls” season 5: “And the Sax Problem” (Darryl Bates)

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