There are a staggering 121 episodes from 64 series on the Emmy Awards ballot for Best Comedy Single-Camera Editing (compare that to just 15 episodes from 14 series for Comedy Multi-Camera Editing).
Last year’s nominees were:
“Inside Amy Schumer” season 3
“Last Fuckable Day” (Nick Paley & Laura Weinberg & Jesse Gordon & Billy Song)
“The Last Man on Earth” season 1
“Alive in Tucson” (Stacey Schroeder)
“Silicon Valley” season 2
“Sand Hill Shuffle” (Tim Roche)
Winner: “Two Days of the Condor” (Brian Merken)
“Transparent” season 1
“Pilot” (Catherine Haight)
All of the incumbent nominees are eligible again. “Silicon Valley” seems particularly safe after winning last year and more recently scoring a repeat nomination at the Eddie Awards. Those kudos are voted on by the American Cinema Editors, which overlaps members with the TV academy’s editing branch, and only have three nomination slots for comedies instead of five.
“Silicon Valley” lost the ACE race to “Inside Amy Schumer,” which broke into both the Emmy and Eddies for its third season. However, with less buzz this year, it is not quite a lock for another nomination and could follow in the footsteps of “Portlandia,” another sketch series that recently received a one-off nomination in this category fairly late in its run.
The third Eddie nominee was “Veep,” which had won the previous year. However, it has never been nominated for this Emmy and stands as the first Best Comedy Series champ since “My World and Welcome to It” to have never contended in this category. When the latter won in 1970, comedies competed directly with dramas in a combined Best Series Picture Editing category that only had three slots.
Perhaps “Veep” has failed to break into this race because its votes have been split. “Inside Amy Schumer” and “The Last Man on Earth” concentrated their support last year by submitting one episode apiece while “Veep” submitted four. “Transparent” submitted just as many, but its pilot was an obvious episode to mobilize support.
“Master of None” is the new comedy with the best chance of scoring a nomination. One of its submissions is “Parents,” which is the show’s across-the-board submission at the Emmys, also appearing on the ballots for Writing, Directing, Guest Actor, Cinematography, Costume and Production Design. Their other submission is the montage-heavy “Mornings,” which takes place over a year instead of a few days as is standard for episodes of the series.
Hoping to follow in the footsteps of “Silicon Valley” as a comedy that breaks into this category for its second season are “Black-ish” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” The season finale of the latter is particularly a threat, as it was cut by Emmy winner Ken Eluto, who was nominated five times for “30 Rock” from 2008 to 2013.
Submissions from top contenders:
“Black-ish” season 2
“Hope” (J.P. Bernardo)
“The Word” (Jamie Pedroza)
“Inside Amy Schumer” season 4
“Welcome to the Gun Show” (Laura Weinberg & Jesse Gordon & Nick Paley)
“The Last Man on Earth” season 2
“Silent Night” (Sam Seig)
“Master of None” season 1
“Mornings” (Jennifer Lilly)
“Parents” (Suzy Elmiger)
“Silicon Valley” season 3
“Daily Active Users” (Tim Roche)
“The Uptick” (Brian Merken)
“Transparent” season 2
“The Book of Life” (Hilda Rasula)
“Kina Hora” (Catherine Haight)
“Man on the Land” (Sunny Hodge)
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” season 2
“Kimmy Finds Her Mom!” (Ken Eluto)
“Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!” (Elizabeth Merrick)
“Veep” season 5
“Kissing Your Sister” (Roger Nygard)
“Inauguration” (Steven Rasch)
“Mother” (Shawn Paper)
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