Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episode submissions to Emmy Awards voters by all of the 2016 nominees for Best Comedy Series. Programs competing for Best Drama and Comedy Series submit six episodes each to Emmy voters. Every acting nominee (except for limited series leads) must submit one sample episode. Voters are asked to watch these online before checking off their ballots, but enforcement is not strictly policed. It’s an honor system.
ABC contender “black-ish” has its first series nomination for its sophomore season. It has a total of three bids, including for its leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. The show’s six episode entries are “The Word,” “Rock, Paper, Scissors Gun,” “Keeping Up with the Johnsons,” “Hope,” “Any Given Saturday,” and “Daddy Dre-Care.”
Netflix contender “Master of None” is a freshman series with four total nominations, including those for its lead actor Aziz Ansari, directing, and writing. The show’s six episodes submitted are “Parents,” “Indians on TV,” “The Other Man,” “Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Old People,” and “Mornings.”
ABC contender “Modern Family” won this category for each of its first five seasons before falling last year. It has four total nominations this time, with the others for supporting actor Ty Burrell, casting, and sound mixing. The six episodes entered are “Phil’s Sexy, Sexy House,” “The Party,” “Spread Your Wings,” “White Christmas,” “Double Click,” and “Crazy Train.”
HBO contender “Silicon Valley” has its third straight nomination in this category and also has bids this year for lead actor Thomas Middleditch, directing (2), writing (2), casting, picture editing (2), production design, and sound mixing. The six episode submissions are “Founder Friendly,” “Meinertzhagen’s Haversack,” “Bachmanity Insanity,” “Bachman’s Earning’s Over-Ride,” “Daily Active Users,” and “The Uptick.”
Amazon contender “Transparent” has its second consecutive nomination in this category and has a total of 10 bids this year. The others are for lead actor Jeffrey Tambor, supporting actresses Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light, guest stars Melora Hardin and Bradley Whitford, directing, casting, costumes, and production design. The six episode entries are “Kina Hora,” “Cherry Blossoms,” “The Book of Life,” “Oscillate,” “Man on the Land,” and “Grey Green Brown and Copper.”
Netflix contender “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a repeat nominee for its second season and has other bids for lead actress Ellie Kemper, supporting actor Tituss Burgess, and casting. The show’s six episodes are “Kimmy Goes on a Playdate,” “Kimmy Gives Up,” “Kimmy Walks Into a Bar,” “Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady,” “Kimmy Sees a Sunset,” and “Kimmy Finds Her Mom.”
HBO contender “Veep” is the reigning champ with a fifth straight series nomination. Among comedies, it has the leading number of bids with 16 including for lead actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, supporting stars Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, and Matt Walsh, guest star Martin Mull, directing (3), writing (2), casting, picture editing (2), production design, and sound mixing. The six episode submissions are “Morning After,” “Mother,” “C***gate,” “Congressional Ball,” “Kissing Your Sister,” and “Inauguration.”
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