‘A Series of Unfortunate’ Emmy submissions: Lemony Snicket series hopes to turn ‘Bad Beginning’ into a happy ending

Will Barry Sonnenfeld‘s new Netflix comedy “A Series of Unfortunate Events” do as well at the Emmys as his previous series, the lauded but short-lived “Pushing Daisies”? That ABC series lasted only two seasons but won seven Emmys out of 17 nominations, largely on the strength of its lavish production values. Sonnenfeld himself won Best Comedy Directing for the “Pie-Lette” episode in 2008. “Unfortunate Events” is just as extravagantly designed, and it has been entered for consideration in myriad above-the-line and below-the-line races.

Five-time Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris contends for Best Comedy Actor for his role as the evil Count Olaf, who attempts to steal the inheritance of the Baudelaire children (supporting-acting contenders Louis Hynes and Malina Weissman) after the apparent deaths of their parents in a fire. Also contending in the supporting races are past Emmy nominee Will Arnett (“Arrested Development,” “30 Rock”) and Harris’s former “How I Met Your Mother” co-star Cobie Smulders as Father and Mother. And guest-acting contenders include past Emmy champs Joan Cusack, Catherine O’Hara and Alfre Woodard.

Among the series’s episodes, the opening two-parter “A Bad Beginning” is best represented across categories. “Part One” will be considered for Best Directing, Best Prosthetic Makeup, Best Picture Editing, Best Production Design and Best Sound Mixing, while “Part Two” has been entered for Best Writing, Best Cinematography, Best Costumes and Best Hairstyling.

“Unfortunate Events” may also be a major player in music categories, but ballots are not available for those, since the voting process for those awards is different from most other races (more on that here). But you can see the rest of this year’s “Unfortunate” Emmy contenders below.

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Best Comedy Series

Best Comedy Actor
Neil Patrick Harris

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Will Arnett
K. Todd Freeman
Louis Hynes
Patrick Warburton

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Cobie Smulders
Malina Weissman

Best Comedy Guest Actor
Don Johnson, “The Miserable Mill: Part One”
Aasif Mandvi, “The Reptile Room: Part One”

Best Comedy Guest Actress
Joan Cusack, “The Bad Beginning: Part One”
Catherine O’Hara, “The Miserable Mill: Part One”
Alfre Woodard, “The Wide Window: Part One”

Best Comedy Directing
“The Bad Beginning: Part One”

Best Comedy Writing
“The Bad Beginning: Part Two”

Best Casting (Comedy)

Best Cinematography (Single-Camera, One Hour)
“The Bad Beginning: Part Two”

Best Costumes (Period/Fantasy)
“The Bad Beginning: Part Two”

Best Hairstyling (Single-Camera Series)
“The Bad Beginning: Part Two”

Best Main Title Design

Best Makeup (Single-Camera Series, Non-Prosthetic)
“The Miserable Mill: Part Two”

Best Makeup (Prosthetic)
“The Bad Beginning: Part One”

Best Picture Editing (Single-Camera Comedy)
“The Bad Beginning: Part One”
“The Wide Window: Part One”

Best Production Design (Narrative, Contemporary/Fantasy)
“The Bad Beginning: Part One”

Best Sound Mixing (One Hour Series)
“The Bad Beginning: Part One”

Best Special Visual Effects
“The Wide Window: Part Two”

Best Stunt Coordination (Comedy/Variety)

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