This year at the Emmys, everything old may be new again in Best Comedy Series. Several TV revivals from yesteryear are back in contention, including NBC’s “Will & Grace,” ABC’s “Roseanne,” HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and, pending a release date, Netflix’s “Arrested Developement.” The good news for these shows is that three-time champ “Veep” won’t be eligible at the 2018 Emmys. Neither will “Master of None,” back-to-back winner for Best Comedy Writing. The bad news? The other five nominees are all looking strong to return: “Atlanta,” “Black-ish,” “Modern Family,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
“Will & Grace” is a six-time nominee for Best Comedy Series (2000-05), taking home the top prize for its second season in 2000. The sitcom is one of the few shows in TV history to win Emmys for its entire cast: leads Eric McCormack and Debra Messing and supporting players Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. For its current revival, “Will & Grace” scored bids at the Golden Globes (McCormack and Comedy Series), SAG Awards (Hayes) and Critics’ Choice Awards (Hayes), proving that they’ve still got it after all these years.
“Roseanne” premieres its 10th season on March 27, a whopping 21 years after it left the airwaves in 1997. While the show never contended for Best Comedy Series, it did take home four Emmy Awards: Best Actress for Roseanne in 1993, and Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf in 1992-94. Male lead John Goodman didn’t win an Emmy for this show, but he later prevailed as Best Drama Guest Actor for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” (2007).
While not technically a revival, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” took an extended six-year break between Season 8 and Season 9. Larry David‘s mockumentary is a seven-time also-ran at the Emmys for Best Comedy Series, running off with two trophies during its run: Best Comedy Directing for Robert B. Weide (2003) and Best Comedy Editing for Steven Rasch (2012). The SAG Awards recently recognized “Curb” with a pair of noms for Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Comedy Actor (Larry David).
Another revival, “Arrested Development,” is a big question mark. Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for Season 5, though it finished filming back in November. This 2004 winner for Best Comedy Series enjoyed three cult seasons on Fox (2004-06) before being canceled due to low ratings. Netflix brought back the entire cast and creator Mitchell Hurwitz for a 15-episode revival in 2013, earning a nom for lead actor Jason Bateman but missing out in Best Comedy Series.
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