Emmy spotlight: Will Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield (‘New Girl’) earn farewell nominations for their final season?

Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield earned Emmy nominations in 2012 for the first season of the FOX comedy series “New Girl.” Can the hilarious duo earn bookend nominations for its seventh and final season, which premiered on April 10?

Indie film darling Deschanel earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Actress in 2012 after “New Girl” debuted in the fall of 2011. Greenfield’s scene-stealing performance as Schmidt made him a breakout star and earned him a Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy bid. Deschanel lost to Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her first of what would become six consecutive victories for “Veep.” And Greenfield was unable to stop the “Modern Family” stranglehold on the Comedy Supporting Actor category with that show’s standout Eric Stonestreet winning for the second time.

But it was not that simple. In an award show oops right up there in the hall of fame with Envelopegate at the Oscars, the TV academy accidentally mixed up the episode submissions. Deschanel had entered the laugh-out-loud episode “Bad in Bed,” in which Jess fumbles her way towards boosting her sex appeal, while Greenfield submitted “Control,” where Schmidt deals with his neat-freak tendencies but ends up going off the deep end. However, the academy switched those two reels, so the judging panels viewed the wrong episodes. Voters were given the option to recast their votes once the error was corrected, but might things have turned out differently if the right episodes went out in the first place?

Deschanel and Greenfield still have a huge Emmy I.O.U., so perhaps farewell sentiment will be in their favor. FOX is currently airing the eight-episode final season, with the finale scheduled to air on May 15. Airing right before voting could help the duo stay top of mind. Also helping their chances is that “Veep” will not be airing episodes during this eligibility period, which guarantees at least one open slot for Best Comedy Actress with six-time champ Louis-Dreyfus out, and two slots for Best Comedy Supporting Actor with “Veep” co-stars Tony Hale and Matt Walsh out. Greenfiled could be additionally helped by positive attention for his role this year in the limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”

Should Deschanel and Greenfield receive Emmy nominations they will get a second chance with a voting system that has been greatly revised since they competed six years ago. While actors still submit sample episodes, the small judging panels and ranked ballots have been replaced with a plurality vote open to all eligible members of the academy’s acting branch. After their episode submission kerfuffle in 2012 they are owed this opportunity.

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