If at first you don’t succeed, try 254 more times. That’s the lesson that “The Big Bang Theory” learned at the 2018 Emmys when it received its first-ever nomination for Best Comedy Directing for episode #255, titled “The Bow Tie Asymmetry.” Directed by Mark Cendrowski, this episode served as the Season 11 finale and featured the long-awaited marriage between Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik).
Cendrowski is a two-time DGA nominee (2013-14) and the current directors’ branch member on the Emmys’ Board of Governors. Despite directing a whopping 223 episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” he’d never received an Emmy bid until now, thanks to a brand new rule change.
As Gold Derby’s contributor Riley Chow previously reported, “One slot [in Best Comedy Directing] is now reserved for the multi-camera contender that receives the most votes. The revised rule book states that nominees will be proportional to the number of single-camera versus multi-camera submissions, with at least one slot reserved for each type, but it has been at least a decade since there have been enough relative multi-camera submissions to theoretically unlock a second slot.”
The other nominees this year for Best Comedy Directing all hail from single-camera comedies: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), Hiro Murai (“Atlanta”), Bill Hader (“Barry”), Jesse Peretz (“GLOW”), Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and Mike Judge (“Silicon Valley”). Because of an “inadvertent” error by the TV academy, Cendrowski was originally left off of the Emmy nominations list on Thursday morning and was not announced as a nominee until hours later.
CBS’s highly rated sitcom used to be an Emmy favorite, winning Best Comedy Actor four times for Parsons (2010-11, 2013-14) and being nominated four times for Best Comedy Series (2011-14). However, in recent years “The Big Bang Theory” has only managed to win Emmys for Best Multi-Camera Picture Editing for Peter Chakos (2014-17).
Many awards pundits speculated that the new multi-camera directing slot might go to either Cendrowski, James Burrows (“Will & Grace”), Gail Mancuso (“Roseanne”) or Pamela Fryman (“One Day at a Time”). Now that we have our seven nominees, who will go on to win Best Comedy Directing at the 2018 Emmys?
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