Is Nick Offerman ‘Making It’ into the Emmy race for the very 1st time with help from Amy Poehler?

If anyone knows what it’s like to wait for Emmy’s approval, it’s Amy Poehler. She was nominated 17 times over the course of 8 years, but didn’t win until 2016, when she claimed her first and only prize: Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Saturday Night Live,” shared jointly with her co-host Tina Fey. Now Poehler can pay it forward by helping one of her colleagues to a long overdue first Emmy nomination: her former “Parks and Recreation” co-star Nick Offerman, with whom she stars in the NBC competition series “Making It.” Now they could be nominated together for Best Reality Host.

That’s right, Nick Offerman hasn’t even been nominated for an Emmy yet, even though “Parks and Rec” earned 17 nominations over the course of its run, including two for Best Comedy Series and a few short form bids for digital offshoots. Poehler was the only actor ever to contend for the show, but of the many supporting snubs, Offerman’s was arguably the most egregious since his role as gruff, libertarian, anti-government government official Ron Swanson was arguably as well regarded as Poehler’s lead role as tireless public servant Leslie Knope. Offerman earned a pair of Critics’ Choice nominations (2011-2012) for Best Comedy Supporting Actor and even won the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (2011). But no Emmy love.

After “Parks and Rec” Poehler and Offerman embarked together on “Making It,” a competition series that aired in the summer of 2018 and featured craftspeople competing to make the best handmade projects. Offerman himself is a professional woodworker, so his expertise is put to good use on the series. It has been renewed for a second season, which will air over the holidays at the end of 2019. And according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s users, Offerman and Fey will be nominated for Best Reality Host: they rank fifth with odds of 15/2.

That includes support from 10 of the Expert journalists we’ve polled who currently think they’ll be nominated: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Lynn Elber (Associated Press), Chris Harnick (E!), Mary Murphy (Gold Derby), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Ben Travers (IndieWire) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). Of those, Roush thinks they’re second in line to win, behind only three-time defending champion RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”). Could Offerman finally make it to the Emmys for the first time alongside Poehler?

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