Will Ferrell has a long and impressive TV legacy dating back to “Saturday Night Live,” where he was a regular cast member from 1995 to 2002. But he has never won an Emmy. The good news for the funnyman is that he has four more chances this year in the field where he has, perhaps surprisingly, enjoyed his greatest awards success: as a producer.
Though Ferrell is best known for his work on-screen, only one of his dozen Emmy nominations is for acting: Best Individual Variety Performance in 2001 for “SNL,” which was the very first nomination of his career. Then he earned a writing nomination for his comedy special “You’re Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush.” His other 10 noms are all for producing.
This year he managed four producing nominations across three categories. He’s in the running for Best Drama Series for “Succession” alongside his longtime Funny or Die producing partner Adam McKay. He’s also up for Best Variety Special (Live) for the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” event that recreated classic episodes of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons.” And he’s pitted against himself in the race for Best Variety Sketch Series, where he’s nominated for both “Drunk History” and “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.”
Will he win any of those? Well, according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby’s users as of this writing, he’s an underdog for Best Drama Series, where “Succession” is ranked seventh. And his shows are also bringing up the rear in our predictions for Best Variety Sketch Series, where his alma mater “SNL” is the heavy favorite. But the good news is that “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” is the front-runner for Best Variety Special (Live), getting field-leading odds of 69/20.
Ferrell wouldn’t be the only overdue champ if the “All in the Family”/”Jeffersons” tribute prevails. The special was also produced by Jimmy Kimmel, who has never won a Primetime Emmy (though he has one in daytime for hosting the game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money”). Justin Theroux is a producer too; this is his very first nomination after years of being snubbed for acting in “The Leftovers.” So the television academy can pay off several Emmy IOUs for the price of one.
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