Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012 Emmy Award Predictions: Comedy Series

We're entering the home-stretch of our Emmy Predictions (finally!). The actual Awards Show is airing this Sunday and, as you may already know, I'll be live-blogging in case you're up for that kind of thing. You can also check in the next day to read my opinions if that's your thing. Anyway, let's start with this one.

In the series categories, shows submit three different packages made out of two episodes of their season. However, it is well-known that the episode submissions are not as important to winning a series emmy as in the acting categories. Usually, you can pick the winner out of buzz, like in most award shows without having to watch the submitted episodes. The nominees for Comedy Series are...

30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Girls (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Veep (HBO)

Will Win: The most obvious and probable winner is 'Modern Family'. Yes, the show has been on decline since its debut and this third season was without a doubt the low-point, but Award Shows (not to mention America) seems to love the show no matter how generic and uninspired it has become in its storytelling. It doesn't really belong in a list of the best six comedies on television, if you ask me, so you can guess what my opinion is on it winning again. The thing is, there is really nothing to challenge it in this list of nominees.

'30 Rock' has passed its prime and its awards-caché is diminishing. 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' has been here a million times already and has lost in much more buzzed-about seasons than this one. 'The Big Bang Theory' is very popular, but you can count it out as an Emmy-winner. And 'Veep', without any directing or writing nominations doesn't seem to be in a position to become the spoiler. 

The only show who could take it away from 'Modern Family' is 'Girls'. Lena Dunham has become the new 'it-girl' of the television landscape and the show was the talk of the town back when it was airing. As much as I would like 'Girls' to take the award, it just doesn't seem like the kind of show that older, more traditional Emmy voters would vote for. 'Modern Family' it is. 

Should Win: It is a joke and a pity that the best Comedy Series on television went unnoticed in this category. Where are 'Community', 'Louie' and 'Parks and Recreation'? That last one was nominated last year and couldn't come back to the list! Thankfully, Lena Dunham's long-maligned but delightful 'Girls' did get a nomination, and for being such a personal and assured show in only its first season, it easily gets my vote. 

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