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by Peter Knegt
September 17, 2013 8:52 AM
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2013 Emmy Predictions: The Comedy Categories

"30 Rock"

It was yet another strong year for comedy television, though almost exclusively for returning series. No new comedy series broke in with the major Emmy nominations, leaving us a race between the well-received final season of "30 Rock" and returns of veteran series and longtime Emmy faves "Modern Family" and "The Big Bang Theory," while second seasons of "Girls" and "Veep," and a first timer: F/X's "Louie," finally making the cut with its best season yet.

So who wins? "Modern Family" has won for every season its aired, and it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for the Emmys to just keep that going (a la "Frasier" in the 1990s, which won 5 years in a row). But hopefully they decide to pass the torch to the more deserving likes of "Louie" or "Veep." Though a swan song Emmy for "30 Rock" wouldn't be so bad either. Really, anything but "Modern Family" again. Oh, except "The Big Bang Theory."

The nominations and the predictions:

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television

Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.

Modern Family • ABC • Picador Productions & Steve Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Will Win: Louie
Could Win: They could offer a final season prize to 30 Rock, or be super boring and give it to Modern Family again.
Should Win: Louie (though Veep was pretty great too).
Shoulda Been Here:

Enlightened


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Arrested Development • Netflix • Produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix
Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth

The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper

Episodes • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Hat Trick Productions, Crane Klarik Productions
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Crescendo Productions, Totally Commercial Films, Refugee Productions, Matthew Carnahan Circus Products
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan

Louie • FX Networks • Pig Newton, Inc.
Louis C.K. as Louie

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

Will Win: Louis CK, Louie
Could Win: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Should Win: Louis CK, Louie
Shoulda Been Here: Jake Johnson, New Girl

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Enlightened • HBO • Ripcord Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Laura Dern as Amy

Girls • HBO • Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Showtime Presents, A Caryn Mandabach Production, Clyde Phillips Productions, Jackson Group Entertainment, Lionsgate Television
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation • NBC • Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Veep • HBO • Dundee Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

Will Win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Could Win: Lena Dunham, Girls
Should Win: Laura Dern, Enlightened (though all of them are fantastic)
Shoulda Been Here: Pretty perfect lineup.

29 Comments

  • Rob Thompson | September 18, 2013 9:17 AMReply

    The Big Bang Theory should win. It's funny from start to end, unlike Modern Family that has no jokes and is so not funny. Also, no other comedy comes close to Big Bang Theory in the ratings. It's the top rated comedy in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Why wouldn't the most watched win the Emmy for top comedy? If they don't win it's a travesty.

  • LALA | September 21, 2013 4:18 AM

    That's a ridiculous statement. Just because the Harry Potter series is the one of the highest grossing franchises of all time doesn't make it the best. Is Avatar the greatest movie of all time? Not by a long shot.

  • GTRET | September 4, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    DOT JONES ANYONE? I like this lady and her character very much in contrast to her show which doesn't amaze me. It is truly a shame that she has been snubbed for the past 2 years. They should make it up to her. She gave a terrific performance!!!!

  • Fofasio | July 24, 2013 5:56 PMReply

    30 Rock will win best comedy, actress and actor, but in the supporting categories, Modern Family rules, and this year the amazing and outstanding performances of Sofia Vergara and Ed O Neil deserves win, they are the best in their respective categories, God, enlighten the members of the academy to be these two emmy winners

  • Indroneil | July 5, 2013 7:46 AMReply

    I was rooting for Bob Newhart for Guest Comedy. But that was before Steve Carrell returned. Considering the fact that Michael Scott is the 2nd greatest character to have never won the honour (George Costanza, is first), they might just give it to him

  • Cordy | July 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    I'm 99% sure he did not submit himself, so they can't

  • LJA | July 3, 2013 11:50 AMReply

    If the Emmys don't nominate Steve Carrell for his guest appearance in 'The Office' finale, there's literally something wrong with the world. Yes, his last few seasons on 'The Office' were a little unbalanced, but the finale was a very strong episode and his added touches just made it all the better. He only had a few lines, but they saved his best 'That's what she said.' for the finale.

  • LALA | July 12, 2013 12:09 AM

    True, but what you're forgetting is that his part was far too short to garner any Emmy nomination. He literally appears for like five shots in the entire episode, and an hour-long episode at that. Sorry, Lja, but chances are Michael Scott was not significant enough in the Office finale to be nominated.

  • LALA | July 12, 2013 12:09 AM

    True, but what you're forgetting is that his part was far too short to garner any Emmy nomination. He literally appears for like five shots in the entire episode, and an hour-long episode at that. Sorry, Lja, but chances are Michael Scott was not significant enough in the Office finale to be nominated.

  • LALA | July 12, 2013 12:09 AM

    True, but what you're forgetting is that his part was far too short to garner any Emmy nomination. He literally appears for like five shots in the entire episode, and an hour-long episode at that. Sorry, Lja, but chances are Michael Scott was not significant enough in the Office finale to be nominated.

  • RedOmega | June 30, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    The Big Bang Theory deserves to win this year, as do the actors. Mayim Bialik and Kaley Coucou are brilliant, and have such comic timing. Modern Family is great too, but I think they need to be taken down a peg or two. BBT won this year.

  • Manfred | June 21, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    What else does Simon Helberg need to do to get some recognition? For crying out loud he just won a Critic's Choice. He was phenomenal this last season of the Big Bang Theory

  • Ryan | June 18, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    Why not Christoph Waltz for Saturday Night Live??? I thought that his episode was the best of the season, nor deserving than Justin Timberlake, who has won before.

  • Feedback | June 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    Waltz did not submit for Emmy consideration.

  • Christian | June 26, 2013 9:16 PM

    I absolutely agree. Mr. Waltz's episode was fantastic as a whole. Honestly, I couldn't pay attention during Timberlake's episode. It felt like a repeat of things I've seen before. Christoph's episode was so fresh it was almost rejuvenating.

  • blah | June 12, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    I can't watch Mordern Family anymore. It's not that funny. Veep, Girls, Arrested Development?

  • Jules | June 11, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    I definitely think Kristen Wiig in Arrested Development is worth something.

  • Julia | September 21, 2013 7:12 PM

    Oh God, bless you! Jason Bateman is the only one nominated in the significant categories this year, and the show was so great!

  • Mitchell | June 11, 2013 11:36 AMReply

    Ed Helms submitted in Supporting, Portia De Rossi submitted in Lead and nothing from Family Tree was submitted. You should really check these things before you re-post them.

  • Aaron | June 10, 2013 1:55 PMReply

    Toks Olagundoye is ridiculously good on "The Neighbors",whether you enjoy the show or not. If i had a vote, she would get it.

  • Ellen | June 8, 2013 8:20 PMReply

    I want to see more love for The Middle because that is a great show. Modern Family is very overrated. The Big Bang Theory, Suburgatory and New Girl are all much better than that show. I want to see Eden Sher and Charlie McDermott nominated.

  • Dan | June 8, 2013 10:55 AMReply

    I'm rooting for Jessica Walter to win, not just get nominated. She stands out in a cast of stand-outs.

  • jacquelyn | May 29, 2013 4:19 PMReply

    There is no way that Amy Poehler is not a lock for a nomination, especially after hosting the Golden Globes and Parks getting another season. She is a lock and a very very competitive contender

  • Luis | May 16, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    I think you snobbed SNL's Taran Killam. I think He did pretty well this year.

    I also would like Mayim Bialik Take that award from the modern family gals.

    I would also like the Emmys to snob John Cryer. Giving him the Emmy last year was very annoying to watch.

    And if modern family doesn't fill all of the male supporting roles spots, I wouldn't mind seeing Neil Patrick Harris again in that category.

  • Liz | April 19, 2013 1:30 PMReply

    Jake Johnson has been killing it on New Girl this season-definitely deserves a nod!

  • Bender | April 16, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    Regardless of Community's decline in quality in its fourth season, Danny Pudi deserves an emmy.

  • Sophie | April 16, 2013 4:42 PMReply

    Modern Family is overrated so I'd really like to see Big Bang theory take the best comedy trophy this year. I also believe Kaley Cuoco is due for a nomination because she's so brilliant on that show. More Parks and Rec nods would be nice too.

  • LALA | July 14, 2013 12:40 AM

    While Modern Family has been worsening the last few seasons, I believe the acting is truly superb; and by paying much attention to the Big Bang Theory, some good acting is involved, but if anything, Cuoco has never been worse on the show. Still good, but if she hasn't gotten a nod yet, I don't think she ever will.

  • shelly | April 15, 2013 11:44 AMReply

    Put down the pipe with mentioning Allison Williams. She is easily the worst actress on that show filled with questionable acting.