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Emmy Noms 2015 ~ First Impressions, Comedy

While yours truly hasn't done the full statistical research to back this statement up it seems at cursory glance that the Comedy Series portion of the Emmys is ever so slightly less set in stone year to year than the Drama side. But with Orange is the New Black, last year's strongest new comedy, vacating the premises for Drama contending with Season 2 there's a bit of wiggle room here and there in addition to their usual eenie mini mo playfulness in the sixth slot in most categories. More importantly this past TV season was particularly strong when it came to new comedies. So many freshmen or revived series won strong reviews and/or much media attention (Transparent, Jane the Virgin, Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, The Comeback, Grace & Frankie, etcetera) that it stands to reason that the Comedy nominations will look much different than they usually do. 

But do they? Find out after the jump...


Outstanding Comedy Series
"Louie" (3rd nom in 5 seasons)
"Modern Family" (6th season, 6th nom - 5 previous wins) 
"Parks & Recreation" (2nd nom in 8 seasons)
"Silicon Valley" (2nd season, 2nd nom)
"Transparent" (1st season)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (1st season)
"Veep" (4th season, 4th nom)

Similarities to last year: 4/7 with The Big Bang Theory missing and Orange forced to relocate

Potential Record Breaker: If Modern Family wins for its 6th season, it'll be the top Emmy comedy of all time. It's currently tied with Frasier for that honor though pundits believe Veep could finally dethrone it. 

Jane wasn't nominated but at least her co-star was

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" (nom, season for this character. / previously for other stuff)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" (4th nom, 4th season with 3 wins for this character. 15 other noms/2 wins)
Lisa Kudrow, "The Comeback" (2nd nom, 2nd season. 8 noms / 1 win previously for other stuff)
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" (5 noms for 8 seasons. 8 previous other noms)
Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer" (3rd season, 1st nom/1st time eligible in this category)
Lily Tomlin, "Grace & Frankie" (1st nom/1st season. 21 nominations/6 wins previously for other stuff) 

Similarities to Last Year: 3/6 Dunham and McCarthy got the heav-ho for newbies and Schilling had to compete in the far more competitive Drama category (and didn't make it)

Surprise: Frankie but no Grace. And Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt all over the place but without the actual Kimmy Schmidt

Sorry About It: Gina Rodriguez and Jane the Virgin didn't fare well proving that Emmy voters still won't watch the CW.

the brilliant Jeffrey Tambor -- will he finally win an Emmy?

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, "Black-ish"
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Will Forte, "Last Man on Earth"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jeffrey Tambor, "Transparent"

Simiarities to Last Season: 4/7 with Jim Parsons finally booted after 4 wins and Gervais no longer eligible. Thank god. 

Getting On is a great great show that virtually no one watches

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" (6 noms in 6 seasons, 2 wins)
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" (4 noms from 5 seasons of its 9)
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep" (3 noms for 4 seasons)
Gaby Hoffman, "Transparent" (1st nom, 1st season)
Allison Janney, "Mom" (2nd nom, 2nd season, 1 win. 8noms/5wins for other things 
Jane Krakowski, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (1st nom, 1st season. 4 previous nominations)
Kate McKinnon, "Saturday Night Live"  (2nd nomination in this category, 3rd overall -all for SNL)
Niecy Nash, "Getting On" (1st nom, 2nd season)

Similarities to Last Year: 5/8

Surprise: 8 nominees in this category which means the voting was ultra close to trigger that. 

ENORMOUS Surprise: Niecy Nash? I mean she's great on that show but in a really quiet way and the show wasnt getting attention elsewhere nor has she for other shows. The day's biggest shock? I think so.


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2nd nom for 2nd season. 7 noms/2 wins previously)
Tituss Burgess, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (1st nom, 1st season)
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" (6th nom for 6 seasons. 2 wins)
Adam Driver, "Girls" (3rd nom for 4 seasons)
Tony Hale, "Veep" (3rd nom for 4 seasons.noms)
Keegan-Michael Key, "Key & Peele" (1st nom, 4th season. previous nominations for writing)

Similarities to Last Year: 4/6 with only Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Fred Armison dropping out to make way for Keegan-Michael and Tituss. 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Mel Brooks, "The Comedians"
Louis C.K., "Saturday Night Live"
Paul Giamatti, "Inside Amy Schumer"
Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"
Jon Hamm, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Bradley Whitford, "Transparent" 

Similarities to Last Year: Louis CK gets nomianted for hosting SNL again. Jon Hamm isn't a stranger to this category either having been here for a Tina Fey show before, albeit a different one. 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon, "Louie" (1st nom for this character. Previously 2 noms/1 win for other stuff)
Elizabeth Banks, "Modern Family" (3rd nomination in this category, previously it was for 30 Rock)
Christina Baranski, "The Big Bang Theory" (3rd nomination for this character) 
Joan Cusack, "Shameless" (5th consecutive nomination for this character in this category)
Tina Fey, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (too much Emmy history to tabulate!)
Gaby Hoffman, "Girls" (also nominated in Supporting Actress)

Similarities to Last Year: 2/6 with Tina Fey and Joan Cusack returning, Fey for a different character

Unintentional Hilarity: After finally changing the rules on guest categories so you couldn't be a regular and still get nominated, the always nominated Joan Cusack, who's been cheating as a regular cast member in the guest category for the entire run of Shameless is STILL nominated, as she had a reduced role this season and thus qualifies. 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
"Episodes" -- "Episode 409" (David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik)
"Last Man on Earth" - "Alive in Tucson" (Will Forte)
"Louie" -- "Bobby's House" (Louis C.K.)
"Silicon Valley" -- "Two Days of the Condor" (Alec Berg)
"Transparent" -- "Pilot" (Jill Soloway)
"Veep" - "Election Night" (multiple)  

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
"Last Man on Earth" -- "Alive in Tucson" (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller)
"Louis" -- "Sleepover" (Louis C.K.)
"Silicon Valley" -- "Sand Hill Shuffle" (Mike Judge)
"Transparent" -- "Best New Girl" (Jill Soloway)
"Veep" - "Testimony" (Arnando Iannucci) 


Other Stuff:

The Variety and Reality categories aren't really worth sharing as they're nearly always identical -- as per usual RuPaul's Drag Race was shunned -- though it did receive its first nomination...

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi Camera Series Or Special - 2015

but in the main categories those long in the tooth zombie competition shows are still nominated for everything instead of Ru. But you can see them here


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Reader Comments (26)

"Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Fred Armison dropping out to make way for Keegan-Michael and Tituss" is the sentence that pretty much sums up the improvements this year. I'm happy for Emmy.

BTW, RPDR scored its first and only nom for Outstanding Makeup For A Multi Camera Series Or Special (Mathu Anderson).

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBD

I think it's very telling when a series nominated for Outstanding Comedy doesn't get a single nomination for writing or directing, but I won't mention any names...

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

That Supporting Actress field is tough. Krakowski is owed it. I'll be happy with any except Bialik, Bowen or Janney.

I'm glad for Niecy Nash. Her line reading "Miss Bertie, that's your lil' pussy" is the hardest I've laughed in ages and she deserves it just for that.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

I'm really happy for Parks, Tituss and Lily. I didn't really expect nominations for any of them.

It's a shame that they never recognized Nick Offerman, but I guess they had to nominate the entire supporting cast of Modern Family every year instead.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

If Tituss wins please baby Jesus let them play Pinot Noir on his walk to the podium.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharles O

My grief at the complete lack of Jane the Virgin (and Ellie Kemper) is mountainous. I'm too sad to even get angry about it. BOO, EMMYS!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Jeffrey Tambor is certainly deserving and I love Transparent. It does have humorous moments, but it's no more a comedy than Six Feet Under was. I don't care how long each episode is.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBiggs

ALSO: This year proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the Emmys are just as big starfuckers as those notorious Golden Globe voters, the Hollywood Foreign press. Movie star on a TV show? Here's your nomination! Been nominated for an Emmy before? Welcome back, here's another one for you! Person doing great work who we've never heard of before? NONE FOR YOU!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

TERRIBLE nominations all around tbh. Hopefully Mad Men sweeps and we can just think about next year when they'll inevitably do the same damn thing again.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRahul

I'm super happy for Niecy Nash. Well done.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I echo Biggs and call category fraud for Transparent. Is running time really THE deciding factor for categorization? If OITNB counts as drama, certainly Transparent does as well?

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrosecityjesse

A lot of nice surprises this year, I think. Still don't get how "Grace of Monaco" was allowed to even be called a TV Movie when it was clearly not produced to be one... And Nat, do you think "Selma" helped Niecy Nash get more exposure? Or was her part too small for that?

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

denny: NONE of the Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast has gotten a nomination. I don't know if anyone HERE has seen the show, but if I were to sum it up: The core five make the Seinfeld protagonists seem like paragons in comparison ("She had Man Hands" vs. The D.E.N.N.I.S. system) and there's a clear flowing continuity with the characters.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

@Volvagia I watch "Sunny"! Those actors have been doing great work for years now. Especially Charlie Day and Kaitlin Olson.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

Biggs & Rosecityjesse -- yes, running time is now officially the determinating factor for Emmy just like episode count is now the Guest/Supporting divide. Let's face it. They had to make these rulings. Too many shows were doing strange things and even jumping categories to try and get traction. You can appeal but the only shows that did and were granted the appeal this year were Shameless and Jane the Virgin. (I have no idea why they approved Shameless as comedy!)

July 16, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Eight nominees for supporting actress and none of them was Lauren Weedman for "Looking."

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

As long as Lisa Kudrow got her nom, I don't care about any other Emmy shenanigans. Valerie Cherish 4eva.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvan


July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Quite surprised by the exclusions of Nathan Lane, The Big Bang Theory, Parsons, Tyler-Fergusson and Modern Family in directing/writing.
And they can't even sneak Hugh Laurie in there?
Having a strong sense that VEEP will finally prevail this year, hooray.
Seriously though, no Ellie Kemper and Jane Fonda. Hiss.
Loving Lisa Kudrow, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Hamm, Jane Krakowski, and Tituss Burgess' noms. PINOT NOIR!

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFadhil

Wasn't the current season of TBBT hailed as it's best?
If so, I'm quite baffled by it's snub in Best Comedy. It's not so sad for Jim Parsons, who has won FOUR TIMES. Why not Johnny Galecki? He's so great as Leonard.... *sigh*
At least Mayim Bialik and Christine Baranski are nominated.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Whatever one may say about the decline of Modern Family, one thing is certain: Julie Bowen remains a goddess of comedy.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

The best supporting actor category is great, Tituss Burgess is probably the funniest character of the year. I think Keegan Michael Key is great, but it seems a little weird to have an actor who's on screen for basically the whole runtime in supporting. Is it just the 'sketch performers always go in supporting' idea that put him there?

It's somewhat surprising that they recognized Amy Schumer, she's definitely a cultural phenomenon but it seems like the kind of show that they would continue to ignore if they didn't recognize it in the first season.

Also like the nom for Anthony Anderson, 'black-ish' is a really sweet likeable show, but to me the best part is definitely Tracee Ellis Ross.

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I love Tina Fey, but this shows that they'll nominate her for reading the phone book (her Marcia Clark as a goon character is funny enough, but nom-worthy? I would have nominated the actress who played her friend in the bunker instead. The one who married Gay Brandon.)

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

Jakey -agreed. I love Tina Fey but that was hardly a shining moment for her as an actress. Many other people were worthier and she's been much funnier in other appearances

July 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

Many other people were worthier

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