The nominations are:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
This category is perhaps the most interesting it’s been for years, with the appearance of ‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’, both of which look like being Emmy heavyweights. I haven’t seen the most recent season of ‘The Office’, although the word seems to be that there’s been a dip in quality, which might count against it. The same has been said of ’30 Rock’, of course. I seem to be in a bit of a minority here, but I didn’t think that season 4 was measurably worse than seasons 1-3. Or perhaps the critical reputation of the first three seasons was a bit over-inflated. Anyway, it’s still full of insider-y TV biz jokes which will play to the key constituency, so while it’s less likely to win than in past years I don’t rule it out.
We haven’t yet had the second season of ‘Nurse Jackie’ in the UK, but if it’s anything like as good as season 1 it has to be a contender, although I wonder whether not actually being a comedy might ultimately deny it a vote or two here. And ‘Curb’ is ‘Curb’ – I love it, but unless the voters feel like rewarding it for the ‘Seinfeld’ revival I can’t see that the most recent season did anything which would turn it into a winner.
Which brings us back to the new guys. If the vote’s for a cultural phenomenon then ‘Glee’ will get it. If it’s for a comedy ‘Modern Family’ will win. My guess is the latter.
A couple of Emmy footnotes: surely the biggest nailed-on certainty of the whole thing has to be composer Michael Giacchino’s nomination for his soundtracking of ‘Lost’ finale ‘The End’. Also in the musical categories, it would be nice to see ‘Long Hard Times To Come’ winning Best Titles Music for the otherwise-deprived-of-Emmy-love ‘Justified’.