Unpopcult at the Emmys part 6: Best Comedy

The nominations are:

30 Rock

Curb Your Enthusiasm


Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

The Office

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’.

4 thoughts on “Unpopcult at the Emmys part 6: Best Comedy

  1. Red July 14, 2010 / 11:46 am

    I’ve seen Season 2 of Nurse Jackie. The first episode really annoyed me for reasons i will go into once you’ve seen it. But zoey and O’Hara are great throughout the season and get more screentime together. Watch out for the Hermes scarf. 🙂

    Thank god this category is Two and a Half Men free.

    I’ve only seen half the shows, but out of those I would definitely say Modern Family is the funniest.

  2. CJ Cregg July 14, 2010 / 1:38 pm

    Fun factoid about Michael Giacchino – if he wins this Emmy (and I agree with you Jed, I think he will), he will have won an Emmy, a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Oscar (the latter 3 all for UP’s soundtrack/score) all in the same year. Wow!

    Anyway, despite being a cheerleader for seasons 1 and 2, I thought season 3 of 30 Rock was sub-standard so I didn’t make time to watch season 4. If it was of a similar standard, it shouldn’t win but I agree with Jed that we can’t rule it out. The single episode of Nurse Jackie that I watched was about as funny as a blow to the head so no to that too. Glee for me, but I agree Modern Family is a real contender.

  3. Jed Bartlet July 14, 2010 / 1:45 pm

    If you’d been watching 30 Rock, CJ, you’d know that Michael Giacchino is only a Tony away from being able to wear Tracy Jordan’s EGOT necklace. There was a fantastic article about Giacchino in The New Yorker a few weeks ago. I don’t know if it’s available online but it’s worth seeking out (as is the New Yorker podcast for the same week in which Alex Ross, the author of the article, discusses his work and the role of the soundtrack composer in general).

    I’m beyond thrilled to find out that Zoey still rocks in season 2 of Nurse Jackie, Red. I heart her. Makes it all the more surprising that Merritt Wever didn’t get a nomination. Even though it has lots of very funny bits, I still don’t really think of it as a comedy.

  4. Olive July 14, 2010 / 10:07 pm

    I agree, Jed. It’s not a comedy even if there are some funny bits in it. It started out funnier than it ended up too so by the end there wasn’t so very much to laugh at.

    I’m surprised that Cougar Town didn’t get a look in.

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