Predictability rules! So far the Emmys have done what they do best…reward the same people. It’s not that these entertainers, directors and writers don’t deserve the accolades, it’s just that TV fans like something different and while the biggest one of the night is still a ways away it’s beginning to feel just a little too familiar.
Here’s how the comedy categories broke down:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
- Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Adam Driver, Girls
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family
- Fred Armisen, Portlandia
- Tony Hale, Veep
Ty Burrell wins his second Emmy (out of five nominations) tonight for Modern Family and you can hear the collective groan coming from TV viewers everywhere. Nothing against Burrell, he’s insanely talented and it’s nice to see him getting his due after so many years, but if this is a sign to come of the rest of the night…the Emmys are going to be hemorrhaging ratings and fast.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
- “Episodes” — “Episode 305″ (David Crane)
- “Louie” — “So Did The Fat Lady” (Louis C.K.)
- “Orange Is the New Black” — “I Wasn’t Ready” (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
- “Silicon Valley” — “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency” (Alec Berg)
- “Veep” — “Special Relationship” (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)
Louie C.K. is one of those guys who can win a thousand times and nobody will complain about predictability. “So Did The Fat Lady” was easily one of the most talked about episodes of the last season and he deserves the recognition tonight.
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
- Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
- Julie Bowen, Modern Family
- Allison Janney, Mom
- Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
- Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney is the TV version of Meryl Streep…really enough said. This is her sixth win and second one this year. She won last week for her (extended) guest role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and previous to that won four times for her role on The West Wing.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
- “Episodes” — “Episode 309″ (Iain B. MacDonald)
- “Glee” — “100” (Paris Barclay)
- “Louis” — “Elevator, Part 6″ (Louis C.K.)
- “Modern Family” — “Vegas” (Gail Mancuso)
- “Orange Is the New Black” — “Lesbian Request Denied” (Jodie Foster)
- “Silicon Valley” — Minimum Viable Product” (Mike Judge)
Are you beginning to see a theme here? This is Mancuso’s second win in three nominations and the second award of the night for Modern Family which according to every expert “was not expected to do as well this year.” Stability…name of the game.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
- Louis CK, Louie
- Don Cheadle, House of Lies
- Ricky Gervais, Derek
- Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
- William H Macy, Shameless
- Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Parsons couldn’t even get nominated when the show first came out and now he’s won four times. While I could go on again about predictability, Parsons’ character had a big season and he’s actually one of the most likeable guys in the TV industry. He also had one of the night’s classiest speeches (so far) so you can’t help but be happy for the guy.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
- Lena Dunham, Girls
- Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
- Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
- Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
And Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the sweep…this is her third win in three years and it’s becoming very apparent she seems destined to join the ranks of Candice Bergen and Helen Hunt who each won five times in a row. Either way, you have to give credit to Louis-Dreyfus who once again found a fun way to accept the award and at least keep it somewhat interesting. By the way…if you aren’t watching Veep, you should, it is funny.
- The Big Bang Theory
- Modern Family
- Orange Is the New Black
- Silicon Valley
You didn’t have to be a psychic to see this coming based on how the night was going in the comedy categories. Modern Family is now tied with Frasier for the most consecutive wins by a comedy with five straight. It’s extremely possible that it takes sole possession of that record by next year. For those upset or confused by it winning AGAIN…go back and watch the two-part finale featuring the gay marriage of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet’s characters. As I said in my preview, it was equal parts hysterical and emotional which is exactly what voters saw when casting their ballot.
OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
- “The Amazing Race” (CBS)
- “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
- “Project Runway” (Lifetime)
- “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX)
- “Top Chef” (Bravo)
- “The Voice” (NBC)
We are just going to throw reality in here as well for two reasons…one it keeps with our predictability theme (this is the show’s 10th win) and this is actually the lone reality category of the night for the genre (the rest were given out at the Creative Arts awards last week).
While people are probably getting a little tired of Race winning all the time, the bigger concern should be how voters keep overlooking the show’s host Phil Keoghan who is one of the main reasons why it’s so successful.