Emmy Nominations Preview: Will 'Glee' Lead a Comedy Revolution?
Emmy Nominations Preview: Will 'Glee' Lead a Comedy Revolution?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
This Thursday the 2010 Emmy nominations will be announced, and unlike past years, all eyes will be on the comedy field. With the brightest crop of freshman comedies in a long time, the Emmys could finally get young and hip with shows like Glee, Modern Family and Hung. This would be a nice change of pace from your grandma's Emmys where Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men have ruled.

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The nominees will tell the tale of whether the old guard keeps the status quo or if the new generation is finally ready to breathe new life into a stale race. Will Glee, Modern Family and more cool new shows make the cut, or will Emmy voters default to Tony Shalhoub in Monk?

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Here's my breakdown of the old vs. the young, the hipsters vs. those in need of a hip replacement. Thursday morning will prove which side wins.

Outstanding Comedy Series

Old Voter: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, The Office, Two and a Half Men

Young Voter: Californication, Community, Glee, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, Party Down

With so many great cable shows, it's hard to understand why stale older comedies would even factor in. The truth is that NBC's funniest Thursday night shows are the two newer ones while The Office and 30 Rock just aren't as funny as they used to be.

Lead Actor

Old Voter: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Larry David, (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)

Young Voter: David Duchovny (Californication), Thomas Jane (Hung), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Joel McHale (Community), Matthew Morrison (Glee), Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death)

While I love Larry David and Jim Parsons, there are a lot of new faces that deserve serious Emmy consideration, and since he's getting up early to announce the nominees, it would be nice of Emmy voters to give Joel McHale something special.

Lead Actress

Old Voter: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Jenna Elfman (Accidentally on Purpose), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)

Young Voter: Toni Collette (United States of Tara), Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lea Michele (Glee), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation),

While my picks for the old voter may include a lot of new shows, it mainly includes old actresses who've been nominated in this category for past roles, which sadly reflects how older voters may nominate a person instead of a performance.

Supporting Actor

Old Voter: Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tracy Morgan (30 Rock), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), Rainn Wilson (The Office)

Young Voter: Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Chris Colfer (Glee), Ted Danson (Bored to Death), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Danny Pudi (Community), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family)

This is a category that could easily host 10 or even 15 strong candidates, so if old standards like Jon Cryer and Jeremy Piven get in, the only explanation is that the old people are still running the show.

Supporting Actress

Old Voter: Jenaa Fischer (The Office), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty)

Young Voter: Jane Adams (Hung), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Lizzy Caplan (Party Down), Jane Lynch (Glee), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)

For some reason actresses like Perkins and Hines keep getting nominated despite relatively light and insignificant performances. With a relatively weak category, it would be great to see both Modern Family women get in.


With so many great new comedies to choose from, the Emmy voters can really clean house and nominate a whole new group of stars. If they're smart, they'll recognize that shows like 30 Rock, The Office and Two and a Half Men shouldn't be rubber-stamped and give serious consideration to a new generation of talent.

Check back for our complete Emmy nominations coverage Thursday morning.


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