2013 Emmy Predictions: What Comedies Will Be Nominated?
2013 Emmy Predictions: What Comedies Will Be Nominated?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The 2013 Emmy Award nominations will be announced Thursday, July 18 at 5:35am PT. They will be revealed by House of Cards star Kata Mara and Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.

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Before we find out who will compete, I'm taking a look at what you might expect to see Thursday morning. What old favorites can bank on nominations? What new shows have a shot?

Broadcast Network Domination

While the drama side of the Emmys has been ruled by cable for the past few years, broadcast networks still have the upper hand in comedy. Modern Family is a three-time champion and is definitely going to score nominations for Series and probably five or six acting nominations. The Big Bang Theory is still growing in popularity and that might finally help some deserving supporting stars get into the races (Simon Helberg, for instance).

While those are the two big ones, the final season of 30 Rock could go out with a bang, and shows like New Girl and Parks and Recreation will most likely pick up one or two nominations (for Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield).

The Edgy Cable "Comedies"

The more comedic major network shows will once again have to do battle with edgy cable shows that aren't exactly traditional comedies. HBO's Girls made a big splash last year, but the buzz isn't nearly as strong for the second season. Nurse Jackie is always a solid contender, especially for star Edie Falco. And FX's Louie is the coolest show on TV which could break into the Series category. There's also Don Cheadle in House of Lies and Matt LeBlanc's Episodes. Then there's Veep, which is probably the funniest of the cable class and which could definitely get big nominations.

Can Netflix Join the Party?

As I mentioned in my post on the drama categories, the big question is how much the Emmys will embrace Netflix. While House of Cards has a good chance, Arrested Development, as a former Emmy champion, is an even better bet. Expect it to reenter the race for Series, and it could score a boatload of nominations for its stars, including Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter and maybe even Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett and Poretia de Rossi. And with a stellar guest cast, it could easily be the most-nominated comedy of the year.

No New Shows

There are always a handful of new comedies to enter the race. Last year, Girls, Veep, New Girl and House of Lies all scored major nominations.  The year before that, Louie, Episodes, Mike and Molly and Raising Hope entered the picture. And before that, Glee, Modern Family and Nurse Jackie changed the entire Emmy landscape for comedies.

This year, however, that will not happen. The 2012-2013 season was a miserable failure for comedies. On the major networks, The Neighbors and The Mindy Project are the only two successes, if you can even call them that. I'm not holding my breath for Mindy Kaling to be in the race, or for a canceled show like The New Normal or Go On to pick up an acting nomination, or for people to notice Sutton Foster on Bunheads. In fact, I don't expect to see a single major nomination for a new comedy.


What do you think of the comedy races? Will The Big Bang Theory pick up nominations for more than just Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Mayim Bialik? Will Girls have another great showing, or will it be pushed aside? Can 30 Rock's final season see it regain its former Emmy glory?


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