• Louis C.K., Modern Family, Colbert Report, Daily Show rule comedy categories at Emmys

    Snagging seven — SEVEN — primetime Emmy nominations this morning, Louis C.K. continues his placement in the comedy world – and more recently, mainstream entertainment — as a critical darling.

    C.K. scored nominations for writing and directing in the variety special category for his stand-up special Live at the Beacon Theatre, which was also nominated for the overall category of Outstanding Special Class Programs and Outstanding Picture Editing For Short-Form Segments And Variety Specials. You may be asking, how did a self-released comedy special grab Emmy nominations? Well, remember that weeks after he sold the hour-long performance through his website, FX aired an edited version thereof, in part, so that it would be eligible for traditional awards. So, technically, the FX version got the nomination. And so the Team Louis plan worked. The comedian also earned outstanding lead actor, directing and writing nominations for Louie for the second year in a row. If you’re keeping count, that’s four nods for Beacon, and three for Louie.

    In the lead actor category, he’s up against Larry David, Jon Cryer, Jim Parsons (last year’s winner), Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin. The category’s female counterparts finds Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (her 13th lifetime Emmy nomination!) and Melissa McCarthy – she won the lead actress prize last year – vying for that golden trophy.

    Meanwhile the comedy series in the running for the title of ‘outstanding’ are Curb Your Enthusiasm (which hasn’t been on the air since September of last year), Girls, 30 Rock, Veep, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory. Modern Family won last year.

    And in one of the more interesting races, four actors from the same show – Modern Family (naturally) will be competing for the supporting actor crown: Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell (who won the prize last year) and Eric Stonestreet will face off against Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader and New Girl’s Max Greenfield. Dear, Emmy folks: Just give it to Hader. He deserves it.

    Two of Modern Family’s ladies – Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara – are up for the supporting actress trophy. Bowen won it last year, but Vergara has also been nominated. In fact, this is the third year in a row Vergara’s been on the short list of supporting actresses— she’s lost every time. Will 2012 be her year? I love her and all, but her character has become a little played out. Yes, watching Vergara scream in broken English is funny– but not after four seaons. Give this award to Mayim Bialik, who makes The Big Bang Theory slightly watchable while she’s onscreen. The remaining nods in this category go to Merritt Wever fom Nurse Jackie and Desperate Housewives’s Kathryn Joosten, who sadly died last month from lung cancer at the age of 72, three weeks after her character succumbed to a brain tumor on the series finale.

    My main complaint is that, once again, not one member of the Community cast was nominated for an Emmy. I know the Emmy board isn’t totally against edgier or more absurd comedy, seeing as they know enough to nominate the likes of Louie and Portlandia, so why the major holdout on Community? Huh, people that run the Emmys? Why? But, check this out: The Community writers were nominated for their work on the Remedial Chaos Theory episode! They’ve got some stiff competition, however. They’re up against two episodes of Parks and Recreation, Louie and Girls.

    The Emmys air live on Sunday, Sept. 23 on ABC at 7 pm ET. Jimmy Kimmel will be your host.

    Most of the rest of the comedy nominees – featuring The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Portlandia – are listed below (full list of all those other boring categories are here). Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section!

    Outstanding Comedy Series:
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    30 Rock
    Modern Family
    The Big Bang Theory

    Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
    Zooey Deschanel
    Lena Dunham
    Edie Falco
    Amy Poehler
    Tina Fey
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    Melissa McCarthy

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
    Mayim Bialik
    Merritt Wever
    Julie Bowen
    Kristen Wiig
    Sofia Vergara
    Kathryn Joosten

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
    Ed O’Neill
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    Ty Burrell
    Eric Stonestreet
    Bill Hader
    Max Greenfield

    Outstanding Variety Series:
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    The Colbert Report
    Real Time with Bill Maher
    Saturday Night Live
    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

    Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series:
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Chuck O’Neil
    Portlandia, Jonathan Krisel
    The Colbert Report, James Hoskinson
    Saturday Night Live, Don Roy King
    Late Show with David Letterman, Jerry Foley

    Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series:
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    The Colbert Report
    Real Time with Bill Maher
    Saturday Night Live

    Outstanding Animated Program:
    American Dad – Hot Water
    The Penguins of Madagascar
    Futurama – The Tip of the Zoidberg
    Bob’s Burgers — BurgerBoss
    The Simpsons – Holidays of Future Passed

    Dylan P. Gadino

    Dylan is the founder and editor emeritus of Laughspin.

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