• Orange is the New Black, Saturday Night Live, Modern Family lead Emmy nominations in comedy

    Modern FamilyNetflix’s Orange is the New Black snagged 12 primetime Emmy comedy nominations this morning, beating out perennial Emmy favorites Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory in total nods. And yes, Orange is the New Black is a comedy— this year, anyway. Last year, Netflix submitted the ensemble prison series as a drama. But if you’ve watched both seasons, you’ll know it’s not like the show has gotten funnier. It’s just part of the time-honored tradition of retroactively labeling a series so that it has a better chance during awards season. After all, who wants to compete against Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey? Apparently, not Netflix! And by the way, I love OITNB. But I’m also a huge fan of consistency. OITNB is a dark comedy in the best ways possible. Why not just commit to that every year?

    Coming in right under Orange is the New Black is the aforementioned Modern Family (10 nominations), HBO’s Veep (9 nominations), the aforementioned Big Bang Theory (7 nominations), Portlandia (6 nominations) while both HBO newcomer Silicon Valley and Louis C.K.’s FX hit Louie earned five nominations each, with Louis C.K. also getting a nod for his hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live. And speaking of Saturday Night Live and while we’re comparing apples to oranges, the iconic sketch series snagged 14 nominations, the most of any comedy program— variety, single camera, multi camera or otherwise. As for the proper variety show categories, it looks like Comedy Central heroes Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are equally loved– The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report both grabbed six nominations.

    Worth noting is that Sarah Silverman’s intimately-shot HBO special We Are Miracles was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special and Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special. The normally comedy-centric Lizzie Caplan snagged a lead actress nomination for her work in Showtime’s drama Masters of Sex. And Kristen Wiig got a nomination for lead actress in the mini-series category for her work in IFC’s The Spoils of Babylon, which parodies the entire concept of the mini-series. So meta, man.

    Below, you can check out a list of most of the comedy-related nominees. If you try to reconcile the totals I’ve listed above, it won’t work. If you want to check out the entire 43-page list of Emmy nominees you can download the file there —> Primetime Emmy nominations – 2014.

    Outstanding Comedy Series
    The Big Bang Theory
    Modern Family
    Orange Is the New Black
    Silicon Valley

    Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
    Louis CK, Louie
    Don Cheadle, House of Lies
    Ricky Gervais, Derek
    Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
    William H. Macy, Shameless
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

    Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
    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

    Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
    Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Ty Burrell, Modern Family
    Fred Armisen, Portlandia
    Adam Driver, Girls
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
    Tony Hale, Veep

    Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
    Julie Bowen, Modern Family
    Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
    Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
    Anna Chlumsky, Veep

    Outstanding Variety Series
    The Colbert Report
    The Daily Show
    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    Real Time with Bill Maher
    Saturday Night Live
    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
    The Colbert Report
    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    Inside Amy Schumer
    Key & Peele
    The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

    Outstanding Animate Program
    Bob’s Burgers
    South Park
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

    Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
    Bob Newhart as Arthur in The Big Bang Theory
    Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman in Modern Family
    Steve Buscemi as Marty in Portlandia
    Jimmy Fallon on Saturday Night Live
    Louis C.K. on Saturday Night Live
    Gary Cole as Kent Davison on Veep

    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
    Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols in Orange is the New Black
    Uzo Aduba as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in Orange is the New Black
    Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black
    Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live
    Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live
    Joan Cusack in Shameless

    Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
    Between Two Ferns
    Childrens Hospital
    Parks And Rec in Europe (NBC.com)
    The Soup: True Detective
    Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

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