Emmy nominations 2011: Parks and Recreation deserves to wreck house

The Emmy nominees for outstanding comedy series are mildly surprising, as none of Showtime's sort of comedies (Nurse Jackie, The Big C, et al) got a nod. Instead, NBC rules the day with three nominations, although Community unforunately got short shrift. Glee and Modern Family lost a bit of their luster this season, but still scored nominations, and at least The Big Bang Theory isn't Two and a Half Men.

parks and rec

Nominees:

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
  • Who Should Win
    While it would be nice to see The Office score a victory in Steve Carell's last season, it was an up and down year for the show, particularly after Carell left and the show started to list a bit. Parks and Recreation was the best comedy on TV this past season, and perhaps the best show period. Every episode was strong, as the cast and writers really built upon the success of season two to create an ever better Season Three.

    Who Will Win
    While it is easy to see Emmy voters sticking with Modern Family or going with Glee, I think 30 Rock will reclaim the mantle of Outstanding Comedy Series. The show bounced back this season after a lackluster run, and it has a couple of notable episodes it can rely on to help it get over the top with voters, such as the live episode and its 100th episode.

    By Chris Morgan

    About the author

    Chris Morgan has written for an abundance of websites. He once cowrote a show for The Second City in Detroit. It was closed soon after. He has a podcast: http://cheers.libsyn.com/rss He wrote a novel: http://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Gets-Your-Eyes-ebook/dp/B00961KJNW/

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    3 Comments
    On: Thursday, July 14, 2011
    Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

    Totally agree that Parks & Rec operated at a superior level this season -- brilliant writing, acting, story telling, show chemistry. All the more remarkable that it's on a broadcast network. 

    On: Thursday, July 14, 2011
    Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

    Also: Community should have been nominated. Not quite as good as P&R this season but very very close. 

    On: Thursday, July 14, 2011
    nickp said:

    Congratulations to all the Modern Family cast for ALL the nominations! Best Comedy two years in a row. 

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