If there’s anything more confusing than a list of Emmy® winners, I’m not sure I know what it is. Even after some horrendous snubs (not just Tatiana Maslany…), there were still a lot of worthy nominees this year. The problem is that deserved wins by the consistently excellent Breaking Bad (for example) were cheapened by repeat wins by shows that were not as good as other nominees in their class (Modern Family, for example).
For every win for something new and amazing (Fargo), there was a win that made no sense at all (Kathy Bates over Allison Tolman? WTF?). And how does Louis C.K. win for comedy writing and lose comedy series to Modern Family, Academy? You just said that Louie had the best (ie: funniest) comedy writing!
Anyway, follow the jump for a complete list of Emmy winners and, quite possibly, a wee bit of commentary.
The Directors Guild of America honored directors from both the film and television industry on January 28, 2012. Some of the top directors competing for the titles of Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film, Comedy Series, Musical Variety, Dramatic Series, and Mini-Series, gathered their casts and crews at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.
Some of the big names that were vying for awards this year were 30 Rock, Modern Family and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to honorees, stars filled the event as well: Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and Fred Savage to name a few.
Though Michael Hazanavicius took the coveted award for Feature Film, this year’s comedy series category proved to be one of the most competitive:
30 Rock (NBC)
30 Rock is a television comedy that was created by Tina Fey. The whole series is based on her experiences as the head writer for Saturday Night Live. A show with-in a show, the series takes place behind the scenes based of a fictional comedy sketch show. 30 Rock actually refers to the building where the program is produced, the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Modern Family (ABC)
Modern Family is centered on the lives of three branches of the same family. This comedy does a beautiful job of comically portraying the things that plague most of our families. There are running bits about old grudges, broken stairs and the odd quirks every family tries to hide. The show is shot as if it were a documentary, so there is plenty of footage of the characters doing normal activities such as eating breakfast, running the washing machine or playing ball. This series does a beautiful job of balancing outrageously funny moments with touching scenes that showcase the good in families.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
This series is focused on Larry David’s life as a producer and writer in New York City. It revolves around his many personalities and problems with social conventions and their expectations of him. He is easily annoyed by the way other people behave and has a hard time letting go of anything. The whole show is filmed without a script, so it can often take a hilarious turn that even the producers didn’t originally see coming.
All three shows are ratings-toppers and fan favorites, but only one could take home the prize. With his second DGA, director Robert Weide’s directorial team took home the prize for Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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Multiple nominees abound in Comedy Central’s First Annual Comedy Awards nominations. NBC’s 30 Rock leads the way with seven, but The Office and Modern Family are close behind with four apiece. On the movie side, Easy A and Kick-Ass also garnered four noms.
Comedy Central’s Comedy Awards were created to award the best achievements in comedy in film and television – a category that is so often ignored by The Oscars® and The Emmys®. The First Annual comedy awards will be broadcast across several networks – Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite – on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
The complete list of nominations follows the jump.
ABC gave six of its current series early pick-ups for the 2011-12 season. The good news went to Castle, Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice. The press release follows the jump.
ABC has announced the dates of the May finales for its primetime programming which you can check out following the jump – series finales and likely series finales are in bold print [note: some of these series are still on the bubble, so any uptick in their ratings could result in a stay of execution – except Betty. sorry].
Modern Family [ABC, Wednesdays, 9/8C] is a remarkably smart new series about three families that intertwine in unexpected ways. First, there’s Phil [Ty Burrell] and Claire [Julie Bowen] who have been married for long enough to have a teen daughter, Alex [Ariel Winter], a tween daughter, Haley [Sarah Hyland] and a son, Luke [Nolan Gould], who likes to stick his head in the banister. Then there are Jay [Ed O’Neill] and Gloria [Sofia Vergara] – an older man with a mid-life crisis and a trophy wife, who has an eleven-year old son, Manny [Rico Rodriguez]. Finally, there’s a gay couple – Mitchell [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cameron [Eric Stonestreet] – who have been together for five years and just adopted a Vietnamese child.