The TV Czar's Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Comedy Series
For some crazy reason, the Academy refuses to give me an Emmy ballot. Seems preposterous to me, but I suppose I have to accept their decision. Since they won't let me have my say, I've decided to submit my personal Emmy ballots via Technorati. The series will cover my ballots for the major Emmy awards leading up to the actual nominations on July 19.
30 Rock- Seemingly out of nowhere, 30 Rock enjoyed its best season in years and maybe the best one overall. I was already a huge fan of the show, but I was always aware of the deficiencies in the show. This season, they seemed to address those deficiencies and build on their already strong comedic chops. They had some iconic episodes (including a standout live episode), but very few flubs along the way. Everyone on the show was great, and they should be the favorite come Emmy time.
Parks and Recreation- After a perceived Hall of Fame season, Parks and Recreation backed it up with another superlative season. Parks and Recreation is a show with a ton of weapons in its arsenal that it can deploy whenever it wants to. The result is an incredibly diverse show with well-developed characters and storylines that can be hilarious and emotional, sometimes simultaneously. Of all of the comedies on this list, this show has the highest ceiling from week to week.
Girls- One of the most polarizing comedies of the season just happened to be one of its best. There were so many things about Girls that gave it a leg up on the rest of the competition. Within the first half-hour of the series, Lena Dunham crafted a setting, and gave us a sense of all of the major players. That’s a difficult task. (Just ask New Girl, who still can’t figure out what to do with Winston.) From the pilot, the show continued to build on the momentum it created and became one of the season’s most engaging comedies.Continued on the next page