Excellent Comedy Sequence – Deadline

September 7, 2022

Six of the eight nominees on this class have been beforehand nominated, however solely two, Ted Lasso and Hacks, had been among the many nominees final yr. The exhibits dominated the comedy classes with Lasso selecting up seven Emmys together with the highest one, and Hacks rising triumphant within the all-important writing, directing and Lead Actress contests. With six extra contenders, will Lasso and Hacks be dominant on Emmy night time as soon as once more, particularly now that they’re of their second seasons and not the brand new guys on the block? Each Barry and Curb Your Enthusiasm are, like Hacks, additionally from HBO/HBO Max, making that premium community/streamer the one outlet with a number of nominations. That may very well be a plus for the opposite networks as they don’t should compete in opposition to themselves, however this type of dominance nonetheless is a pleasant downside to have for HBO, which has a mixed 35 nominations within the Comedy classes. An attention-grabbing truth is that this class has defied Emmy historical past recently by awarding a distinct present (Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, Schitt’s Creek, Ted Lasso) the prize for the primary time in all their circumstances within the final 4 years consecutively. Does that imply we’re once more ripe for one thing that has by no means received?

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Abbott Elementary, ABC

This newcomer, and out-of-the-gate hit, has the doubtful distinction of being the one broadcast community present to interrupt via this yr in any of the three prime program classes. It additionally has by far probably the most numerous solid and behind the scenes expertise of any of those nominees. Starring and created by Quinta Brunson, it’s a present that has a lot to say concerning the schooling system and that provides it added gravitas. It actually can be fairly the feat to land a win on its first time round, and a much-needed increase for the main networks to have an Emmy winner right here for the primary time since one other ABC present, Trendy Household, dominated 5 years in a row. Though it has one of many lowest totals of nominations on this class with solely 7, it picked up the one a kind of – casting in a comedy collection – that it was even up for eventually weekend’s Inventive Arts Emmys, and that impressively is yet another than presumed entrance runner Ted Lasso did at these ceremonies. Plus it has been on a roll sweeping the TCA awards with 4 wins as voting was taking place.

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BarryHBO

The hitman and wannabe actor, as filtered via the thoughts of Invoice Hader, is again within the race for the primary time in three years, actually not as a result of voters ignored it, however merely due to an extended spell between seasons. The present, first nominated in 2018, has received six Emmys for its preliminary two seasons, and has 14 nominations in its third, the place it appeared to get even darker. The present has not had any much less vital acclaim than it all the time had regardless of the hiatus. The massive query is perhaps if sufficient voters really imagine this darkly distinctive collection is known as a comedy anymore. It picked up 3 wins already eventually weekend’s Inventive Arts Emmys.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO

If any present is overdue for an Emmy victory right here, it’s this gem from Larry David which has been turning it out so constantly since 2001. That is the present’s tenth Excellent Comedy Sequence nomination, amongst a far-too-small complete of 4 nominations general this yr. In all that point, it has racked up 51 nominations however solely two wins. For those who ask me, it’s excessive time for voters to offer this hilarious present a more in-depth look. Nonetheless principally improvised after which crafted into basic comedy, I discover it onerous to curb my very own enthusiasm for what it continues to realize.

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HacksHBO

It isn’t all the time simple for a collection to search out its groove proper from the beginning, however Hacks knew what it was all about instantly after sneaking on the air slightly below the wire for the 2021 Emmy eligibility and hasn’t let up in its second season. Proof of its success was coming proper in and taking Emmys for writing, directing, and, in fact, Lead Actress for Jean Sensible, even when it appeared Ted Lasso may show too stiff a competitor. I’ve a sense Hacks got here nearer to a win on this class as effectively, and is perhaps primed with its 17 nominations to just do that now, and it already received a pair on the Inventive Arts Emmys.

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The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselAmazon Prime Video

The one collection apart from Ted Lasso to really know what it’s wish to be named Excellent Comedy Sequence — it received on its first strive in 2018 — has since been nominated right here an general 4 occasions, and this yr has 12 nominations so as to add to its earlier 54 nods and 20 wins. The larger query although is can it discover its means again to the winner’s circle 4 years later or has this Prime Video hit already had its second?

 

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Solely Murders within the ConstructingHulu

With 17 nominations on its maiden Emmy voyage, voters are clearly loving this teaming of Steve Martin, Martin Quick and Selena Gomez — though the snub of Gomez within the Lead Actress class is an enormous miss. Together with Abbott Elementary it’s the solely different first season collection to make the minimize right here, however can it do what Lasso did final yr and win proper off the bat? The solid, and the cleverly constructed comedic thriller format, makes me suppose it has an actual shot to just do that. It already picked up 3 Inventive Arts Emmys over the weekend.

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Ted Lasso, Apple TV+

With 20 nominations, matching its first season complete, the Ted Lasso Emmy categorical exhibits no indicators of slowing down. It as soon as once more leads the pack on this class and possibly needs to be thought of the frontrunner once more. It’s a present all about kindness, and one Emmy voters have proven monumental kindness towards themselves. If Season 2 was not fairly as bewitching as Season 1, it nonetheless delivered on all that Emmy love, and a current packed marketing campaign occasion confirmed business followers are nonetheless quite a few. Publicity that subsequent season is perhaps its ultimate one may simply add to the urgency to maintain honoring it. Draw back is that over the weekend it was zilched on the Inventive Arts Emmys, shedding all 10 of the nominations it was up for at these ceremonies. An indication?

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What We Do within the ShadowsFX

This wacky vampire comedy is up for its second shot on this class having been beforehand nominated in its first eligible yr of 2020. The hole yr did no hurt because it added one other seven nominations to its lifetime complete of 17, and it proves viewers and voters love the pure madness of its humor. In some methods a new-age Addams Household or Munsters, I’ve to say I’d be shocked to see it win, so we are going to put it squarely at nighttime horse class, however regardless of the outcomes, the collection is a particular winner in relation to pure comedy chops.

THE PREDICTED WINNER: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY