EMMYS Analysis: Web Series Become Major Contenders Via Netflix, ‘Louie’ Scores Series Nom, Broadcast’s Drama Drought Continues
2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations (LIVE)
Six years after the TV Academy changed its rules to allow online series to compete in the Emmy race alongside traditional shows, series that have not aired on broadcast or cable TV made it to the top categories for the first time. Leading the breakthrough is streaming giant Netflix with House Of Cards, which landed 9 nominations, including best drama series and best actor/actress for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, and Arrested Development, with a best actor nom for Jason Bateman. Netflix, which scored a total of 12 noms vs. none last year, employed some non-traditional Emmy campaign tactics, including lawn signs and a BBQ food truck. This marks Bateman’s second nomination for his starring role on the cult comedy eight years after he was first nominated for the series’ second season on Fox. But while the comedy earned best series noms for each of its three seasons on Fox, this time around it missed the cut in the top category.
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Meanwhile, FX’s Louie continued its awards momentum with its first best series nom. Over the past year, Louis C.K.’s edgy comedy landed its first Emmy in September, then first SAG, Golden Globe and PGA nominations and the top comedy prize at the WGA Awards. Now Louie, which is on a prolonged hiatus, netted its most Emmy nominations, six, including third consecutive noms for lead actor Louis C.K., and writing, a category won by Louis C.K. last year; as well as second nom for directing, also for Louis C.K. The stand-up comedian/Renaissance man, who writes, directs, acts and edits, surpassed his record of seven Emmy nominations last year, landing as many individual noms this year spread over Louie, his HBO special Oh My God and his hosting duties on Saturday Night Live, plus a best series mention for Louie, on which he serves as executive producer.
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With its pedigree and documentary style, Louie often draws parallels to another off-beat comedy created and starring a veteran standup comedian playing himself, Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. So it is only fitting that Louie took the spot of Curb — also on hiatus as David is busy working on his HBO movie — in the best comedy series field. As a whole, there are very few changes and major surprises in the top series categories this year as the crop of new shows largely failed to impress the members of the TV Academy. The best comedy and drama series fields each featured only one newcomer, Louie, and House Of Cards, respectively, with the latter replacing HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Returning as best series nominees are comedies Modern Family, looking to extend its winning streak to four best series trophies, The Big Bang Theory, which is riding the wave of ratings success and growing critical recognition (it just won big at the Critics Choice Awards), last season’s breakouts Girls and Veep as well as 30 Rock, in its swan song. (No best series nom for the final season of another veteran Emmy-winning comedy, The Office, or Parks & Recreation.)