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Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Emmy Nominations 2013: '30 Rock's Last Year and 'Arrested Development' Only Gets One Major Nomination

The 2013 Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and it was a fairly surprising batch of nominees in the comedy world. This was the first year streaming series were eligible for Emmys and Arrested Development only scored one big nomination* (Jason Bateman for Best Actor in a Comedy) with the rest of the cast and crew getting snubbed. The show, which was showered with awards and nominations during its original Fox run, wasn't nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, making this the only season the show didn't get a nod for that category. It's almost as if Emmy voters just picked Bateman to let people looking at the list know whether Arrested Development was eligible or not. Tony Hale was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy but for Veep, not AD.

This was awards juggernaut 30 Rock's last year of being eligible for Emmys, having wrapped its run in January, and the show scored a whopping 13 nominations (more than any other sitcom), including ones for Outstanding Comedy Series and actors Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Krakowski. Outside of that, great stuff that happened includes Bob's Burgers getting its second nomination for Oustanding Animated Program, Burning Love and Between Two Ferns receiving Short-Form Live-Action nods, Louie's writing getting recognized, and Bill Hader earning a Supporting Actor in a Comedy nomination for his final season on SNL, a rarity for cast members on the show and the second time Hader's been nominated in the category. And as per usual, Happy Endings was completely shut out and Parks and Recreation was only nominated for Amy Poehler's performance and snubbed in the Outstanding Comedy Series and all other acting and writing categories.

*While Arrested Development only received one major nomination, it was also nominated for technical awards for music composition and picture editing, making its total nominations three.

Here's the full list of comedy-related nominations:

Outstanding Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Louie
Modern Family
Veep

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Variety Series
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
The Colbert Report
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, SNL
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Lynch, Glee
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Meritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Writing for a Comedy
30 Rock, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock for "Hogcock!"
30 Rock, Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield for "Last Lunch"
Episodes, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik for "Episode 209"
Louie, Louis C.K. (story and teleplay) and Pamela Adlon (story) for "Daddy's Girlfriend (Part 1)"
The Office, Greg Daniels for "Finale"

Directing for a Comedy Series
Girls, Lena Dunham for "On All Fours"
Glee, Paris Barclay for "Diva"
Louie, Louis C.K. for "New Year's Eve"
Modern Family, Gail Mancuso for "Arrested"
30 Rock, Beth McCarthy-Miller for "Hogcock!"

Animated Program
Bob's Burgers, "O.T.: The Outside Toilet"
Kung Fu Panda, "Legends Of Awesomeness: Enter The Dragon"
Regular Show, "The Christmas Special"
South Park, "Raising The Bar"
The Simpsons, "Treehouse Of Horror XXII"

Guest Actor in a Comedy
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Guest Actress in a Comedy
Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Writing for a Variety Series
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Tim Carvell (Head Writer), Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Steve Bodow, Travon Free, Hallie Haglund, JR Havlan, Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, Jo Miller, John Oliver, Zhubin Parang, Daniel Radosh, Jason Ross, Lauren Sarver, Jon Stewart

The Colbert Report - Opus Moreschi (Head Writer), Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell, Rich Dahm, Barry Julien, Michael Brumm, Rob Dubbin, Jay Katsir, Frank Lesser, Glenn Eichler, Meredith Scardino, Max Werner, Eric Drysdale, Dan Guterman, Paul Dinello, Nate Charny, Bobby Mort

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Gary Greenberg (Co-Head Writer), Molly McNearny (Co-Head Writer), Tony Barbieri, Jonathan Bines, Sal Iacono, James Kimmel, Rick Rosner, Danny Ricker, Eric Immerman, Jeff Loveness, Josh Holloway, Bess Kalb, Joelle Boucai, Bryan Paulk

Portlandia - Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Jonathan Krisel, Bill Oakley

Real Time with Bill Maher - Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Danny Vermont, Scott Carter

Saturday Night Live - Seth Meyers (Co-Head Writer), Colin Jost (Co-Head Writer), James Anderson, Alex Baze, Neil Casey, James Downey, Steve Higgins, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Joe Kelly, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, Lorne Michaels, Mike O’Brien, Josh Patten, Marika Sawyer, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, John Solomon, Kent Sublette, Bryan Tucker, Robert Smigel (additional sketch by)

Directing for a Variety Series
James Hoskinson, The Colbert Report
Chuck O'Neil, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Andy Fisher, Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jerry Foley, The Late Show With David Letterman
Jonathan Krisel, Portlandia
Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs
Between Two Ferns, FunnyOrDie.com
Burning Love, Yahoo.com,
Childrens Hospital, Cartoon Network
The Daily Show Correspondents Explain, TheDailyShow.com
Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Starring Beyoncé, CBS
30 Rock: The Webisodes, NBC.com

Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Nonfiction Programs
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Crackle.com
Jay Leno’s Garage, JayLenosGarage.com
The Office: The Farewells, NBC.com
Remembering 9/11, History.com
30 Rock: The Final Season, NBC.com
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, BravoTV.com

Outstanding Variety Special
The Kennedy Center Honors
Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Mel Brooks Strikes Back!
Saturday Night Live
: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One)
12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors
Hamish Hamilton, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
Louis C.K., Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Don Mischer, The Oscars
Michael Dempsey, 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

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  • Jonny

    Louis CK actually broke his own record for most individual nominations in a single year with 9 – Series, Lead Actor, Writing, Directing for "Louie", Variety Special, Writing, Directing, Editing for "Oh My God", and Comedy Guest Actor for hosting "SNL".

  • Truth

    Arrested Development didn't deserve the Emmys it wasn't nominated for

    • Sahara

      Shut the fuck up.

  • Daniel

    I remember thinking this last year and wondering if anyone else felt the same way, but why is Girls lumped in with the comedies? I watch it, and I think it's a well-written, well-produced, well-acted, and well-directed show, but I have never thought of it as a comedy, and when it swept the category last year I was kind of annoyed because I feel like comparing Girls to Parks and Rec or 30 Rock is just kind of ridiculous. I know Louie can be dramatic but it still seems overwhelmingly like a comedy, but Girls really feels more like a drama that has moments of humor (much like the Sopranos or some other HBO dramas). I don't argue that it's a poorly made show, and that it doesn't deserve Emmy nominations, but I feel like it's categorized poorly. Not that it matters, but I couldn't help wondering if it was just me.