And so Emmy season is upon us. I’m not going to go through each nomination in detail or even list the nominations. Because let’s face it, you don’t visit this blog for news; you visit it because you’re afraid that I won’t be your friend anymore (and rightly so!) So if you want to see a full list of the nominees, I shall refer you to The Gold Knight, a site by newsman James Molnar. No, this post shall be yet another segment in my ongoing series: Cormac Complaining. So buckle up as I get the sand out.
Following award shows is an interesting phenomenon; they are spectacles that take hours upon hours and are for the most part an exorbitant amount of famous and wealthy people patting each other on the back for being so famous and wealthy. For avid viewers, these extravaganzas lead to no real personal success or failure (unless you really wanted to get something done on a Sunday night.) That withstanding, it is somewhat rewarding to see a TV show or film that you value be rewarded for its efforts. I would try to make a sports analogy but I’m afraid that one of my readers might pop out from my computer screen and throw me in a locker; so I shan’t even try!
Before I go off on a tangent about Community, I will say that the Academy hit the nail on the head with its choices in the drama category; it’s hard not to. TV drama is pretty well-stacked these days; there are better dramas on TV than there are in movie theaters. Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Mad Men are freaking amazing, and I know plenty of people who are obsessed with Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.
Though cable is King of drama, network television still seems to be the favored candidate in comedy election; at least the popular vote. Like I said earlier, as a viewer you want to see your favorite shows get recognized. I do not watch The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, 30 Rock or Veep; so I can’t really pass fair judgment on their nominations. What I can say is that two NBC shows that certainly deserve more recognition are Community and Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler has been rightfully nominated, but where is the rest of the supporting cast? What started off as an imitation of The Office has turned into a brilliant show that consistently brings the funny without sacrificing its heart in a way that never seems corny (I’m looking at you Modern Family!) And I am in love with Community so much that I won’t bore you with my adoration. The bottom line is that Community, especially its past season, has been a very successful science experiment in pushing the boundaries in a sitcom. I guess I’ll have to be satisfied that it got a nomination for writing.
I think my biggest issue is with Modern Family. It was a welcome change of pace three years ago, but in the past year has become common place; like it lost its backbone. The writing feels like it’s on autopilot, and even recycled a major recurring skit from Saturday Night Live. But Modern Family will probably win it all. Again. Whatever, I’m over it. Thanks for listening, I’ll continue this conversation with my therapist.