Monday, June 9, 2014

Dream Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Writing and Directing in a Comedy Series

I will start my  first Dream Emmy Comedy ballot, as I am four episodes deep in the second season of Orange is the Black by stating the show is not a Comedy in my book.  The Golden Globes submitted this shows as a drama, but the producers chose to submit this show as comedy at the Emmy Awards.   I do think Orange is the New Black is the perfect example of the growth of television, nothing completely comedic, nor dramatic.  

I remember over the years, as television raised me, crying when Edith died in All in the Family, or when Dorothy ran in and out of the house, saying goodbye to her best friends, in the last episode of The Golden Girls, or when best friends Will & Grace fought about having a child.  There have always been sad moments in comedic television.  

Yet Orange is the New Black seems to do the opposite of what those classic comedies have done.  Orange is the New Black takes a look in the depths of the souls of these complex women who happen to be prisoners.  Let's take a look what made use laugh this year.

I know you can't not belly laugh as a Vice President curses, while attempting to maintain model political composure.  Selena Meyer is everything you imagine politics to be today. Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid cursing under the breath by trying to do the best politicking.  Veep soared as Selena navigated a Debate, and tried navigate the pro-life/pro-choice debate.

Writing is not everything, and while it sets the tone, the direction keeps up the pace.  Modern Family is always an example of precise direction.  This season felt fresh, as the show focused on the central point of Cam and Mitch's wedding, and while both episodes about the wedding itself were excellent, it was the families trip to Vegas, which showed how veteran Modern Family director, Gail Mancuso, and Emmy winner last year for the show, knows how to go full speed ahead with this cast.

Here is my list of Dream Nominees:

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine-Pilot-Phil Lord & Chris Miller
Community-Geothermal Escapism-Joe Russo
Enlisted-Alive Day-Phill Trail
Looking-Looking for the Future-Andrew Haigh
Modern Family-Las Vegas-Gail Mancuso
Parks and Recreation-Moving Up-Michael Schur
Veep-Debate-Armando Iannucci 

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Broad City-Pussy Weed-Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer
Brooklyn Nine-Nine-The Party-Gil Ozeri & Gabe Liedman,
Girls-Beach House-Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, and Jenni Konner
Louie-Model-Louis C.K.
Modern Family-Message Received-Steve Levitan
Veep-Alicia-Armando Iannucci & Sean Gray & Ian Martin

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