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- 1The CBS sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory' is heading into its fifth season. How to celebrate? By picking up the show's first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, that's how! Jim Parsons won the best actor in a comedy series award in 2010, and he's nominated again in 2011 (along with his co-star Johnny Galecki). Yep, 'The Big Bang Theory' is making its mark at the Emmys. All total, 'The Big Bang Theory' garnered five 2011 Emmy nominations. Fifth season, five Emmy nominations. Five is this show's lucky number...
- 2Anyone surprised that FOX's 'Glee' made the cut? We didn't think so. 'Glee' is no stranger to this category, having been nominated in 2010 as well. All total, 'Glee' garnered 12 2011 Emmy Award nominations, including this big, big one. Can the show win this year? Absolutely. Will it? Hard to say. This category is chock full of outstanding comedies, so it'll be a tough choice for voters. No doubt 'Glee' is beloved by many and star Jane Lynch, after all, is hysterical. FYI: She's hosting the 63rd Primetime Emmys, and she's also a nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Her colleague, the incredibly talented Chris Colfer, snagged one of 'Glee's' 12 nominations as well, for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. McKinley High, FTW!
- 3Can anything top 'Modern Family?' Apparently the Academy doesn't think so, as the ABC comedy series has a whopping 17 Emmy nominations in 2011. It's hard to argue with those who believe that 'Modern Family' is the front-runner to, once again, take home the Emmy for Best Comedy Series. The show won in this category in 2010, and the incredibly talented ensemble cast racked up umpteen 2011 Emmy nominations (including, get this, four of the six Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy nominations - insane!). Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen are BOTH up for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. So really, it's quite clear that 'Modern Family' is good comedy. No, great comedy. Great ensemble comedy. Can it win again in 2011? Yep.
- 4NBC's 'The Office' has been racking up Best Comedy Series Emmy nominations since, well, forever. In 2011, 'The Office' garnered its fifth consecutive nomination in this category. Interestingly enough, the show has never won, losing in 2007, 2008 and 2009 to '30 Rock' and then losing out to 'Modern Family' in 2010. So there you go, 0-5. Star Steve Carell, who departed 'The Office' in May of 2011, is up for yet another Best Actor in a Comedy Series Award (he's never won either), and all total, 'The Office' has four 2011 Emmy nominations. Will this be 'The Office's' year?
- 5NBC's 'Parks & Recreation' may just be one of the funniest, most cleverly-written sitcoms on television today. The Academy apparently woke up and recognized this, giving 'Parks' it's first-ever Best Comedy Series nomination in 2011. That being said, some members were seriously asleep at the wheel, because while star Amy Poehler did get a Best Actress in a Comedy nod, her brilliantly funny co-star, Nick Offerman, was totally snubbed. Yes, Ron Swanson's Pyramid of Greatness apparently does NOT include an Emmy nomination. Boo. Still, it's great to see quality comedy shows getting the recognition they deserve: and 'Parks & Recreation' is more than deserving.
- 6Let's look at some numbers, shall we? First: 13. That's how many Emmy nominations '30 Rock' got in 2011. Next? Five. That's the number of consecutive Best Comedy Series Emmy nominations that '30 Rock' has received. Now? Three. That's how many times '30 Rock' has won in this category - and, amazingly, the show won three years running: in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Alec Baldwin is up for his fifth Best Actor in a Comedy Emmy for '30 Rock,' and series creator/star/brilliant funny woman Tina Fey is, once again, competing in the Best Actress in a Comedy category. Yes, '30 Rock' continues to be an Emmy darling. Can it win this year? Yep. Never ever EVER count Liz Lemon out. Of anything.