Friday, September 20, 2013

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

Nominees are pictured and listed in alphabetical order by show. Beware of minor spoilers for listed episodes.

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes (Episode 9)
Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., Louie (Daddy’s Girlfriend, Part 1)
Greg Daniels, The Office (Finale)
Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock, 30 Rock (Hogcock!)
Tina Fey and Tracey Wigfield, 30 Rock (Last Lunch)

This category is infinitely less interesting than it was last year. The nominees are actually still pretty decent, representing some quality half-hours of television. Inexplicably, the two-part series finale of “30 Rock” contends as two separate installments here despite being grouped together everywhere else. All of these nominees are returning contenders for their same shows, with the exception of Adlon and Wigfield. Daniels, Fey, and, most recently, C.K., have all won this award for their shows. Fey and Daniels are nominated for the series finales of their shows, which has not historically been a helpful thing but could well be this year for the sake of nostalgia.

What should win: “The Office”
What will win: It could be “Louie” again, but I’ll bet on the series finale of 30 Rock edging out the series finale of “The Office.”

Next up: Best Drama Series

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