Thursday, September 8, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

This is the eighteenth category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 season. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Babylon, Jane the Virgin, Parks and Recreation, Transparent, Veep

Semi-finalists: Casual, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Galavant, Girls, Grace and Frankie, Grandfathered, House of Lies, iZombie, Married, Modern Family, Significant Mother, The Brink, The Detour, The Grinder, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, You're the Worst

Finalists: Silicon Valley saw its entrepreneurs encounter even more absurd obstacles to handle with monotone sarcasm. Togetherness used all of its assets to their utmost potential as they battled the realities of adulthood and parenthood. Jane the Virgin told its next handful of chapters with a fully committed and delightful cast. Life in Pieces found a talented and funny set of actors to anchor its family-centric vignettes. Transparent tackled comedy and drama with a remarkable group of players.

The nominees:

Orange is the New Black presented so many different people with storied backgrounds and found enormously competent actors to portray them. Veep endured a contested election with the same absurdity and sardonic energy from all of its cast members. You, Me, Her was a creative and wonderfully welcome adventure with excitable and energetic performers involved. Shameless was as off-the-rails as ever, with its entire cast continuing to tow the line between screwball comedy and devastating drama.

The winner:

Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll followed in the footsteps of “Rescue Me,” with Denis Leary assembling just the right people around him to create an irresistible and immensely watchable unit of messed-up musicians.

Next up: Best Cancelled Series

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