Thursday, September 16, 2021

Emmy Winner Predictions: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

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

James Burrows, B Positive (Pilot)
Susanna Fogel, The Flight Attendant (In Case of Emergency)
Lucia Aniello, Hacks (There Is No Line)
James Widdoes, Mom (Scooby-Doo Checks and Salisbury Steak)
Zach Braff, Ted Lasso (Biscuits)
Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso (Make Rebecca Great Again)
MJ Delaney, Ted Lasso (The Hope That Kills You)

Burrows is the most-nominated and most-honored director in this category, with twenty-six career bids, seven of which were for “Will and Grace,” and five wins, most recently for “Frasier” in 1994. Aniello, who I got to interview, is also nominated as a writer and producer. Braff was previously nominated for acting in “Scrubs” in 2005. Both “B Positive” and “Mom” are not nominated for Best Comedy Series. A show with multiple nominations hasn’t won since 2012. Pilots do often win, with a premiere episode triumphing every year from 2004-2008 and then again in 2010 and 2018.

What should win: I’m happy with most of these, and I think I’d choose “Hacks” or one of “Ted Lasso” episodes.
What will win: While this could be a chance for “Hacks” to break through, I think Ted Lasso scores, though I’m not sure for which episode. Maybe “The Hope That Kills You.”

Next up: Best Writing for a Comedy Series

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