Sometimes the smartest comedies are the ones that kind of sneak up on you. They seem unassuming at first, and maybe you turn them on just for some background noise during dinner or to unwind at the end of a long workday. But soon they have you completely focused, completely immersed, and more often than not laughing out-loud and later quoting favorite lines and favorite characters. Two of those for LA TV Insider Examiner are NBC’s Community and Parks and Recreation. But will the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences agree and celebrate them with a few coveted Emmy nominations? Cast members from both series weigh in on their chances.
“It’s just something I’m afraid to even hope for or think of. It’s a wonderful party, and it’d be great…we’d love to be invited,” Community star Yvette Nicole Brown told us.
“It’s like the crowning glory for an actor on television—to have your peers think that you’re doing good work.”
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“I’ve honestly not given it a moment’s thought,” Community star Gillian Jacobs laughed. “It will be amazing if it happens, and I will be fine if it doesn’t. I don’t feel like you can have any kind of expectations with these things. The work is gratifying, which is really nice. I really do love my job, and I love the people that I work with, so all of this is kind of bonus.”
Another strong ensemble comedy cast is Parks and Recreation, but when chatting with a few of that show’s stars they came to an immediate consensus over who they felt from their show, in its third season, was most deserving of the Emmy honors.
Retta started: “I’m really hoping that Amy and Nick get nominated. I mean, I would love for the show to get nominated, too, but–“
“The work that Nick Offerman does as Ron Swanson is amazing, and I told him– I literally, after we shot “Tammy II,” I said ‘Just so you know, this will be your Emmy episode’,” Jim O’Heir continued.
“And Chris– Chris Pratt. He just keeps us cutting up,” Retta threw in.
When shows features such wacky and wonderfully strong characters as those on Community and Parks and Recreation, any one-off role or guest star who comes in to play for a week or two have a tough job on their hands. So when they knock it out of the park and manage to steal the spotlight from the stars, that’s cause for awards celebration, too, right?
“I think there is a chance for a husband and wife duo [Emmy] if Megan [Mullally] gets for comedy guest star!” O’Heir pointed out.
But the truth of the matter is that since both of these shows have such strong ensemble casts, it might be hard for the Academy to single out only one or two actors. Even though they are all deserving, having multiple actors from the same show face off in a category against each other might end up splitting the vote. We’ll know for sure who gets Academy acknowledgement when the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Nominations are read live from Los Angeles by Melissa McCarthy and Joshua Jackson on July 14th. You can stay tuned right here to see who makes the cut!
Community kicks off Thursday night’s comedy block for NBC at 8pm, while Parks and Recreation will follow at 8:30pm. Both shows return in the fall.
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