The Fourth Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards were held Thursday night, with AMC's Breaking Bad, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, and FX's Fargo coming away with the big wins. The awards, which are chosen by TV critics, have a knack for recognizing the programs and performances that are often overlooked by the other big television award shows. But do the slightly out-there nominees have a chance for gold when it comes to the Primetime Emmys? We've decided to predict the nominees and winners of this year's Emmys based on the winners of last nights Critics Choice Awards. The two award shows might have more winners in common than you would expect.
BEST DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Americans Breaking BadGame of Thrones The Good Wife Masters of Sex True Detective
Emmy PredictionsBreaking BadGame of ThronesThe Good WifeHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Last year's Emmy winner, Breaking Bad, is coming off a fantastic final season, so it's hard to reason how Vince Gilligan's masterwork won't win the night's big award yet again. But on the slim chance that Bad doesn't win (and we mean slim), True Detective is the most sensible alternative. We don't expect low profile dramas like Masters of Sex and The Americans to be recognized by the Emmys, and the hype on Downton Abbey has cooled of considerably this year. Another Emmy favorite, Homeland, had its worst season yet last year, freeing the category up for some new blood.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsThe Big Bang Theory Broad City Louie Orange Is the New Black Silicon Valley Veep
Emmy PredictionsThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackParks and RecreationVeep
Freshman dramedy Orange Is the New Black will certainly get nominated at the Emmys, but we're doubtful that Netflix's prison series will win the top prize like it did at the Critics' Choice Awards, certainly not in a race that includes Modern Family. The juggernaut of a sitcom has won the category four times in a row, and there's nothing with enough buzz to stop it's warpath. Elsewhere, Critics' Choice nominees like Silicon Valley and Broad City are way off the Emmys radar, and don't stand a chance of getting nominated.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Dancy, Hannibal Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Matthew Rhys, The Americans Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Emmy PredictionsBryan Cranston, Breaking BadJeff Daniels, The NewsroomJohn Hamm, Mad MenDamien Lewis, HomelandMatthew McConaughey, True DetectiveKevin Spacey, House of Cards
McConaughey came out on top at the Critic's Choice Awards, but despite his massive performance in True Detective, we're doubtful he will best Cranston at the Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the category's Emmy nominees to be rounded out with the usual suspects. While the critics recognized the great performances in Hannibal, The Americans, and Bates Motel, we're doubtful that any of those shows will make it to the Emmys this year, or any year for that matter.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice Awards Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black Keri Russell, The Americans Robin Wright, House of Cards
Emmy PredictionsClaire Danes, HomelandJulianna Margules, The Good WifeElisabeth Moss, Mad MenTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackKerry Washington, ScandalRobin Wright, House of Cards
When the dust settles, we're expecting Tatiana Maslany to also win the Emmy in this category. At this point, her hype is insurmountable, and riots might break out if she doesn't leave the Nokia theater with something golden.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsLouis C.K., Louie Chris Messina, The Mindy Project Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation Robin Williams, The Crazy Ones
Emmy PredictionsDon Cheadle, House of LiesLouis C.K., LouieMatt LeBlanc, EpisodesJim Parsons, The Big Band TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-NineRobin Williams, The Crazy Ones
The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons will likely walk home with both awards. In terms of the other nominations, there's no way Chris Messina or Thomas Middleditch have a chance at securing an Emmy nomination. We're also betting that Robin Williams gets nominated, due mostly due organization's usual affection for "veterans" ... or so the Emmys have an excuse to invite the actor to the show and hear his Genie voice.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsIlana Glazer, Broad City Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer Emmy Rossum, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsZooey Deschanel, New GirlLena Dunham, GirlsEdie Falco, Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepMelissa McCarthy, Mike & MollyAmy Poehler, Parks and RecreatonLouis-Dreyfus' foul-mouthed vice-prez will likely win the Emmy along with the Critics' Choice Award this year. As for the other nomination slots, Glazer and Schumer have no chance at getting nominated for Emmys. We're expecting the rest of the nomination list to be filled up with Emmys regulars like Melissa McCarthy and Edie Falco.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsJosh Charles, The Good Wife Walton Goggins, Justified Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Peter Sarsgaard, The Killing Jon Voight, Ray Donovan Jeffrey Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Emmy PredictionsPeter Dinklage, Game of ThronesWalton Goggins, JustifiedAaron Paul, Breaking BadDean Norris, Breaking BadMandy Patinkin, HomelandJeffery Wright, Boardwalk Empire
Aaron Paul seems like a lock for the Emmys this year. The only person we could see upsetting what is basically destiny at this point is Peter Dinklage, who had a massive year on Game of Thrones. As for the other nominees, we are actually expecting the two award shows to stack up pretty similarly. Mandy Patinkin will definitely get an Emmy nod, while there might be enough space in the mix for long-snubbed Walton Goggins. One can dream, right?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsChristine Baranski, The Good Wife Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Annet Mahendru, The Americans Melissa McBride, The Walking Dead Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy Bellamy Young, Scandal
Emmy PredictionsChristine Baranski, The Good WifeEmilia Clarke, Game of ThronesAnna Gunn, Breaking BadChristina Hendricks, Mad MenMichelle Monaghan, True DetectiveMaggie Smith, Downton Abbey
While Anna Gunn didn't secure a Critics' Choice Award for the last season of Breaking Bad, we're betting she goes home with an Emmy this September. As for the other nominees, we don't expect Maggie Siff, Melissa McBride, and Annet Mahendru to get an Emmy nod, even though each actress certainly deserves the recognition.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Keith David, Enlisted Tony Hale, Veep Albert Tsai, Trophy Wife Christopher Evan Welch, Silicon Valley Jeremy Allen White, Shameless
Emmy PredictionsAndre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-NineJesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern FamilyEric Stonestreet, Modern FamilyTy Burrell, Modern FamilyTony Hale, VeepNick Offerman, Parks and RecreationAt this point, the supporting actor in a comedy category should be renamed the "Which Modern Family actor hasn't won in a while?" and that honor goes to Ferguson. Even though the Critics' Choice Awards don't feature a single nominee from ABC's dominant sitcom, expect at least three nominees from the show on Emmy night. Four if Ed O'Neil sneaks his way onto the bill. Also, kudos to the Critics Choice awards for nominating Albert Tsai for Trophy Wife. Bert will live in our hearts forever.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Critics' Choice AwardsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory Allison Janney, Mom Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Emmy PredictionsMayim Bialik, The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyAllison Janney, MomKate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New BlackSofia Vergara, Modern FamilyMerrit Weaver, Nurse Jackie
It might be crazy talk, but we think this category is Orange Is the New Black's best chance for its first Emmy. The show has such a dynamite supporting cast and heavy following that it may be able to crack the winner's circle in its first year of eligibility. We're thinking Kate Mulgrew has a good chance since Modern Family isn't nearly as dominant in this category as it is in Best Supporting Actor.
On paper, Broad City and Girls are virtually the same. Both series are about educated, under-employed, hipster-adjacent single women in New York City. Both comedies take a drastically different approach to sex and relationships than Sex and the City. And yet, the shows couldn’t be more different. Broad City, by virtue of being on Comedy Central, is obviously opting for the LOLs. It’s also doing for New York what Portlandia does for the Pacific Northwest. Girls is written and directed by and stars Lena Dunham so it’s an invitation into her mind and sense of humor, and underneath her clothes. It has funny moments but seems to target a specific niche audience.
Both programs have some iconic comedy minds on board. Broad City was created by and stars Upright Citizen’s Brigade alums Illana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, and is produced by Amy Poehler, while Girls is produced by Judd Apatow. The main difference is that the former has the virtue of a broader sense of humor. Get it? Broad City ensures that everyone is in on the joke. It opts for absurdly wacky takes on real life scenarios. For example, the girls want to make money for a concert so they try everything from street peddling and office supply theft to naked maid service. The jokes go so far that at some point you will hop on board. Girls is very subtle in its humor. Outrageous things will happen, and you’ll laugh here and there. But then a huge conversation will erupt about these moments and you start to question if you were supposed to laugh in the first place.
Winner: Broad City
Both series take a frank view of sex. It’s great to see women at the helm of representations of female sexuality. It shows that despite the questionable feminism of Sex and the City , something good came of it. On Broad City, both girls frankly discuss their sex lives... occasionally during the act, via skype. The show doesn’t shy away from being graphic. And yet, Girls goes 10 steps further. Sure, Girls is on HBO and free to exhibit nudity and strong sexual content. But it really goes there. Whether it’s precariously pedophilic pillow talk, the girl from Roswell getting caught in the line of fire, or Dunham baring her breasts in every episode, the show opts for a hyper-real approach to sex. It explores the taboo, awkward, or painfully uncomfortable moments of America’s favorite pastime. Whether wanted or not, Girls is forcing people to confront their discomfort with and timidity about sex by facing it head on.
Girls seems like a photo-real version of the New York City in Friends. It may not be filmed on a Hollywood sound stage, but the vast majority of its characters are white and of superhuman attractiveness. Despite Dunham’s celebration of her nude body and a shocking full frontal by Bosom Buddies star Peter Scolari, the series tends to prominently feature hot-bodied model types. It exists in a parallel universe where the unemployed and baristas can afford large New York City apartments. In Season 2, the show’s solution for its lack of diversity was to have Hannah date Donald Glover for a few episodes. Remember, that very special Friends episode where Ross dated Aisha Tyler? We haven't come too far.
On Broad City, people look like people. People of all different shapes, sizes, and races pop in and out of the show. That’s what New York is. The question of race on the show is handled honestly. Illana has a friend with benefits played by black comedian Hannibal Buress. Although not politically correct, the show does acknowledge that Illana fetishizes him and most men by their race. It does not endorse these ideals, but serves to showcase the character as racially insensitive and a sexual predator.
Ultimately, it seems there’s a class distinction for both series. Broad City embraces the fact that the girls are broke and have to suffer to survive in New York. The humor, tension, and wild scenarios come when they try to make light of that struggle. Girls exaggerates the struggles of entitled young artists and professionals who seem to have no financial stakes. They seem oddly connected though; serendipitous book deals and financial opportunities happen as if by magic.
Winner: Broad City – there’s still a recession!
Which series do you prefer?
On paper, Comedy Central’s new series Broad City might not sound like anything special — two twenty-something ladies running around New York City getting up to all kinds of shenanigans — but trust us, it’s worth a watch. Broad City was created by two Brooklyn comedians Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and it’s based on their webseries of the same name that ran from 2009-2011. Amy Poehler is executive producing the series (and appeared in the webseries finale “I Heart New York”). If you haven’t been watching Broad City, you’ve definitely been missing out.
To give you an impression of Broad City, it’s sort of like HBO’s Girls meets Comedy Central’s stoner comedy Workaholics. Speaking as someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy Girls, Broad City is everything I hoped the HBO dramedy had been. It depicts realistic twenty-something Brooklyn ladies getting up to some slightly-unbelievable antics that will have you in stitches — but at the end of the day, they’re still the type of girls you want to hang out with.
Plus, because of Glazer and Jacobson’s contacts, now mixed with Poehler’s connections, they have some fantastic guest stars. In the first episode, Fred Armisen delivers a hilarious guest bit that rivals the humor in Portlandia. In the following episodes Rachel Dratch, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Mantzoukas, and Matt L. Jones also guest star.
But the best part of Broad City is that it’s a female-centric comedy — which there aren’t enough of on television. The comparisons may be getting old, but Broad City is slightly similar to 2011’s Bridesmaids in that the show doesn’t shy away from even the grossest jokes.
So do yourself a favor and check out Broad City. It’s worth it.
It used to be seedy comedy club basements and open mic nights was where television scouts would seek out emerging talent, but now all you need is a savvy web-series and a snappy Twitter account. That's not to say the talent has been devolved, just the venues have evolved. With Hulu screening comedy shorts and Youtube becoming the predominant way we consume entertainment, it's no surprise that Internet personalities are making the jump to the television more than ever. With the success of Nikki and Sara Live, Lonely Planet and Stevie TV, here is the next set of online comedy stars to keep your eye on.
Garfunkel and Oates
While IFC's Portlandia likes to poke fun at the twee-inclinations of its native hipster population, the network is welcoming a ukulele and guitar playing music duo that would fit right in on the show. Despite their preciousness at first glance, the folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates are anything but quirky clones of Zooey Deschanel. No topic is off-limits, and while some of their early videos were pretty no-frills, they've since stepped up their game with polished videos and catchy tunes. The popular web series will join IFC's line-up next year, as the show will center on the personal and professional lives of Kate "Oates" Micucci and Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome. Think Flight of the Conchords without the Kiwi accents. Optioning these two was not exactly a risky roll of the dice, as both ladies already have careers in Hollywood (you might recognize Micucci from her recurring roles in Scrubs, Raising Hope and The Big Bang Theory), but we're glad their satirical singing skills will be reaching a larger audience.
Another successful female comedy duo that will be making their television debut are Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. The concept of female friends navigating life in New York is sure to draw Girls comparisons, but the two comedians have been creating their gonzo-style web series Broad City since 2009. Coming up the ranks from UCB, the two are well versed in improvisation and got one of UCB's most famous alums — Amy Poehler — on to executive produce the show for Comedy Central in 2014. The former web series will transition to 10-episode scripted comedy with the help Louie producers Dave Becky and Tony Hernandez. With more of an upbeat take on city life and indefinable comedic chemistry, we're excited to have these broads on board.
Landing a role on Saturday Night Live would be a dream for any comedian, especially when the rest of your comedy troupe joins you. To be honest, the digital shorts were the strongest segment of SNL until Andy Samberg and Lonely Island left the show. To replace them, SNL recruited the comedy troupe Good Neighbor, whose comedy web series were already viral hits themselves. Nick Rutherford, Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett and Dave McCary had already been in talks to do a pilot for Comedy Central produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, when Lorne Michaels snatched them up. While one of the members, Nick Rutherford, was snubbed by SNL, the rest of the troupe has already proved their mettle on the latest SNL episode where Mooney avoids the seduction attempts of Miley Cyrus.
A Hot Guy Will Be on Arrow Full-Time: Wait, WHAT?! The CW is upping a guy who looks good shirtless from recurring to regular status? This is unprecedented. Err, and by that we mean totally expected, but we love both Arrow and Colton Haynes on it, so we're cool with it. Haynes, who plays Thea's new love interest Roy Harper, will join Emily Bett Rickards as a full-timer for Season 2. [Via Release]
Vinny Guadagnino Lives On: Jersey Shore may be dead and gone, but MTV has announced that The Show With Vinny — a talk show that will have "big celebs" visiting Vinny's Staten Island home — will premiere on Thurs, May 2nd. Guadagnino, who was on all six seasons of Shore, is primarily known for sleeping with Snooki, suffering with anxiety, and having a big penis. [TVLine]
More Amy Poehler: We could probably stop there, because that should be enough to make your day. Poehler is "just" a producer on this one, but we're psyched to see that Comedy Central has given a 10-episode series order to Broad City, an adaptation of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s digital series. Jacobson and Glazer are UCB alums (like Poehler), and their show will focus on two friends in NYC navigating "the minutiae that is life." [Deadline]
Dermot Mulroney Heads to DC: Dermot Mulroney has been tapped to star in Rand Ravich's new NBC drama pilot, described as an "emotionally charged action thriller" set in DC. The pilot will focus on a bus full o' kids (including the President's son) that gets kidnapped on Marcus Finley's (Lance Gross) first day as a Secret Service agent. Mulroney will play Bill Gibson, a chaperone. Uggggh school trips, emiright? [Deadline]
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If Amy Poehler tells you to do something, you do it. You don't consider the consequences. You don't weigh the options. You get on board. And that's exactly what we'll be doing with the new project Poehler is backing: a television adaptation of the web series Broad City. The series, created by and starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (where they met Poehler, a founding member), will join the FX network's already awesomely offbeat array of original programs. Poehler will act as executive producer, while Glazer and Jacobson will write the television incarnation of their project.
Broad City focuses on the day-to-day, especially quirky adventures of characters based on and played by Glazer and Jacobson, who run amok through New York City. Often, the episodes focus on their (not particularly successful) romantic lives, their attempts to avoid a would-be player, or general mundane tasks that the duo instills with their vivacity and wacky humor.
The web series is a phenomenal source of comedy and spirit, and having Poehler on board is nothing short of glorious.Check out the series at Broad City's website here.