Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Glee's Emmy News From TV Guide

Someone asked Matt Roush about the Emmy process regarding Glee, Chris and Jane.
Question: I'm sure you get sick to death of questions about the Emmy process, but I just have to ask this one. When a show doesn't fit completely in one box or the other, when it has equal proportions comedy and drama, do all of its stars have to necessarily go into the same category? I'm thinking mostly of Glee. It puts itself in the comedy category, and no one would argue that Jane Lynch is the most deserving of all actresses out there for the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy award. But Chris Colfer is amazing, truly one for the ages. His performance in "Never Been Kissed" was phenomenal, transcendent, and definitely should be rewarded with an Emmy. But not for comedy. Glee brings so many different things to the table, why can't its stars nominate themselves in the category in which they fit best? Jane Lynch stays in comedy, Chris Colfer nominates himself in drama. I know it's probably never been done before, but is there any reason why it can't be? Not a fan of the status quo. — Melissa

Matt Roush: I don't know if there's a rule that an actor doing fine dramatic work in a show otherwise classified as a comedy would be forbidden to submit said work in the proper drama category. But perceptually, it probably would be advised against at the network and studio level. These comedy-drama (and in this case, musical) hybrids have it tough enough without adding more confusion. And while I agree with the gist of your argument, especially given the seriousness of the bullying storyline Kurt is currently embroiled in, I also wonder if the solid emotional work Chris Colfer is doing this season might actually boost his chances against fellow comic actors. Whereas putting a flamboyant character like this in the running against supporting drama players in terrific ensembles like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Good Wife and Boardwalk Empire could just as easily backfire. No perfect solution, that's for sure. But if Colfer were to submit for drama, the choice would likely be seen as bold and controversial enough to raise his visibility if not viability.

Thanks to sometimescrazy!