Emmy chat: What comedy could beat ‘Modern Family?’

“Louie,” with Louis C.K. (and Hadley Delaney) is one of the top comedies.

“Louie,” with Louis C.K. (and Hadley Delaney) is one of the top comedies.

Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert chatted with readers Thursday on Here are excerpts.

Q. Which show has the best chance to finally bump “Modern Family” off the comedy throne this year?


A. Good question. I wonder if “Veep” could pull it off, or “Louie.” Both had strong seasons. “Veep” really took off. I’d be happy with either one.

Q. Damian Lewis was nominated for a best actor Emmy in “Homeland”? Really? I just don’t understand why this guy gets so much love.

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A. Interesting. You’re the first person I’ve heard that from. I thought he was outrageously good in that first season of “Homeland,” when he was so profoundly ambiguous. He can be so contained — and then so explosive.

Q. Did “Orange Is the New Black” get any nominations?

A. No. It premiered after May 31, so it won’t be eligible until next year. Hope it gets a few nominations. I lurve it.


Q. I’m disappointed that “Girls” and Lena Dunham are nominated.

A. “Girls” has quickly become an Emmy staple. I’m glad they nominated Adam Driver. He’s the best thing on the show. And it was a bold choice, given his . . . humiliation scene.

Q. Doesn’t it seem like Emmy voters start with the previous season nominees and do a little fine-tuning? It’s like a Supreme Court nomination — once you get it, it’s for life.

A. Yeah, exactly. There are too many automatic nominees. At least “Dexter” got ignored. They noticed how it sucks now.

Q. Emmy staples are the problem. “Downton Abbey” is a great show, but this last season wasn’t special and it doesn’t deserve a best drama nomination.

A. Yes, agreed on “Downton.” A waste of a slot in a crowded category. If it didn’t get auto-nominated for best drama, perhaps the deserving “The Americans” could have gotten a nod.

Q. I’m surprised Emilia Clarke got the supporting actress nomination in “Game of Thrones.” It should have been Michelle Fairley or Natalie Dormer.

A. I can’t complain, seeing as I am obsessed with Khaleesi. I think Clarke has done a great job of “maturing” and empowering that character. Fairley, yeah, she was great, too. She overacted a bit, but still, she deserved a nod.

Q. Who should win best drama actor?

A. I am a huge supporter of Jon Hamm, and I can’t believe he hasn’t won yet. I want him to win this year, based on the work and his competitors. Bryan Cranston is fantastic, but I still think Hamm is profound.

Q. If I were a god I would make it a rule that no one can be nominated three years in a row. There would need to be a break of a year before you get nominated again.

A. Interesting, although that would undermine the purported goal of honoring the best of each year.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at
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