“Abbott Elementary” clearly shares some DNA with “The Workplace” — between their mockumentary codecs, a mutual director in Randall Einhorn, and Tyler James Williams serving the most effective digicam stares since John Krasinski — so maybe it is smart that “Abbott” should pull off a feat that was final completed by “The Workplace” to win the Greatest Comedy Sequence Emmy.
The ABC sitcom scored seven nominations for its breakout first season: comedy collection, actress (Quinta Brunson), supporting actor (Williams), double supporting actress (Janelle James and Sheryl Lee Ralph), writing (Brunson) and casting. Nevertheless it was AWOL in a single key class: directing. “Abbott” — which submitted two episodes in directing, together with the pilot helmed by Einhorn — missed out to “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Hacks,” “The Ms. Pat Present” (the required multicam nominee), “Ted Lasso” and two episodes of “Solely Murders within the Constructing.” “The Workplace” was the final present to win Greatest Comedy Sequence with out a directing nomination, having accomplished so in 2006 when it took dwelling the award for its second season — its solely collection victory. That 12 months, the “My Title Is Earl” pilot nabbed directing over “The Comeback,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Weeds” and two episodes of “Entourage.”
“The Workplace” is one in every of simply three exhibits this century to win comedy collection with out a directing bid, the others being “Mates” in 2002 and “All people Loves Raymond” in 2003. “Mates” achieved the unicorn of claiming the highest award with out nominations in directing or writing, the opposite important class (“The Workplace” and “Raymond” had writing bids, with the previous shedding to “My Title Is Earl” as properly and the latter profitable).
However loads has modified in 16 years. For one, all three of those victories occurred underneath the tape system, which was eradicated after 2014 in favor of a well-liked vote system during which members vote of their respective department classes and all members vote in program classes. That’s to say to not depend out “Abbott,” which continues to construct momentum, together with pocketing four Tv Critics Affiliation Awards, as we head into the homestretch. It has risen to 3rd within the comedy collection odds, behind defending champ “Ted Lasso” and “Hacks,” whereas Brunson is in second in actress (to reigning champ Jean Sensible for “Hacks”) and writing (additionally to 2021 champ “Hacks”) and surging by the minute.
However, the very fact stays that even underneath the present system, no present has received comedy collection with out a directing nomination but. What’s extra, no present underneath this method has received comedy or drama collection with out each directing and writing bids. You don’t have to win both of them to snag collection — “Ted Lasso” misplaced each to “Hacks” final 12 months — nevertheless it’s extra just like the nominations sign that the help is there from two necessary branches. After all, we’ll by no means understand how shut “Abbott” was to a directing nomination.
“Ted Lasso,” “Hacks,” “Solely Murders within the Constructing” (fourth within the odds) and “Barry” (fifth) are the one comedy collection nominees that made directing and writing. “Abbott” and “What We Do within the Shadows” (seventh) have writing bids — two for the latter — however no directing, whereas “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (eighth) and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (sixth) have neither. So both this development will proceed for one more 12 months or “Abbott” will be capable to defy that stat and faculty all of them.
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