Continuing from the previous article, here are my preferences in regard to Broadcast Critics choices for Best Comedies of the past six months. One wonders again how fair this is to networks like Showtime that don’t do comedies during much of the summer and fall. Still at least, it gives the network channels more of a chance (or at least, it appears to.)
‘Black-ish’ was a great choice, as is ‘Jane The Virgin’. ‘Transparent’ actually has a good chance of winning. ‘Last Man on Earth’ has a devoted, if small fan base, and ‘Master of None’ looks promising. This critic now has to check out ‘Catastrophe’ now, and ‘You’re the Worst’ this season has built up a solid critical base. Still, no ‘Mom’? Oh well.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jeffrey Tambor, no question, deserves to be here. Ditto Anthony Anderson and Will Forte. Aziz Anzari should’ve been nominated years ago, but he’s on the rise now. Fred Savage, not Rob Lowe for ‘The Grinder’? That’s odd. And it’s still weird that Randall Park would prevail over Jim Parsons, but over all, good selection
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Gina Rodriguez was robbed last year, so it’s good to see she hasn’t been forgotten.. Tracee Ellis Ross is fine on ‘Blackish.’ Constance Wu has definitely got staying power (she was here last year. And Rachel Bloom continues to make a good case for CW’s presence. Wendi-Mclendon-Covey over Patricia Heaton or Anna Faris? Really? We’ll withhold comment on Aya Cash, because I don’t know much about ‘You’re the Worst.’
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY
No ‘Modern Family’ cast? Yipee! Neil Flynn was nominated. Double Yipee! Andre Braugher continued to evoke excellence. Jay Duplass was robbed of a nomination for ‘Transparent’ last time out. Jaime Camil continues to steal scenes on ‘Jane The Virgin’. ‘Getting On’ in the interim was watched by this critic, and Mel Rodriguez is fine. It’s a little surprised Keegan-Michael Key was nominated for ‘Playing House’ and not ‘Key & Peele’, but what can you do?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Mayim Bialik, Allison Janney and Eden Sher are all spectacular in their various supporting roles. Niecy Nash is much better on ‘Getting ON’ than she was on ‘Scream Queens. Judith Light continues to demonstrate her talent on ‘Transparent’. Again I’ll withhold comment on ‘You’re The Worst’. Did I mention love this organization?
Let’s hold off on commenting on Guest Actor/Actress Comedy because the majority of the performances went unseen by this critic.