Family Guy Earns Best Comedy Nomination

I love it! For the first time in 50 years, a cartoon has earned an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series.

From Reuters:

The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, says his nomination marks the end of Emmy discrimination against animated TV — but doesn’t think he’ll actually win.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: SO WHERE WERE YOU, AND WHAT WERE YOU DOING WHEN THIS NEWS CAME DOWN?

MacFarlane: It was about 5 in the morning and I got a phone call, so I was not able to react for the excitement that they wanted.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: NOW THAT YOU’VE HAD A LITTLE TIME TO WARM UP, WHAT’S YOUR REACTION?

MacFarlane: I think it is extremely encouraging for everyone who is busting their ass on these animated shows to have this happen. I have friends on “King of the Hill,” I have friends on “The Simpsons.” I feel like it is validation for all of these shows that they are now viewed as on the same playing field as the other comedies, because we are all really doing the same job. It took a long time to recognize single-camera comedies, and I think that it’s frustrating for a lot of the animated shows that we haven’t gotten the same treatment (as other comedies). It is nice that they stopped ignoring the fact that the animated shows are major players in the comedy landscape of television. This is a huge step forward for open-mindedness in the voting process.

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