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Emmy Twofers

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Random trivia note about the Emmys: I was going through the lists of past Emmy nominees, and realized that something happened this year that hasn’t happened for a long time. Two shows were nominated for Outstanding Comedy that were from the same creator/showrunner: Parks & Recreation, co-created by Greg Daniels, and the U.S. version of The Office, developed by Daniels. I couldn’t find any examples of this – two nominations for one creator in the same category – since 1975, when Mary Tyler Moore and Rhoda (both created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns) were both up for Outstanding Comedy.

David E. Kelley did have two shows that won Emmys in the same year once, but in different categories. Ally McBeal won for Best Comedy while The Practice won for Best Drama. But having two shows competing in the same category is as rare in drama as it is in comedy; even Kelley never had two shows nominated in the same category in the same year. I can’t find many examples in drama, and not many examples in comedy besides Brooks/Burns and Norman Lear. Usually it seems like if someone creates multiple shows, they will get Emmy nominations in turn. John Wells did have both The West Wing and ER nominated in Drama at the same time, though he didn’t create them.

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