Emmys: 9 New Comedy Series That Could Get a Nomination

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From 'Married' to 'You're the Worst,' these shiny, niche-y new shows complicate voters' (very long) contenders list.

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The Comedians

FX's meta-comedy — overseen by Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry Charles — stars Emmy winner Billy Crystal and Josh Gad as sketch-show performers — named Billy Crystal and Josh Gad.

Grace and Frankie

The Netflix series featuring Emmy-winning BFF icons Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as newly single 70-somethings (their husbands ditched them for each other) just scored a second season. And at a recent academy campaign event, the cast — which includes Emmy winner Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston — got a rare standing ovation.


Newbie TV creator Shalom Auslander, an author and This American Life contributor, channels his existential angst into Showtime's dramedy about a disaffected Manhattan advertising exec (Steve Coogan) and his search for meaning. The series also stars Transparent's Kathryn Hahn and Critics' Choice winner Bradley Whitford.

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Another portrait of L.A. married life, the single-cam series features Oscar-winning screenwriter Nat Faxon (The Descendants) and Judy Greer as exhausted spouses balancing kids with a (nonexistent) sex life. The hook? They're OK with it.

Mozart in the Jungle

From film vets Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola and actor-musician Jason Schwartzman, Amazon's sex-and-the-symphony series offers equal appeal for music geeks and New York-ophiles.

The Odd Couple

CBS' multicam reboot of the classic 1970s series, starring Emmy nominee Matthew Perry and screenwriter Thomas Lennon (Night at the Museum), was the rare new show to survive the season.


HBO's Duplass brothers dramedy struck a chord with critics for its relatable portrait of young-family life in Los Angeles. Melanie Lynskey, who plays co-creator and star Mark Duplass' wife, earned a Critics' Choice nomination.


Sex and the City's Darren Star has a hit on TV Land with his New York-set comedy about a 40-year-old gal (Sutton Foster) posing as a 20-something to get a publishing job and a hot hipster boyfriend.

You're the Worst

FX's Critics' Choice nominee showcases misanthropic lead characters (played by Aya Cash and Chris Geere) in a modern romance that's so dysfunctional it's hilarious.