Unveiling the Top Comedy Contenders for the 2023 Emmys


| LAST UPDATE 08/08/2023

By Riley Hammond
Ted Lasso Emmy nomination
Ted Lasso (2020) Warner Bros. via IMDb

The Emmys are around the corner and we're buzzing with anticipation. Can you believe it's already time to see which of our favorite comedy series will take home the gold? So, who's leading the pack for Outstanding Comedy Series at the 2023 Emmys?

Well, the official episode submissions have been unveiled, and they're packed with hilarious moments that had us rolling on the floor. And guess what? The Television Academy has also revealed the official nominated producers for each series. Our favorite actors like Bill Hader from Barry, Quinta Brunson from Abbott Elementary, Martin Short from Only Murders in the Building, and Brett Goldstein from Ted Lasso are also counted among the producer nominees. Ted Lasso, with its impressive 21 nominations, seems to be a tough one to beat. But don't count out Abbott Elementary just yet! If Quinta Brunson snags the lead comedy actress win, along with Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, or Sheryl Lee Ralph in the supporting races, Abbott could pull off an upset. Fun fact: the last show to win outstanding comedy series without nominations for directing or writing was NBC’s Friends in 2002.

Gomez Delevingne Abbott Elementary
Only Murders in the Building (2021) Hulu via IMDb
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FX’s The Bear could also come out of left field if star Jeremy Allen White, along with their writing and directing teams, can secure wins. But the big question remains - how funny do voters actually find The Bear and Lasso? With both shows walking the tightrope between comedy and drama, could a category switch be on the horizon next year?

In other exciting news, more Latino representation is making waves in the nominee pool, with Selena Gomez for Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building and Carla González Vargas for Netflix’s Wednesday. And let's not forget about Jury Duty, which continues to surprise us with its nominations, including one for Ruben Fleischer, best known for Zombieland and Gangster Squad. Final Emmy voting rounds open on Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. PT and close on Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. PST. So, brace yourselves for an intense race! Here's a quick recap of the nominees: Ted Lasso, Abbott Elementary, The Bear, Jury Duty, Barry, Wednesday, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Only Murders in the Building. May the funniest show win!

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