"30 Rock" keeps rolling along at the Emmys, It won best comedy series for the last three years. In fact, it's never lost and maybe it will keep winning like "Frasier," which triumphed five consecutive times. After all, "30 Rock" may be irresistible. It's about the zaniness of the TV biz — the workaday world of those wacky Emmy voters.
However, many pundits believe "Modern Family" will prevail because it's new and has mega-buzz. Emmy voters do love sitcoms about dysfunctional families, dating back to such past winners as "I Love Lucy" and "Make Room for Daddy" and, in more recent years, "Everybody Loves Raymond." Also, this modern family lives in a swank house and its daddy uses an iPad. That gives the show snob appeal, which is often crucial to winning. Nothing had more snob appeal than "Frasier," of course — a show about two uppity brothers fussing over opera and burgundy wines.
But "Glee" is the TV show that's captured America's heart and, even though Emmy voters are often accused of being callous Hollywooders, they do -- surprise -- have a heart. Also, they're older and a bit old-fashioned. "Glee" skews young, yes, but it's championing the return of an entertainment genre that reigned supreme in the young, song-bursting days of TV academy geezers.
And what about "Nurse Jackie"? It pulled off a surprise nomination here and perhaps could surprise again. Programs and performances about substance abuse often do exceptionally well at showbiz awards conducted in rehab-happy Hollywood. Examples: "Intervention" pulled off an upset in the Emmy race for best reality program last year. Jeff Bridges just won an Oscar for portraying a pot-bellied drunk in the unwatchably bad "Crazy Heart."
Forget about "The Office" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Both lost consistently at recent Emmy derbies.
Photo credits: (left to right) "Glee" (Fox), "Modern Family" (ABC), "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime)