Returning hits Will & Grace, Roseanne ignored for best comedy Emmy

From left: Producer and creator David Kohan, actress Megan Mullally, actor Eric McCormack, actress Debra Messing, actor Sean Hayes and producer and creator Max Mutchnick at the NBC Universal Will & Grace FYC event in Los Angeles, California, on June
From left: Producer and creator David Kohan, actress Megan Mullally, actor Eric McCormack, actress Debra Messing, actor Sean Hayes and producer and creator Max Mutchnick at the NBC Universal Will & Grace FYC event in Los Angeles, California, on June 9, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two high-profile revivals of broadcast network hits from yesteryear - Will & Grace and Roseanne - were shut out of this year's contest for best comedy series as Emmy voters mostly embraced newer offerings from cable-TV and streaming platforms.

The two snubbed series marked comebacks for network staples of almost polar-opposite pedigrees - one show about four upscale singles widely credited with bringing gay men and women into mainstream pop culture, and the other a blue-collar family sitcom whose reboot was hailed in a congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump.

Each show scored a best supporting actress bid for one of its co-stars - Megan Mullally as the tart-tongued Karen on NBC's Will & Grace, and Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, the politically liberal foil to her more conservative sister, the title character on ABC's Roseanne.

But the latter show's lead performer and creator, Roseanne Barr, was noticeably absent from the roster of this year's contenders for best comedy actresses.

After returning to the airwaves to high ratings and generally warm reviews, Barr has largely faded from the spotlight since sparking an outcry with a notorious off-camera racial slur on Twitter, comparing a former Obama adviser to an ape.

ABC responded by cancelling the show's revival last month, but later announced plans to launch a spinoff without Barr.

Another ABC sitcom considered a front-runner for best comedy series, five-time category winner Modern Family,had just one minor nomination this year - for sound mixing.

 
 

The only major broadcast network show to earn a spot in the best comedy race was ABC's black-ish. It was joined by an HBO series making a comeback this past season,Curb Your Enthusiasm, along with four brand new offerings - Atlanta on FX, Barry on HBO, Glow on Netflix and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Prime Video.

Rounding out the category were two returning comedies - Silicon Valley on HBO and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix.