By Aly Semigran, Hollywood.com Staff
Community's complicated relationship with television has found another silver lining. The beloved cult favorite, which was granted an abbreviated fourth season despite low ratings (before being bumped to television graveyard's Friday night lineup and losing its showrunner and arguable guts of the show, Dan Harmon, in the process) is now leading the pack for the 2nd Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards.
The comedy earned six nods, more than any other show (pop! pop!) including Best Comedy Series (vying for the title with The Big Bang Theory, Girls, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, and last year's champ Modern Family) and nominations for some of its stars, including Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Gillian Jacobs. Interestingly enough, Community's network NBC, which has seen its own share of struggles in the television landscape, had more nominations than any other network with 14 nods total. Sans Community, NBC would have fallen behind ABC, HBO, FX, and AMC, which earned 13, 12, and 11 CCTA nods, respectively.
While Community has always been something of a critical darling, it's never quite earned the same accolades as fellow cult gem Arrested Development did during its run. With awareness of Community arguably at its highest (propelled, in part, by those headline-grabbing feuds between Harmon and star Chevy Chase) six seasons and a movie doesn't seem as implausible a feat as once feared, especially if Emmy follows the CCTA's lead this year.
Emmy waited a little too long to rightfully reward another fan favorite, Friday Night Lights (which had its own complicated relationship with NBC) but with Community still around, for now, it may be time for them to strike while the iron is hot. Depending on how Community fares at the CCTAs, the crazy little show that could may get another boost of confidence.
Among the other big nominees for the 2012 CCTAs include last year's winner for Best Drama Mad Men, which will compete with Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, and Homeland. Check out the complete list of nominees in all the major acting categories (whose notable names include Louis C.K., Lena Dunham, Max Greenfield, Cat Deeley, Kevin Costner, Casey Wilson, and Benedict Cumberbatch, among the varied lot), as well as Best Reality Series, Best Animated Series and Best Talk Show, here.
Is 'Community' Emmy bound?
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