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"Community," O'Neill, Offerman shut out of Emmys

Nick Offerman, whose turn on Parks and Recreation was shut out of Emmy nominations.
Nick Offerman, whose turn on Parks and Recreation was shut out of Emmy nominations.
Photo: Boston Globe

Though Thursday's Emmy nominations contained many excellent nods, one of the year's strongest comedies and at least four excellent character actors were ignored.

Community, an NBC comedy chronicling the lives of a quirky study group, has received accolades from critics and viewers alike in its first season.  However, none of the show's diverse cast--most notably star Joel McHale and Chicago native Danny Pudi--were included in the Comedy Series acting nominations.  McHale even co-hosted the nomination announcements with Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, the latter of whom received a nod.

In the case of Modern Family, each adult member of the ensemble cast was nominated--except for Ed O'Neill, who plays the patriarch of a nontraditional extended family.  Before his role on Modern Family, O'Neill was best known for playing a different grumpy father: Al Bundy on Married . . . With Children, whose opening credits prominently featured Chicago's Buckingham Fountain.

Another NBC comedy, Parks and Recreation, boasts two former Chicagoans in its cast--but only one, Amy Poehler, was nominated.  Nick Offerman, who portrays deadpan deputy director Ron Swanson, is missing from the Supporting Actor in a Comedy category.  Offerman cut his teeth in Chicago theatre, winning a Joseph Jefferson Award in 1997.

What gives, Hollywood?

However, all is not lost: in its fourth season, Friday Night Lights is finally garnering some Emmy attention. The NBC drama, which features Evanston native Zach Gilford, received two acting nods for Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, who play a long-suffering Texas high school football coach and his administrator wife, respectively.

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