Will "Glee" hit a sour note at TV's Emmys?

Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:12pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If life was like a TV show, the young misfit characters from "Glee" would burst into song at the Emmy Awards, wow the audience, and dance off with the coveted best comedy series trophy after one triumphant season.

Yet, although the madcap but dark musical comedy goes into this year's highest television honors with a leading 19 nominations, victory for "Glee" at the August 29 primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is far from a foregone conclusion.

"Just because a show has the most buzz across America, it doesn't mean that translates into Hollywood circles," said veteran awards watcher Tom O'Neil of website The Envelope.com.

That's because Emmy voters tend to be older and more conservative than the fans that have helped make the Fox high-school comedy the most-talked about TV show of the year.

Although "Glee" is a leading contender for the best comedy Emmy -- and actress Jane Lynch is seen as a shoo-in to win best supporting comedy actress for her role as scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester -- the quirky show faces a tough challenge from the more traditional "Modern Family" (14 nominations) and three-time Emmy champion "30 Rock".

"If you ask most American TV lovers, they think 'Glee' is going to win; if you ask most Hollywood insiders they would say 'Modern Family'; but if you ask Emmy historians they would probably say '30 Rock' has the edge. It's a fascinating match-up," O'Neil said.

"Modern Family" won three technical awards in the "creative arts" portion of the Emmys on August 21, with a haul of two for "Glee", including an Emmy for guest star Neil Patrick Harris.

Whatever the outcome, Emmy Awards night is expected to feature a fresh and more populist line-up of winners than in the past two years, when cable shows and repeat winners have dominated, industry watchers say.   Continued...

<p>The cast of the television series "Glee" poses backstage after winning the best TV comedy award at the 2010 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles January 6, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>