Remember when the Emmys said that they were making changes to their Guest Actor categories so that truly guest stars were getting the love? Well, it just so turns out that they are really sticking to that.
The Television Academy announced on Wednesday that they are dropping Peter MacNicol from their Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category after he appeared in five of the ten episodes of the show’s most-recent season. At the time in which the ballots were out, he had not appeared in 50% of the episodes and was therefore eligible in that moment. Sometimes, these sort of things happen when episodes are airing during the filming period.
There will be an additional nominee added to the lineup that currently includes Bob Newhart of “The Big Bang Theory,” Tracy Morgan and Larry David from “Saturday Night Live,” Bradley Whitford from “Transparent,” and Martin Mull from “Veep.”
While we’re sure that this has to be incredible frustrating to MacNicol and a total bummer, we do understand the rule change since people like Uzo Aduba and John Lithgow have swept the field of people who are more traditional guest stars, and don’t appear in every episode. This category is now better reflective of people who make a huge imprint in a tiny amount of time.
We’ll have more coverage of this year’s award show as we get closer to it airing in September. For the time being, we do think that the favorite in this category is probably Morgan, but we also certainly wouldn’t be mad if Larry won.