‘Modern Family’ Fails to Earn a Major Emmy Nomination for the First Time in the Show’s History

The cast of Modern Family

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Modern Family used to be the king of the Emmys, but for the first time since the show’s inception, it just was completely shut out of the main categories.

The 2018 Emmy nominations were just announced on Thursday, and Modern Family was notably left out of the category of Outstanding Comedy Series for the first time ever. The nominees were Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, GLOW, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Silicon Valley, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Not only was Modern Family shut out of this top category, though, but not a single member of the cast was nominated, either. Last year, Ty Burrell was up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, but he did not make the cut this time. Instead, 2018’s nominees in that category are Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Louis Anderson (Baskets), Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Henry Winkler (Barry), Kenan Thomspon (Saturday Night Live), and Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).

Modern Family did get one nomination for its sound mixing. But this is the first time ever that it has been left out of all of the main categories. While not entirely surprising, this marks the end of an era. When the ABC comedy premiered, it instantly began to dominate the Emmys, taking home the most awards of any comedy for five years in a row. From 2010 through 2014, it won Outstanding Comedy Series every single time, only being unseated by Veep in 2015.

Since then, Modern Family hasn’t had much of a hold on the Emmys, but even when Veep overtook it in 2015, the show still earned three nominations, and it earned two at the following two ceremonies.

“It was a hell of a run – especially in this day and age when there are so many great shows on so many platforms,” co-creator Steve Levitan told Deadline today. “I’m thrilled for all the brilliant new people who get to experience the good fortune we’ve enjoyed. Plus it gives us a goal for next year: Earn our way back.”

Modern Family | ABC

The category of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series was fairly competitive this year, so it’s understandable why Ty Burrell wasn’t nominated. For one, Bill Hader’s new show Barry has had great buzz, so he was considered a lock for a nomination. Plus, Larry David was eligible for Curb Your Enthusiasm for the first time in years, as the show has been off the air for a long hiatus. Ted Danson also surprised with a nomination for The Good Place, so that’s three people who were nominated this year who weren’t up in 2017.

This year, the comedy series with the most nominations is Saturday Night Live; it was nominated for a total of 21 Emmys. SNL also scored the most nominations for a comedy series last year.

Interestingly, this year’s Emmys will give us an Outstanding Comedy Series winner that isn’t Modern Family or Veep for the first time in nine years. Modern Family was shut out, and Veep was not eligible since it did not air any episodes in time for this year’s deadline.

It’s anyone’s game, but right now, the show with the best chance seems to be Atlanta, Donald Glover’s critically-acclaimed FX series, which aired its second season earlier this year to rapturous reviews. Another strong contender, though, is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon series about a stand-up comedian in the 1950s. If that show doesn’t win, its star, Rachel Brosnahan, is at least considered to be the frontrunner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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