Emmys 2011: Why 'The Simpsons' and other animated shows aren't on the comedy series ballot


The other day, when we put the comedies on the Emmy ballot in order from least to most funny, there were a bunch of comments and tweets that wondered why we didn't include very funny shows like "The Simpsons," "Archer," "South Park" and others.There's a good reason for that: None of them are on the ballot for outstanding comedy series. In fact, except for "Family Guy," not one animated series submitted in that category. Instead, they're all in the outstanding animated series category.Why? Well, there's a good reason for that, something we touched on in our post from a few weeks ago about shows that never got the right kind of Emmy love, and it's a pretty simple one: Animated shows rarely get nominated -- and they never, ever win -- when up against live-action shows.Until 2009, when "Family Guy" broke through and got an outstanding comedy series nomination, almost 50 years had passed since...



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