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"Modern Family," ABC
Nomination Status: You can't save the family sitcom and not get an Emmy nomination for your trouble.
In Its Favor: If not for "Glee," "Modern Family" would have dominated the year's hype cycle. Depending on who you listened to, "Modern Family" saved the traditional family sitcom, saved ABC's comedy development, saved ABC or saved laughter in the world. And guess what? "Modern Family" actually lived up to some percentage of that hype with a terrific first season led by a tremendous ensemble cast, a strong team of writers and excellent format-bending direction.
Working Against It: "Modern Family" lost to "Glee" at the Golden Globes and again at the SAG Awards. Of course, that's the sort of thing that won't come into play until the final voting. When it comes to simply being nominated? "Modern Family" is a lock.