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Nomination Status: Perennial nominee and former winner seems ripe for a fall.
In Its Favor: "The Office" has been nominated in this category for four consecutive years, winning in 2006. Emmy voters are reticent to remove their favorite comedies from this category and if this weren't a year chock-full of new options, we'd never think to predict anything other than the usual "Office" nomination. Six of the seven nominees from last year are eligible again and if you guarantee slots to "Glee" and "Modern Family," if you assume that "Curb Your Enthusiasm" returns to its familiar place and if you guess that "Big Bang Theory" has a leap to make, that leads to uncertainty. We'd also add that as uneven as the overall "Office" season was, the show had four or five top-shelf episodes and if voters only concentrate on them, "The Office" could certainly take that sixth slot.
Working Against It: It was a mixed bag for "The Office" this year, including "Mafia," this writer's vote for the show's worst-ever episode. It may just come down to hype and buzz for voters in this category, making this a tough year for "The Office."