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Nomination Status: The year's most publicized newcomer may be the favorite.
In Its Favor: More gallons of ink were spilled this year over "Glee" than over any other show in recent memory. Or those gallons would have been spilled if the Internet required ink. Semantics aside, "Glee" became TV's most hyped new show in a long time and reenforced that hype with major Golden Globes and SAG Awards wins. Leave aside worries that the backlash is already beginning and that "Glee" wasn't nearly as strong in the second half of its first season, this is probably the show to beat both in this key category and for overall nominations.
Working Against It: Unlike the Golden Globes, the Emmys don't mention the word "musical" in this category's description. As a result, "Glee" is competing in this category purely on its comedic merits, or at least it ought to be. Is "Glee" really enough of a comedy to place? We suspect the voters will think so.