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'The Big Bang Theory'
"The Big Bang Theory," CBS
Nomination Status: The third time's the charm for this CBS smash.
In Its Favor: "The Big Bang Theory" made its creative leap in its second season, but in its third season, the show went from small niche success to TV's top comedy in the 18-49 demographic. Expect Emmy voters to take notice of the same phenomenon that led CBS to transplant "The Big Bang Theory" to Thursday nights this fall. Some folks may say that in this field, it's hard for a traditional multi-camera sitcom to find traction, but remember that series co-creator Chuck Lorre's "Two and a Half Men" has picked up three Outstanding Comedy Emmy nods.
Working Against It: In this field, it's hard for a traditional multi-camera sitcom to find traction. The field went to seven nominations last year and "How I Met Your Mother" was the only multi-camera comedy (and "The Big Bang Theory," expected to be a possible dark horse, was shut out). With all of the first and second year comedies bucking for nominations, is there room for a show to earn recognition after three seasons?