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'The Big Bang Theory'
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
Nomination Status: As popular as ever, there's no reason "The Big Bang Theory" shouldn't remain in this field.
In Its Favor: With its nomination count slowly growing, "The Big Bang Theory" finally landed its first Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy nomination last season. It's the rare example of a CBS-style comedy that has SOME critical support, as well as a massive audience. That didn't change last year. In fact, the performance of "Big Bang Theory" against competing Thursday night powerhouses became even more impressive. If Emmy voters like "The Big Bang Theory" enough to nominate Johnny Galecki for Lead Actor, they looooooooove this show. It's not going anywhere.
Working Against It: Because "Big Bang Theory" is a popular hit and because it's a multi-cam comedy, it'll never have the cache of a half-dozen shows that won't be nominated. So there's always the possibility that a "Veep" or a "Louie" or a "Community" might sweep in with more buzz. I just wouldn't count on it.