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Nomination Status: Should defy logic to remain in the field.
In Its Favor: "Glee" has been nominated for the Outstanding Comedy Emmy each of its two years of eligibility. "Glee" isn't even VAGUELY a comedy these days ("Smash" is smartly submitted as a drama, because unlike at the Globes, "Musical" isn't glued to Comedy's backside), but Emmy voters aren't likely to quibble. Instead, they'll look at all of the show's inevitable technical and guest acting Emmy nods and they'll pencil "Glee" in by default. For all the backlash against its creative direction, "Glee" has yet to fall out of the Series categories with the Emmys, the Golden Globes or the SAG Awards.
Working Against It: To beat a dead horse: "Glee" is now totally in the wrong category. Characters have spent way more time crying in recent seasons than making anybody laugh and that includes Sue Sylvester, who used to be a beacon of alleged comedy in the sea of pathos. Always erratic, the "Glee" Quality-o-Meter has gone more negative than positive for a while now. Nobody's going to care.