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Andy Daley, 'Review'
Nomination Status: Critical adoration won't be able to overcome limited exposure.
In His Favor: Were this a gallery of my preferences, Daly would be in my Top 3 along with Louis C.K. and Jim Parsons and, for the purposes of 2014, he could probably be at the top of my list. "Review" lets Daly be broadly funny (See "Addiction" or "Hunting" or "Orgy"), it lets him be superbly reactively funny (See "Road Rage" or "Being a Racist"), it lets him be morbidly funny (See "Aching") and it lets him be serious and intellectually intriguing (See "Irish" or "Divorce"). In only nine episodes, it's a range that nobody in this category can compete with. Throw in Daly's writing on "Review" and it's an overall achievement exceeded only by writer-director-editor-star-caterer Louis C.K.
Working Against Him: "Review" badly needed SOMETHING to start the awards momentum, but the TCA Awards failed to take the bait. I don't know what it would take for "Review" to pop up on the Emmy radar, but it seems very unlikely, despite the openings in the category.