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Returning hits ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Roseanne’ shut out of best comedy Emmy race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two high-profile revivals of broadcast community hits from yesteryear – “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne” – have been shut out of this 12 months’s contest for best comedy collection as Emmy voters largely embraced newer choices from cable-TV and streaming platforms.

FILE PHOTO: Actress Roseanne Barr waves on her arrival to the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 7, 2018. Picture taken January 7, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The two snubbed collection marked comebacks for community staples of nearly polar-opposite pedigrees – one present about 4 upscale singles extensively credited with bringing homosexual women and men into mainstream popular culture, and the opposite a blue-collar household sitcom whose reboot was hailed in a congratulatory telephone name by President Donald Trump.

Each present scored a best supporting actress bid for one of its co-stars – Megan Mullally because the tart-tongued Karen on NBC’s “Will & Grace” and Laurie Metcalf as Jackie, the politically liberal foil to her extra conservative sister, the title character on ABC’s “Roseanne.”

But the latter present’s lead performer and creator, Roseanne Barr, was noticeably absent from the roster of this 12 months’s contenders for best comedy actresses.

After returning to the airwaves to excessive scores and customarily heat opinions, Barr has largely light from the highlight since sparking an outcry with a infamous off-camera racial slur on Twitter, evaluating a former Obama administration adviser to an ape.

ABC responded by canceling the present’s revival final month, however later introduced plans to launch a “Roseanne” spinoff with out Barr within the fall. The unique “Roseanne” aired from 1988 to 1997.

In addition to Mullally’s Emmy bid, “Will & Grace” drew 4 different nominations, together with a guest-actor nod for Molly Shannon, a “Saturday Night Live” veteran who appeared on the resurrected present taking part in a neighbor of the present’s two titular lead characters.

But the one nomination scored by “Roseanne” aside from Metcalf’s nod for supporting actress was for the reasonably obscure technical class of best multicamera image enhancing for a comedy collection.

Another ABC sitcom thought-about a front-runner for best comedy collection, five-time class winner “Modern Family,” sustained only one minor nomination this 12 months – for sound mixing.

The solely main broadcast community present to earn a spot within the best comedy race on Thursday was ABC’s “black-ish.” It was joined by an HBO collection making a comeback this previous season, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” together with 4 model new choices – “Atlanta” on FX, “Barry” on HBO, “GLOW” on Netflix and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” on Prime Video.

Rounding out the class have been two returning comedies – “Silicon Valley” on HBO and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” on Netflix.

Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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