According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences is doing things a little differently this year by revealing who the top 10 finalists are in the categories of Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series. A big surprise was that “Family Guy” made the cut in the comedy category
the result of creator-producer Seth MacFarlane having opted to switch his subversive ‘toon to comedy series contention while simultaneously submitting a special episode to the animated program category.
No animated series has ever received a nomination for outstanding comedy. “Family Guy” would be the first, and it’s halfway there. The only other series to try a similar gambit was “The Simpsons” in the early 1990s, but it was never able to crank the comedy series list and opted thereafter to place all of its eggs in the animated program basket.
Family Guy is going head to head with HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”, “Entourage”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, as well as NBC’s “The Office” and “30 Rock”, and ABC’s “Pushing Daisies” and “Ugly Betty”.