'Glee' will enter these six episodes in Emmy race for best comedy series
One-hour comedies have a tough time at the Emmys. Only "Glee," "Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives" and "Ally McBeal" have been nominated for best series in recent years. "Ally" won in 1999, first at the Golden Globes, then at the Emmys. "Glee" has won the Golden Globe as best comedy series for the last two years and was voted best comedy ensemble at SAG in 2010, but it lost to "Modern Family" at the Emmys in 2010. Can it finally prevail in 2011?
Last year, "Glee" won four Emmys: best supporting actress Jane Lynch, director Ryan Murphy for the pilot, guest actor Neil Patrick Harris and for sound mixing. In addition, "Glee" received nods for best comedy series, leading actor Matthew Morrison, leading actress Lea Michele, supporting actor Chris Colfer, guest actor Mike O'Malley, guest actress Kristin Chenoweth, writing and directing.
Except for Harris, all of those people are in contention for the second season, along with an array of other supporting players and big-name guests such as Carol Burnett, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Stamos and breakout star Darren Criss. The Emmys are scheduled to air on Fox in September with Lynch hosting, so that might provide the program with extra awards momentum.
Below are the six episodes the show plans to submit to Emmy judges if it's nominated again for best comedy:
"AUDITION" (aired 9/21/10)
In the season premiere, the glee club tries to recruit new members, including a foreign exchange student Sunshine (Charice Pempengco) and football player Sam (Chord Overstreet). Songs include "Telephone," "Listen," "Empire State of Mind" and "What I Did for Love."
"SILLY LOVE SONGS" (aired 2/8/11)
Love songs are the theme in honor of Valentine's Day. Songs include "Firework," "When I Get You Alone," "Fat Bottomed Girls" and "Silly Love Songs."
"ORIGINAL SONG" (aired 3/15/11)
The glee club members must write and perform an original song. Blaine (Criss) and Kurt (Colfer) share their first kiss. Songs include "Candles," "Raise Your Glass," "Get It Right" and "Loser Like Me."
"THE SUBSTITUTE" (aired 11/16/10)
Coach Sylvester (Lynch) is promoted to acting principal, and Holly Holliday (Paltrow) arrives as a substitute for Will (Morrison), who is out sick. Songs include "Forget You," "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag" and "Singin' in the Rain/Umbrella."
"DUETS" (aired 10/12/10)
The assignment for the glee club is to pair up members to sing duets. The unintended result is several relationships starting up and some ending quickly. Songs include "River Deep -- Mountain High," "Lucky," "With You I'm Born Again" and "Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy."
"NEVER BEEN KISSED" (aired 11/9/10)
Its a boys versus girls competition in which they must perform songs from the opposite gender. After being bullied at his own school, Kurt visits Dalton Academy to watch the Warblers perform. Songs include "Teenage Dream," "Our Love/People Get Ready," "Start Me Up/Livin' on a Prayer" and "Stop! In the Name of Love/Free Your Mind."
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: "Never Been Kissed" episode of "Glee." Credit: Fox TV