It is always a bittersweet moment for cancelled series that get a final round of Emmy nominations after their final episode has aired. It was a good morning today for two long-running, award-winning NBC series, 30 Rock and The Office, which dominated the Emmy comedy race in the second half of the past decade, earning four best series trophies between them. Both received writing nominations for their series finales penned by their creators/developers, The Office‘s Greg Daniels and 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey (with Tracey Wigfield). The two comedies also will face off in the shortform nonfiction program category with features dedicated to their final cycles, The Office: The Farewells and 30 Rock: The Final Season. The seventh season of 30 Rock landed a total of 13 nominations, even with last year. That includes noms for comedy series, lead actress (Fey), lead actor (Alec Baldwin) and supporting actress (Jane Krakowski). 30 Rock is now bowing out with a perfect record, earning best series nom for each of its seven seasons. Meanwhile, The Office rebounded from a complete shutout last year to score four noms for its ninth season.
Also getting posthumous recognition are Enlightened and Political Animals. After failing to make the Emmy nominations cut for its freshman season, Mike White’s HBO dark comedy landed two noms for its second and final season, best actress mention for star Laura Dern and best guest star nomination for recurring player Molly Shannon.
Meanwhile, Greg Berlanti’s Political Animals, which was envisioned as a regular series but only aired one season on USA and was submitted as a miniseries, nabbed five nominations, including best movie/miniseries and best actress, Sigourney Weaver.