For the creators of Family Guy, the first animated series to be nominated for a best comedy series Emmy since The Flintstones in1961, the nomination will have to be enough.
NBC’s 30 Rock won the category for the third year in a row, beating out a seven-show field of contenders for the honor. The other nominees were Entourage, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother, The Office and Weeds.
While the outcome of the vote was hardly unexpected, the nomination of Family Guy received plenty of attention in the media. The Los Angeles Times, for example, portrayed the cast and crew of the show as thankful for the nomination, but not expecting a victory.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Live Blog wrote: ‘Seth MacFarlane was one of the few mocked celebrities in an awards show audience I’ve seen who didn’t seem secretly annoyed by being teased.’
Speaking to TV Guide.com, MacFarlane said: ‘It was good to finally at long last be recognized for doing the same job your peers are doing. For the longest time it has been frustrating for us and for The Simpsons and for King of the Hill. ‘ These people should be in the same category ‘ they’re doing the same job they’re just working in a different medium. ‘ I just don’t think the Academy was ready to broaden their thinking, and now they are and it’s great to see that they have evolved with the changing television landscape because you can’t really ignore primetime animation as a legitimate form of the sitcom these days.’