Here’s a wacky little story involving a not-too-wacky (read: prestigious) award: an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Veep just morphed into an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Girls, after Peter MacNicol was disqualified for his work on the former.
Let’s clarify: MacNicol (aka the secret MVP of Ally McBeal) guested on Veep’s fifth season, and received an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Yet MacNicol has since been deemed unfit for the award, since he appeared in too many episodes of the season—THR points out that the rule is “less than 50 percent” of a season’s episodes—and thus cannot be considered a “guest actor.”
Rules are rules, and today, Peter Scolari is loving those rules. Scolari plays Lena Dunham’s dad on Girls, and he has replaced MacNicol as the nominee in the category. This is Girls’ lone nomination this season (which is a bummer, since Girls was pretty good this season).
Scolari will compete against Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Larry David (Saturday Night Live), Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Martin Mull (Veep). Martin Mull probably deserves to win.