The 2010 Emmy Awards nominations should give writer and executive producer Chuck Lorre a reason to beam with pride. Lorre, the creator of the popular comedies Big Bang Theory and Two & a Half Men, has to be happy that his two shows have secured 11 Emmy nominations this year. By comparing the 2010 Emmy nominations of Big Bang Theory and Two & a Half Men with the shows’ 2009 nominations, one can see Lorre’s comedies have become more successful.
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory has earned five Emmy nominations this year, which is an increase of two from 2009. For the second year in a row, Jim Parsons, who plays the weird, uptight Sheldon Cooper, has been nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.” With how well he portrays the quirky Sheldon Cooper, this nomination could be the start to a long streak of “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” Emmy nominations for Parsons.
Another notable Emmy nomination for Big Bang Theory is Christine Baranski’s nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” Baranski earned her nomination with the role of Beverly Hofstadter, the mother of Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki), in the episode “The Maternal Congruence.” Other 2010 Emmy nominations Big Bang Theory received includes “Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series,” “Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special,” and “Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Series.”
Two & a Half Men
The 2010 Emmy nominations for Two & a Half Men had a major letdown, but overall showed improvement over 2009. Two & a Half Men doubled their Emmy nominations from three in 2009 to six for this year. The major letdown came with Charlie Sheen not being nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series,” a category he has been a regular contender in since 2006. However, Sheen’s counterpart Jon Cryer has received his fifth nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role as Alan Harper. Cryer, who won the 2009 Emmy, looks to become a winner for the second year in a row. Holland Taylor, who plays the not so motherly Evelyn Harper, has been nominated for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” The selection marks Taylor’s third Emmy nomination for her role in the series.
Two & a Half Men has earned an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” via Jane Lynch. Lynch earned the nomination for her appearance as psychiatrist Dr. Linda Freeman in the episode “818-jklpuzo.” The other Emmy nominations Two & a Half Men garnered include “Outstanding Cinematography for a Half Hour Series,” “Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series,” and “Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama (Half-Hour) and Animation.”
*The 2010 Emmys will take place on Sunday, August 29th at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and can be watched on NBC at 8:00pm eastern time.
Internet Movie Database- Big Bang Theory and Two & a Half Men
Emmys Official Website