Emmy Talk with JWalk: Can “Black Monday” and “Kidding” Put Showtime Back in the Comedy Race?

Showtime has always showed up strong at the Emmy Awards, even though it has never won top prize of Outstanding Comedy or Drama Series like its arch rival HBO. This year Showtime is hoping that two of its newest comedy offerings, Black Monday and Kidding are able to break into the comedy race.

I’m a huge fan of both of these series, and while their both uniquely different from one another, It would be great if both could break into the comedy categoties with a few nominations each.

Let’s start with Kidding, which stars Jim Carrey in his first television role since In Living Color ended over 20 years ago. Carrey stars as Jeff Piccirillo, or Mr. Pickles, a Mr. Rodgers-type character that’s battling depression, going through a divorce, coping with the lost of one of his twin sons, while trying to connect with the surviving one, on top of trying to be forced out of his Mr. Pickles public access television series, ran by his overbearing father Sebastian (Frank Langella).

If you’ve seen Kidding, one may ask how this is a comedy series, let alone be funny, but Carrey’s performance is subtle, poignant, and makes you realize no matter how big of smile someone puts on, you can be suffering deep down inside. The fact that Carrey was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for this role (which led me to discover the series), I would like to say he’s in contention for an Emmy nomination. He’s never been nominated before, so a big name like Jim Carrey coming to the Emmy’s will work in his favor.

Black Monday (which I can’t get enough of!) stars Don Cheadle, Regina Hall, and Andrew Rannells as shady Wall Street traders leading up to the worst day in Wall Street history in 1987. I have extremely high hopes for Black Monday at the Emmys, not only in the acting races, but for its writing, production design, costumes, and makeup.

I have a strong feeling Cheadle will be a lock in the comedy actor race. He’s no stranger to this category, as he’s been nominated here four consecutive before (2012-2015) for his previous Showtime series House of Lies. I’m also betting big on Regina Hall to infiltrate the comedy actress race, and Andrew Rannells, who may have a tougher time that his co-stars at nabbing a nomination but he’s the heart of the show, which revolves around Mo (Cheadle) and Dawn (Hall) trying to scam Blair (Rannells) into running a fraudulent scheme against his fiance’s family business. Casey Wilson, who plays Tiff in an outlandishly Emmy-worthy performance, would also be welcomed into the Emmy race, but I’m not predicting her to compete since she’s being submitted in the extremely crowded and competitive supporting actress category.

Showtime has a lot going for it with Kidding and Black Monday (especially with its recent season 2 renewal), and realistically could make it into the races somehow, but it’ll be an uphill battle. Shameless star William H. Macy has been a perennial nominee in this category since 2014, but hasn’t been able to win. He’s also associated with this college admissions scandal with wife Felicity Huffman, which may deter voters from nominating him for the shows 9th season.

Even though Shameless hasn’t picked up any traction at the Emmys, Showtime has a perfect opportunity with two new very Emmy-worthy contenders.

2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.

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