Comedy TV series Portlandia has been nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the 68th Emmy Awards.
On September 10 and 11, when several Emmys were presented at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy celebrations, Portlandia bagged the award for Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality Competition Series. The same award was received by the show last year.
In an interview with The Wrap, cast member Carrie Brownstein spoke about the development of Portlandia from a series of short videos into an acclaimed satirical show. She said there was a “clumsiness to the first season” that was important to stick with.
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“When clumsiness becomes more intentional and more refined, it is still able to capture the awkwardness of some of life’s moments, and that’s important for us to hold onto,” Brownstein said. “I think it was to our benefit that we came together not knowing the rules. Because it doesn’t feel like a show that follows too many rules.”
As reported by Oregon Live Portlandia, also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, lost the title to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Ever since it aired in 2011, Portlandio has been nominated for a plethora of recognitions, including Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (2014); Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series (2013); and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series (2012).
Portlandio will be competing for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the Emmys against contenders including Drunk History, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Saturday Night Live, and Documentary Now!