Emmy Shocker: Peter MacNicol Out, Peter Scolari In

Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol appeared in more than half of the season which goes against Emmy rules

One of Veep‘s 18 Emmy nominations is coming back, according to an exclusive reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Peter MacNicol received an Emmy nomination for his guest role on the HBO Emmy-winning comedy. However, the Television Academy announced today that MacNicol appeared in more than half of the 10-episode season. That directly violates an Emmy rule requiring actors to appear in less than 50 percent of a season to be eligible for a Guest nomination. The Television Academy later announced Girls‘s Peter Scolari as a replacement nominee.

MacNicol played the politically savvy uncle of Jonah Ryan (Timothy Simons) throughout the fifth season. He was widely considered a frontrunner to win the award. Emmy submissions are the responsibility of the actor, and it appears that MacNicol made a completely honest mistake. “Kissing Your Sister,” the episode dedicated to Catherine Meyer’s political documentary, provided the offending moments.

Peter MacNicol’s character appeared for roughly 10 seconds in the episode, effectively a glorified clip show. It’s likely MacNicol didn’t film new scenes for the episode. He also wouldn’t have considered that episode when making the original Emmy submission in the late Spring. It’s a terrible shame. “Kissing Your Sister” is, in my opinion, the season’s worst episode.

His omission leaves Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Larry David (Saturday Night Live), Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Bradley Whitford (Transparent), and Martin Mull (Veep) as the remaining nominees. Scolari’s nomination marks his fourth career bid.

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