Please welcome Hollywood Jew intern Daniella Penn making her blogging debut:
The 2010 Emmy nominations are out, and what would television be without Jews?
“Glee,” the new smash-hit musical comedy, was as heavy on nominations (19 more than any other television show this year) as it is in Jewish presence. Jewish Broadway star Lea Michele (“Spring Awakening”), nominated for Outstanding Actress in Comedy, plays ambitious lead character Rachel Barry. Her fellow glee-clubber, blonde cheerleader Quinn Fabray, is played by Dianna Agron, also Jewish. “Glee” even breaks traditional portrayals of the intellectual/misfit Jew with character Noah Puckerman, a football jock popular with the ladies who also happens to be a member of the tribe. As Columbia Professor Jeremy Tauber asserts, “Jews are as much a part of the DNA of American musical theater—and, as such, of Glee—as, well, gay men.”
“Modern Family,” another rookie comedy up for an Emmy, was created by Steven Levitan, who was raised Jewish. Seinfeld co-creator Larry David now stars as a fictionalized version of himself in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” nominated for Outstanding Comedy. Julia Louise-Dreyfus, in the running for best actress (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”), has a Jewish father.
Tellingly, comedy has a much better Jewish showing than drama. Bob Odenkirk, of nominated AMC drama “Breaking Bad” is almost Jewish. His wife and kids are Jewish, and upon learning his character was named Saul Goodman, he lamented, “Aww geez, I’m sorry I’m not Jewish!” All hope is not lost, Bob. It’s not too late to convert.
May the best Jew win.