There were a lot of things that made this season of Veep so consistently phenomenal, and only one of them is Peter MacNicol, who guested as Jonah’s long-mentioned uncle, Jeff Kane. Among other endearing qualities (like, for instance, a strong affection for Richard Splett), Kane made an impression with his tirades of insults, some of the best in the whole show’s run.
Now listen to me, you walking trisomy. I could get dog shit in a condom elected in New Hampshire. You are my puppet. I let you dance. And when I stuff you back in the toy box to let Ezra lead, you will be grateful I ever let your wooden painted face take the stage. Now, do you or do you not understand me?
So it was no surprise that MacNicol was nominated for an Emmy for role last week. What was surprising was that apparently no one called no takebacks, and the Academy just stepped in to say they’d changed their mind.
It turns out MacNicol’s awesomeness was just a little TOO consistent, and ended up appearing in too many episodes to be considered a Guest Star. When he was submitted, he had only appeared in four episodes. After all the Emmy submission paperwork had been put through, though, he showed up in one 10-second post-episode credit sequence, in Catherine’s documentary footage. And those ten seconds meant he appeared in more than half the season’s episodes, thus eliminating him from the category.
So that’s a suck and a half. On the bright side, Martin Mull still has his Veep guest star nomination for the peripherally off-the-rails Bob Bradley. Also, while MacNicol seems to be the nicest man imaginable, there’s just joy to be had in reading even a small degree of well-earned passive aggression into this response.
Peter Scolari has been named as a replacement for his role in Girls, as Hannah’s father Tad. (Side note: did we know his name was Tad?) Despite backloading this past season with some of the best episodes the show has ever had, this is the only nomination for Girls this year.