So, what is comedy these days?
A half-hour, single-cam cable show about a drug-addicted nurse? A one-hour women’s-prison dramedy streaming on the Internet? A ratings smash with an old-school laugh track? A single-cam spin on the travails of a working woman and her messy dating life? An “adorkable” network series centered on a girl and her best guy friends? Or a grim hourlong series about a poor Chicago family whose toddler almost ODs on his sister’s cocaine? For the six Emmy contenders who gathered on May 10 in Los Angeles to chat — The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, 28; New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel, 34; Nurse Jackie’s Edie Falco, 50; The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling, 34; Shameless’ Emmy Rossum, 27; and Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, 29 — the genre is all those things and then some. Between fake-peeing, showering with co-stars and the “torture” of watching their performances, there’s little these women won’t do for the sake of their craft.