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EMMY NOMINATIONS: ‘Robot Chicken’ celebrated, ‘Family Guy’ snubbed

Two summers ago, “Family Guy” was the first animated series in nearly a half-century to score an Emmy nom for Best Comedy Series. And now? This morning, the Seth MacFarlane comedy didn’t even collect a nod for Outstanding Animated Program.

Instead, much of the applause and plaudits went to “Robot Chicken,” which was nominated for both Outstanding Animated Program and Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program. The Cartoon Network show also received an Outstanding Voice-Over Performance nom for Seth Green.

MacFarlane wasn’t shut out in the Animated Program race: His “Cleveland Show” will compete against not only “Robot Chicken” but also Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s “South Park” (Comedy Central), Matt Groening’s “Futurama” (again, Comedy Central) and Fox stablemate “The Simpsons,” Groening’s granddaddy in the field.

“Futurama” (Maurice LaMarche) and “The Simpsons” (Dan Castellaneta — aka the voice of Homer and Krusty) also received voice-over performance nominations.

Besides “Robot Chicken,” the other nominees for Short-Form Animation are Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time,” ABC’s “Disney Prep & Landing,” Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

“Family Guy” wasn’t shut out entirely, receiving four noms in music and sound categories.

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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