By Nicole Rojas | n.rojas@latinospost.com | @nrojas0131 (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Jan 11, 2013 01:14 PM EST

MODERN FAMILY - ABC's "Modern Family" stars Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado , Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Sofí­a Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker and Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett. (Photo : ABC/Bob D'Amico)

The race for Best Comedy or Musical (TV) includes several strong contenders, including a returning nominee and the returning champion.

Best Television Series- Comedy or Musical

The Big Bang Theory: The CBS comedy stars Kaley Cuoco as an aspiring actress Penny, who lives next door to two brilliant, yet socially awkward scientists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons). The show has locked up several nominations, including four Monte-Carlo TV Festival Golden Nymphs (2012), 16 Primetime Emmys (2009-2012), eight Satellite Awards (2009-2010 and 2012) and three SAG Awards (2012-2013). Big Bang Theory has also won two People's Choice Awards, two Primetime Emmys (2010-2011) and a TV Guide Award (2011). The series has been nominated four times for the Golden Globes, not including its win in 2011. Given its recent win for Favorite Network TV Comedy at the People's Choice Awards this week, it is a strong contender for this award.

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Episodes: Returning nominee Episodes is a comedy headlined by former Friends actor Matt LeBlanc. The show has nabbed some award nominations including three Primetime Emmys (2011), two Satellite Awards (2011) and two WGA Awards (TV) (2012-2013). Episodes has been nominated four times for the Golden Globes and won once last year in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical (TV) category. Despite its return nominee status, the show's few previous awards seem to indicate it will not win in this category.

Girls: The HBO series follows a group of girls in their early 20s and features creator Lena Dunham as the show's lead Hannah Horvath. Girls has been nominated for several awards, including four Primetime Emmys (2012), two Satellite Awards (2012), two Television Critics Association Awards (2012) and two WGA Awards (2013). The show has also won numerous awards, including an AFI Award (2013), two Artios awards (2012) and a Primetime Emmy (2012). Dunham's Girls has been nominated fir the first time this year for the Golden Globes in two categories. The show is a strong contender to take the award, but may lose to more popular shows.

Modern Family: The ABC comedy follows the lives of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan and their hilarious dysfunctional yet normal family dynamic. The show features actors Sofía Vergara (Gloria Delgado-Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker) and Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) among its amazingly talented cast. The hit comedy has amassed a multitude of award nominations, including ones from ALMA Awards, BAFTA Awards, GLAAD Media Awards and the Monte-Carlo TV Festival to name a few. Modern Family has also taken home around 60 awards from different critics organizations. The returning champion in this category has been nominated nine times for the Golden Globes and seems poised to take home the award again this year.

Smash: The NBC musical follows a Broadway musical production team as they prepare to put on a show based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. The show, in its second season, features actors Debra Messing (Julia Houston), Jack Davenport (Derek Wills) and Katharine McPhee (Karen Cartwright). The show has nabbed a little more than a handful of nominations, including an Artios award (2012), a Grammy (2013), three Primetime Emmys (2012), two Teen Choice Awards (2012) and a TCA Award (2012). It won one Primetime Emmy last year for Outstanding Choreography. This is the show's first Golden Globes nomination, and while it might not be its last, it seems unlikely to be its first win too.

Prediction: There are several great nominees in this category, including a returning champion and returning nominee. However, it looks to be a tight race between recent People's Choice Award winner The Big Bang Theory and returning champion Modern Family. Based on the incredible amount of previous wins and popularity among fans, I predict Modern Family will take home the award again this year.

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