Emmy nominations are coming on Thursday (July 19)! So here is what and who Ibelieve should be nominated. I made my selections based on what categories I think the shows and the actors should be in, not necessarily what category they were submitted in. So, if an animated show submitted for animated series (and was thus not eligible to also submit for comedy series), I still considered it for best comedy, or if an actor submitted for lead but really should have submitted for supporting, I considered that person in the supporting field. Or if guest actors weren’t submitted, I don’t care. There are certain potentially deserving nominees on shows that I do not watch or just started watching that I have heard enough good things about to consider along with those I am familiar with; such contenders are marked in italics. My choices are listed in order of most deserving first.
(Thanks to fishsticktheatre.com for the Community screencaps.)
Remember when 30 Rock was (deservedly) dominating this category? And now Modern Family is (undeservedly) dominating? Both of those shows miss my short list. Boy, are we living in a golden age of comedy. Is it time yet for everyone else to realize how incredible Community is?
1. Community (Check out this episode: “Remedial Chaos Theory”)
2. Parks and Recreation (Check out this episode: “Citizen Knope”)
3. Louie (Check out this episode: “Duckling,” from what I’ve heard)
4. Happy Endings (Check out this episode: “Big White Lies”)
5. Girls (Check out this episode: “Vagina Panic”)
6. Bob’s Burgers (Check out this episode: “Bad Tina”)
Also worth consideration: Archer, Suburgatory, 30 Rock, The Middle
There sure are a lot of great comedies fronted by funny ladies these days. Zooey Deschanel sure is awesome. (You hear that, people who don’t like her?!) But Amy Poehler is even more awesome, and it continues to be a disgrace that she hasn’t won yet.
1. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (Check out this episode: “The Debate”)
2. Zooey Deschanel, New Girl (Check out this episode: “Jess and Julia”)
3. Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope (Check out this episode: “Jimmy’s Fake Girlfriend”)
4. Lena Dunham, Girls (Check out this episode: “Vagina Panic”)
5. Tina Fey, 30 Rock (Check out this episode: “The Tuxedo Begins”)
6. Jane Levy, Suburgatory (Check out this episode: “The Motherload”)
Also worth considering: Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, Dreama Walker, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Laura Dern, Enlightened
The more and more I think about it, the more I realize how much Joel McHale as Jeff Winger belongs in the pantheon of perfect casting.
1. Joel McHale, Community (Check out this episode: “Origins of Vampire Mythology”)
2. Louis C.K., Louie (Check out this episode: “Duckling,” from what I’ve heard)
3. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock (Check out this episode: “Today You Are a Man”)
4. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (Check out this episode: “The Stag Convergence”)
T5. Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Key & Peele (Check out this episode: Episode 1)
Also worth considering: Will Arnett, Up All Night, Danny McBride, Eastbound & Down, Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Thanks to the debuts of Suburgatory and Up All Night and the maturation of Happy Endings, this category is more crowded than ever. But, uh-huh, Alison Brie is still the best. But she does have some solid competition on her own show. And oh how I wish I could also pick Aubrey Plaza!
1. Alison Brie, Community (Check out this episode: “Regional Holiday Music”)
2. Gillian Jacobs, Community (Check out this episode: “Remedial Chaos Theory”)
3. Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation (Check out this episode: “Live Ammo”)
4. Eden Sher, The Middle (Check out this episode: “Leap Year”)
5. Casey Wilson, Happy Endings (Check out this episode: “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”)
6. Carly Chaikin, Suburgatory (Check out this episode: “Down Time”)
The difference between these last two slots and the first two out was razor-thin; I could easily switch Casey and/or Carly out with a castmate, and then turn around and switch them back the next day.
7. Elisha Cuthbert, Happy Endings
8. Allie Grant, Suburgatory
Also worth considering: Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings, Ellie Kemper, The Office, Maya Rudolph, Up All Night, Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, Zosia Mamet, Girls, Yvette Nicole Brown, Community, Ana Gasteyer, Suburgatory, Kaitlin Olson, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Nick Offerman was more awesome than ever as Ron Swanson this season, and I thought that this would be the first season that I would pick him over Danny Pudi, but then Community went and had a run of incredible Abed-centric episodes in the back half of the season, and I’ve got to give it to Danny again. Both of them deserve to have won multiple times already. I would also be okay with Jim Rash getting one step closer to an EGOT.
1. Danny Pudi, Community (Check out this episode: “Virtual Systems Analysis”)
2. Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation (Check out this episode: “Campaign Ad”)
3. Jim Rash, Community (Check out this episode: “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux”)
4. Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (Check out this episode: “Zooey Deschanel/Karmin”)
5. Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock (Check out this episode: “Today You Are a Man”)
6. Damon Wayans, Jr., Happy Endings (Check out this episode: “The Code War”)
Also worth considering: Adam Pally, Happy Endings, Ty Burrell, Modern Family, Max Greenfield, New Girl, Donald Glover, Community, Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation, Jason Segel, How I Met Your Mother, Chris Pratt, Parks and Recreation, Adam Driver, Girls, Alan Tudyk, Suburgatory, Chevy Chase, Community, Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Glenn Howerton, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Danny DeVito, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rob McElhenney, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Atticus Shaffer, The Middle, Aziz Ansari, Parks and Recreation, Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock, Tony Hale, Veep
Guest Actor and Actress
Oh, guest actor category, you drive me crazy, what with your mix of recurring characters who don’t appear often enough to enter into the supporting field and characters who only appear for one episode or one arc. Community’s resident Hispanics – fight it out! As for the ladies, I can safely pick Kathryn Hahn ahead of all others; let’s make her more of a household name!
1. Richard Erdman, Community
2. Luis Guzman, Community
3. Paul Rudd, Parks and Recreation
4. Norm MacDonald, The Middle
5. Giancarlo Esposito, Community
6. Jim Carrey, 30 Rock
Also worth considering: William Baldwin, 30 Rock, Steve Buscemi, Saturday Night Live, Will Forte, 30 Rock, Kyle McLachlan, Portlandia
1. Kathryn Hahn, Parks and Recreation
2. Zooey Deschanel, Saturday Night Live
3. Kristen Wiig, Portlandia
4. Whoopi Goldberg, The Middle
5. Emma Stone, Saturday Night Live
6. Leslie Mann, Modern Family
Also worth considering: Ursula Parker, Louie, Lizzy Caplan, New Girl