2010 Emmy Predictions: Comedy

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This year's Emmy nominations will be released tomorrow at the butt-crack-o-dawn by two tired actors who were somehow coaxed into reading teleprompters several hours before they usually hit the snooze buttons on their alarms (this year, the honor goes to Modern Family's Sofia Vergara and Community's Joel McHale).

But we can't wait that long, so we're making a list of the shows and people we think will be nominated, as well as a dark horse we think could or should get nominated.

I'll start with the comedy side of things and hit the drama stuff later today. Be sure to check back Thursday to see how wrong I was!

Best Comedy Series:

This category hasn't been much of a competition in the last three years, with 30 Rock taking the award every year since 2007. But this year there's finally some legit competition, with The Big Bang Theory coming into its own and hit newcomers in Glee and Modern Family. We think nerds will rule, and the top-rated Big Bang will end Liz Lemon's run. NBC's Community is our sleeper pick, as it's hilarious but may be too quirky for Emmy voters' tastes.
Our Picks:
(* denotes the nominee we think will win)
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory*
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie

Best Actor, Comedy:

Alec Baldwin has gone back-to-back, but last year's oversight of Jim Parsons was a mistake. Emmy voters will get it right this year, and Parsons will take home his first trophy. Tony Shalhoub could be an upset in his final season as Adrian Monk. Community's Joel McHale has a shot a bid for one simple reason: he's presenting the nominations, which has meant an automatic bid in the last few years.
Our Picks:
(* denotes the nominee we think will win)
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory*
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Joel McHale, Community

Best Actress, Comedy:

A strong field with no clear frontrunners makes this category a puzzle. Edie Falco and Toni Collette certainly have the skills to take this one, but will voters be swayed by the pipes of Lea Michele and all the Glee hype? Amy Poehler has also made big strides this year, but all of our multiple personalities like Collette to repeat. Kaley Cuoco might seem like a longshot to earn a nomination, but the combination of a female lead and TV's top-rated comedy does strange things to Emmy voters. So does the return of one of the Friends... Courteney Cox's name is being bandied about for Cougar Town.
Our Picks:
(* denotes the nominee we think will win)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Toni Collette, United States of Tara*
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Lea Michele, Glee
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy:

Because the cast of Modern Family all agreed to enter the competition under the supporting actor categories, there's a logjam here. Ty Burrell may get some of the funnier lines, but Ed O'Neill and Eric Stonestreet are the solid picks, with O'Neill walking to the podium. If I had a vote, I'd be calling Jesse Tyler Ferguson's name. He's genius on that show. Danny Pudi's turn as wacko Abed should get consideration, but it won't as long as Emmy voters remain buttoned-up.
Our Picks:
(* denotes the nominee we think will win)
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family*
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Danny Pudi, Community

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy:

More Modern Family mess. Julie Bowen will get nominated, but we're not sure she deserves to be. Sofia Vergara deserves the win here, and we think Emmy voters will agree. But let's not forget about Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines as a dark horse. And could this be the year Emmy voters realize that It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson's name should be on their list? No, probably not.
Our Picks:
(* denotes the nominee we think will win)
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family*
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Lynch, Glee
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Cheryl Hines, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Jane Adams, Hung
Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Who do you think should be nominated for an Emmy this year?

Check out our guesses for the Drama field.

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