2010 Emmy Predictions: Comedy

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*
Glee
30 Rock
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Nurse Jackie
Sleeper:
Community

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
Sleeper:
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
Sleeper:
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
Sleepers:
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
Sleepers:
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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A lot of people are predicting LOST. Can't wait for the emmys. We will be live tweeting the Emmys, make your predictions and join us http://bit.ly/bMS6HM
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Another Shocking Emmy nominees, without Big bang theory !
poor Emmy :(
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Modern Family is the Best i just love this show
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Wow! I dont believe that the Big Bang Theory missed out on a best comedy series nom again, what a joke!
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Ok and BBT just got snubbed again. What a surprise.
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Jane Lynch will win best supporting actress. I am willing to bet my money on this. I hope Lea Michele doesn't win.
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@99pine - If you can't laugh at 30 Rock, you have a terrible sense of humor, and I pity you.
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ENOUGH 30ROCK! i have yet to watch an episode where i actually laugh. i am so tired of that show winning all the time
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Hell, yes and if Jane Lynch doesn't win they can abolish the whole award show. She is astounding on many levels.
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I hope Glee becomes the Mad Men of the comedy category. Although Lea Michele can be left out, she is a perfect yet cold singer and her role is rather boring in my eyes. Kurt Hummel (excellently portrayed btw) is a thousand times more interesting than this annoying drama queen.
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It may be time The Office takes a step back this year, Comedy predictions/nominations: http://www.mukulj.com/emmy-nominations-2010
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Community is so underrated.
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Glee doesn't seem like it fits into this category but I wouldn't know where else it would fit better. I hope it doesn't win.
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Jeremy Piven from Entourage should win this year.
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Community should be nominated for best supporting actor Danny Pudi, Best Actor Joel McHale, and best comedy series. As for the predictions, I'm about 99% sure Glee will win best comedy series, Baldwin will win his millionth emmy (The Hollywood media refuses to let him lose!), Toni Collete will probably win, Cryer might repeat or Piven could win, and Jane Lynch will probably win best supporting actress.
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Desperate Housewives???
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DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!!!!!! nd 4 drama LOST!!!!!!
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Pretty through list. I loved how you threw in some sleepers and dark horses along with the front runners. Parks and Rec. has always stuck with me for some reason; so I think it deserves a reward, even though it probably won't. As far as the rivalry between 30 Rock and The Big Bang Theory, I personally believe that The Big Bang Theory is better. 30 Rock is kinda *meh*.
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1st Of All WTF IS DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES?????? It Should Definetly BE ON Your List! Especially Eva Longoria Parker.
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First off, Sunny deserves to win at least four or five awards this year simply because it's been snubbed for so long. It's generally regarded as one of the best sitcoms in the past decade if not of all time. But since it's too raunchy for network television, it won't get recognition.

Also, I like Kaitlin Olson as Sweet Dee in the show. But every year I hear how she's the only one who might get recognized. Don't be confused, she's the worst one on the show...she's good and holds her own with the guys, but there is a big difference between holding your own and standing out as the clear best which is what the Emmy should recognize.
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My dream nomination would be Nick Offerman of Parks and Rec. Just hands-down the funniest performance of the year. I'd also love to see Community get some love, it was probably my second favorite comedy of the year ( as for my first -- *sniff*Better Off Ted ... we hardly knew ye).



Also, I don't see any way The Big Bang Theory wins. I think it's going to be a toss-up between Modern Family and Glee, with Modern Family taking the big prize in the end for a very solid first season. However, I would be surprised if Jim Parsons didn't win for TBBT.



Of course, all this win talk is a little premature before the nominees are even announced. Can't wait for tomorrow!
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I'm having a lot of trouble seeing Nurse Jackie as a comedy. That was a joke right? A very bad one. I hope Modern Family wins for every category its nominated in. That is comedy at its best.
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Community deserves it, simply amazing first season.
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also, a show with a laugh track should not be eligible
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Nurse Jackie is a comedy? Gimme a break!!!!! Glee a comedy? Parts yes, majority, no!!!!!!! Weeds is a comedy?????
And the actors in these series are not comedic actors up for roles!!!
Get with the program!!!!!! They slight so many other shows out there that are true comedies--Party Down??????
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Community is my new favorite comedy. I think every cast member should be nominated.
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@Amber132 - We LOVED Better Off Ted here and championed it as much as we could, but personally I'll be surprised if it's nominated for anything. Got a hunch it's been completely forgotten already.
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Danny Pudi should definitely be in the running, but I think you're right. Emmy voters aren't ready for a show like Community. I'm sure it will be same ol' same ol'.
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Seriously? Nothing on Better of Ted? Not even the suporting actress category for Portia de Rossi? I mean two people fro the same show make it on the list and one person from a show that hasn't been good in a long time(weeds)but you leave out one of the best comedy actresses. And Glee is fun but it hasn't been consistently fun. Let anyone watch Home and then the worst episode from Better off Ted's second season(which is hard because this show HAS been consistently funny) and anyone with half a brain will like BoT better.
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Glee nominated for best comedy??
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if glee or modern family wins anything in the comedy category..i will smash my head against the wall....deserving: community, BBT, and 30 rock

danny pudi should probably win best supporting actor
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I hope Jim Parsons and Jane Lynch win. I love them.
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30 rock does not deserve to win, Big Bang Theory is wayyy funnier!
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why lea michele??
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I really hope Lea Michelle doesn't get nominated. She's the weak link in Glee I think. Jane Lynch is far more deserving.
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Jane Lynch definitely deserves to win!
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Community!!!!!!!!
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good predictions i agree with almost all of them
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I really want BBT to win all its nominations. It really deserves to.
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With the exception of Jane Lynch....**yawn**...
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glee? the heck? not funny!
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lame. dont agree at all.
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Great commenting on Jane Adams and Kaitlin Olson, I think both deserve nominations. I would also throw in Rosemarie DeWitt for her turn as "Charmaine" on "United States of Tara". That show doesn't work unless the actress with that part is exceptional when acting against Toni Collette and DeWitt is kindof awesome in that part.
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