2011 Emmys Wishlist: Our Ideal Comedy Emmy Nominees

Tomorrow morning, the nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced well before breakfast, and as a TV site covering all this nonsense, it's our responsibility to bring you our Emmy predictions—wild and wacky as they may be. Seriously, the FCC requires all TV sites to make Emmy predictions. Look it up.

Last year, I semi-accurately picked 45 out of the 60 (75 percent accuracy) nominations in the ten main categories, which is nothing to pat myself on the back over. But that's because I was trying to predict what other people think... and where is the fun in that? This time around, I'm taking a slightly different approach and putting more emphasis on MY picks. Which means my accuracy percentage is about to tumble. Hard. Here are my picks for 2011 Emmy nominations in the comedy categories.

Best Comedy Series

Modern Family
Community
Louie
Archer
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation

Comedies are supposed to make you laugh, right? That's why I've included Archer, Community, and Louie on the list. For my money, they're the three funniest shows on television right now. But I just don't see any of them actually getting nominated. Modern Family is a well-deserved shoo-in, but after that, 30 Rock, The Office, and Parks and Recreation will fight each other for spots. Glee is also a contender, but an uneven second season might penalize it. Also look for one of Showtime's many female-centric dramedies to crack the shortlist.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Joel McHale, Community
Louis C.K., Louie
Someone Else, Comedy Show

Wow, when did the lead comedy actor field get so thin? Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell, and Jim Parsons are locks, and I've included them to keep my accuracy percentage at a respectable level. But after that? I even one spot blank because I couldn't bring myself to choose Glee's Matthew Morrison. Best singer? Sure. Best comedy actor? No way. Joel McHale is great, but Community is a pure ensemble and that hurts his chances. Louis C.K. is hands-down the funniest of the bunch, but it's hard to think he has a shot when the current season is where he's really starting to show his actual acting ability. Who else is out there? Josh Radnor? Ugh. I'm guessing Carell takes this one home as a parting gift.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Patricia Heaton, The Middle
Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory

I know what you're saying: "What!? No Tina Fey?" Yep, no Tina Fey. I know at least someone out there must think like I do, so please—give me a little support here in the comments if you aren't a Tina Fey fan. Toni Collette is the frontrunner here simply because of the amount of acting she does on the otherwise unspectacular United States of Tara. But you know who I want to see win? Patricia Heaton. She's such an underdog but so perfect on The Middle. Kaley Cuoco is also underhyped, but she's come a long way as Penny on The Big Bang Theory, so I picked her over Lea Michelle (Glee), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds). Plenty of worthy candidates here.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Aziz Ansari, Parks and Recreation
Chris Colfer, Glee
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Donald Glover, Community
Danny Pudi, Community
Ed Helms, The Office

Look, Donald Glover cracks me up more than anyone else on network TV, so he makes my list. I've got JTF reppin' Modern Family, because I think he gives the most nuanced performance. Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet are great, but they're basically playing clowns (quite, literally, in Stonestreet's case). I also adore Ed Helms and Aziz Ansari, and Chris Colfer is Chris Colfer, so he gets a vote. But Danny Pudi is my pick because he's actually doing some real underappreciated acting here, much like the way Jim Parsons does so on The Big Bang Theory. Plus, Pudi also showed he can act like he's acting in the wonderful Abed-centric "Critical Film Studies."

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Ellie Kemper, The Office
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Gillian Jacobs, Community
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Another category I consider pretty thin. Wiig's career is white-hot right now, so she makes the list against my better judgment. Betty White will be a sentimental pick forever, because she's immortal. Bet you didn't know that! Jane Lynch still manages to be funny somehow, even though she's on television 23 hours a day and always making me feel bad about myself. I'm trusting fellow TV.com writer Seth Abramovitch's call on Ellie Kemper, because he's an alright guy. Gillian Jacobs won't be nominated, but she deserves to be. I don't think people realize how funny she's made the character of Britta. But I will never tire of Sofia Vergara's shtick on Modern Family, so I give her the overall prize.

My picks—a combination of deserving and personal favorites—are certainly setting me up for disappointment, but I'll at least sleep easy.


Who would make YOUR list of Emmy nominations in the comedy categories?

MORE EMMYS: TV.com's 2011 Emmy nomination picks for the drama categories


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Chris Colfer deserves a drama award because there was nothing very funny about his role this year. Jane Lynch doesn't really deserve a nom because her character got demoted to only doing funny stuff that is also very stupid.
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Community, would be a shame if they didn't win..
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I disagree with you. Community is a terrible show.
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Lies! Community is Amazing, well amazing for at least half of it's episodes anyway...
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why an archer nod and no H. Jon Benjamin in the actors category, because its a cartoon? and what about Aisha Tyler, or Jessica Walter for actress and supporting for that matter? although i do approve very much so of your community predictions
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No Neil Patrick Harris? I know HIMYM is going massively downhill, but he still steals every scene, and he's basically the reason that people keep watching and the show hasn't been cancelled yet.
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Charlie Day for Supporting Actor?

Not including this years lackluster season, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the funniest show on television. It has, however, gotten popular this season, attracting viewers (which is a shame because they're not watching seasons 1-5)
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Would it be out of line to nominate Malcom McDowell for best supporting actor? I know Franklin & Bash isn't supposed to be a comedy series, being on TNT and all, but Infeld is one of the funniest characters on TV.
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`Community and Parks and Rec this year had 2 of the best seasons EVER in a comedy show. They are unique in every way, and funny in ways that are different than normal. One of them better win
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What do people see in Sofia Vergara? I cringe whenever she gets screen time on Modern Family.
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I would love to see Busy Phillips get a nod on the list, but the prize should still go to Sofia Vegara. Danny Pudi and Jesse Tyler Ferguson tied for top spot in my heart. And then of course Patricia Heaton, and I guess Joel McHale - reluctantly becoz he's great but not the best, but you're right, there doesn't seem to be anyone else good enough.
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Ugh, I do NOT like Tina Fey. I don't get her or her humour and Toni Collette by far deserves to win because she is amaaaazing. She has to play 7 characters! So great. So sad US of T is cancelled.
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i love community! i absolutely agree with everything you said as far as nominations go. Same with louie!!! shame those comedies are so under-represented
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Why can't we stop nominate the same old shows year after year I am sick of 30Rock, Modern Family ect. Parks, Community and the like are totally deserving and much funnier!
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Parks and Rec deserves best comedy, it's so under appreciated I would love it to get some recognition.
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Tim! When did our minds merge? I agree on almost everything. Replace TBBT with HIMYM. Replace Kaley Cuoco with Tina Fey. (Can't forgive TBBT for airing opposite Community.) Patricia Heaton and Danny Pudi all the way!
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Also, I agree with juan, it is downright unthinkable to keep Busy Phillips off this list, especially since she won Critics Choice!
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I'm sorry but Chris Colfer does not deserve a best supporting actor in a comedy nomination. 1) glee was terrible this season 2) he was not as heavily featured in the storylines due to transferring schools 3) all of his best acting moments have been dramatic. He was good the first season because it was more subtle and he had great comedic asides so to speak, more like the role Heather Morris's Brittany takes up now. This season (blame either writing or acting) the comedic acting is too over the top even though he still shines when he is called to be serious and grounded.
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I'm a huge "Community" fan, too, and would love to see it win, but really I think "30 Rock" deserves at least the nomination here. This season was much better than last. "Modern Family" went a little sideways this season, so I say they don't get it. Steve Carrell as a parting gift I agree, though I'd be happy to see it go to Baldwin again, too. I'm a Fey fan, so I disagree there on the nomination, though I thoroughly agree and would love to see Heaton get the win. Supporting actor, I disagree with Colfer, and in his place would love to see Rob Lowe. Supporting actress, I like the nominations but would also love to see Allison Hannigan in there (I know you're not a fan of the show).
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I really hope Community and Raising Hope get some Emmy Loving. And where the bloody 'ell is Nick 'Ron Effin' Swanson!' Offermen!?! Danny Pudi really shined this season on Community, especially in Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.
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EASTBOUND AND dOWN
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Modern Family is far from well deserved, and here seems to be the only place that thinks it is. How can you like Archer and Louie and even sit through the Big Bang Theory?
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how do you not have Cougar Town, this list is not good Courtney Cox and Busy Phillips totally deserve it. Best comedy for sure.
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@ Taccado Laugh tracks are horrible, I agree. But TBBT has Parsons, it's a ratings beast, and it does have the occasional zinger in there. I need it in there to fill out the variety pack.
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My list would be similar, just with more Community and less Glee. and Community would win everything. It's AWESOME!
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Stop praising The Big Bang Theory! It is a sit-com with a laugh track! They say stuff on the show which is rarely funny, but then they still advice the audience to laugh with the help of a laugh track. How stupid do they think we are? Only a sub-par show needs a laugh track. Shows which aim for intelligent comedy were the audience has to use its brains to understand the references, word plays and all that, do not need a laugh track. All the others on your list of nominations I can live with.
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