Now, the Comedies:
A choice between the very hip and the almost traditional. This will be Emmy's last chance to honor 30 Rock, and they have honored Modern Family for the past three years. Girls had what even it biggest supporters considered a sophomore slump. Louie is a very beloved staple, and Veep has been improving high standards.
My personal pick is the Broadcast Critic's Choice, The Big Bang Theory which, frankly deserved more nominations for it's cast and writing. But considering that it went out on a relative high note, I think 30 Rock will prevail. Maybe then next year we can give Parks and Recreation and New Girl the Emmys they deserve.
Should Win: The Big Bang Theory
Will Win: 30 Rock.
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
VERY tough choice. Alec Baldwin in meshed in controversy for personal reasons, and he has won a lot of awards for this show already. So has Jim Parsons, even though he was brilliant. Don Cheadle would have been a good choice and has the Golden Globe--- for last season. Jason Bateman deserves some recognition, but the Emmys have historically been unkind to him.
Basically, it comes down to which actor played a better version of himself. I think, personally, that Matt LeBlanc's work on Episodes is mesmerizing. But Louie C.K. is the definition of a multi-talent. He's up for five other trophies for writing, directing, editing, and producing, he's won the Critics Choice for Best Actor, and he's an industry veteran. Oh, and he's really funny.
Should win: LeBlanc
Will Win: Louie C.K.
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Edie Falco have won a lot of Emmys in their careers. To date, Amy Poehler is 0 for 10. And she was hysterical to watch at this year Golden Globes. And she does everything Lena Dunham does, but she's been doing it longer. And her sitcom is one of the funniest shows in history. Have I mentioned how unfair the Emmys are?
I really would like to see Poehler win. But I have a sinking feeling it's going to go to one of her SNL sisters. Admittedly, she makes losing look even more hysterical, but she doesn't deserve to become like Bob Newhart and have to wait until she's 84.
Should Win: Poehler.
Will Win: Fey.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY
No one from Parks and Recreation or Big Bang Theory is in this category, so I'm having a really hard time caring who triumphs. I'd be more relieved that Eric Stonestreet isn't taking up room if I wasn't convinced that one of his colleagues will prevail. Personally I'd like to see Ed O'Neill win something in my lifetime, but the Emmys haven't been good to Married: With Children vets. And for those who think Bill Hader has a chance, no one at SNL has won in this category for nearly twenty years. If Amy Poehler couldn't do it, what chance is there for mere mortals
Should win: O'Neill.
Will Win: Ty Burrell.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY
Now this category I'm invested in. Like Best Actress in a Drama, they found room for seven funny ladies (none of whom were Audrey Plaza or Kaley Cuoco, but you can't have everything.) My personal favorite in this category is the same as last season, Mayim Bialik, who makes the room light up on Big Bang Theory. I wouldn't mind if Sofia Vegara or Merritt Weyer prevailed, as they're both gems. And Jane Krakowski has always been hysterical and criminally unrewarded.
It's a tough call, but I think Krakowski will triumph. As with Fey and Baldwin, this is her last chance to prevail, so a little sentiment might work in her favor.
Should win: Bialik
Will Win: Krakowski.
See you on Sunday night.