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My 2014 Emmy Nominations Wishlist: Comedy

Will the Netflix hit, "Orange Is the New Black" see many nominations?
Will the Netflix hit, "Orange Is the New Black" see many nominations?

The 2014 Emmy ballot list has been out for a while now. In anticipation for what names will be announced on Thursday, July 10th it makes perfect TV fan sense to assemble a near and dear wish list of their favorites. Before the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences does their thing, we’ll do ours. It’s time to remember the best in comedy we’ve been presented with this year. Here is my dream wishlist for the comedy categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • Broad City
  • Looking
  • Episodes

The possible contenders for the comedy category this year is limited, but has a few gleaming stars. Louie, Veep, and Girls are certain to maintain their positions as on the list, and one would be rather surprised if Orange Is the New Black fails to make the nominations list. Two underrated and overlooked series will likely be dismissed: the hilarious HBO under-underdog series, Getting On and Showtime’s dramedy, Shameless which went from good to great this past season. Broad City is a great little gem that won’t make the cut, nor will the smart and hilarious Episodes, but the new HBO dramedy set in San Francisco, Looking could surprise with a nomination…maybe.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Jake Johnson, New Girl
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Chris O’Dowd, Family Tree
  • Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation
  • Chris Messina, The Mindy Project
  • Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Jonathan Groff, Looking

Louis C.K. is a shoe-in! Don Cheadle practically is too, but he could get knocked out by a few new or returning faces. William H. Macy is deserving for a nomination and maybe should have been nominated a few years earlier. Meanwhile, Jake Johnson continues to be a comedic blast. And here’s to hoping for a little love for Adam Scott. Chris O’Dowd was particularly amusing in Family Tree, but don’t count on seeing his name in the nominations. Chris Messina and Andy Samberg star in two rather buzz-worthy TV series that could give them leverage.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Ilana Glazer, Broad City
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Laurie Metcalf, Getting On
  • Emmy Rossum, Shameless
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
  • Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project

I’d say that Lena Dunham had her best season on Girls this past year. The same goes for Edie Falco and two-time Emmy award-winner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her work on Veep. Dreyfus will surely find herself on the nomination list and maybe win it again. Ilana Glazer is a comedic delight who should definitely be nominated! Emmy Rossum should have been nominated three times by now for her work on Shameless (this year, being her best, if you can believe it) and I found myself rather impressed and humored by Laurie Metcalf’s performance on Getting On. Amy Poehler is great as usual, which could get her a nomination and probably will. Taylor Schilling will most likely find herself on the nominations list due to all of the buzz of her Netflix hit!

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Tony Hale, Veep
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Noel Fisher, Shameless
  • Fred Armisen, Portlandia
  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Raul Castillo, Looking
  • Kevin Dunn, Veep
  • Timothy Simons, Veep

Andre Braugher should win it altogether and will certainly get a nomination. Tony Hale of Veep, who won last year (very deservingly) will be nominated again without a doubt. I wouldn’t be surprised to see most of the nominations for this category full of Modern Family supporting actors, Jesse Tyler Ferguson being the most deserving. Adam Driver might get another nomination. Noel Fisher of Shameless is most deserving this year, his character development this season was at its best. I’ve always been a fan of Fred Armisen in Portlandia and it is about time for a nomination. Two other Veep actors, Kevin Dunn and Timothy Simons could find their way to the nominations list.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
  • Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia
  • Zosia Mamet, Girls
  • Niecy Nash, Getting On
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Carly Chaikin, Suburgatory
  • Anna Deavere Smith, Nurse Jackie
  • Tamsin Greig, Episodes

Kate Mulgrew of Orange Is the New Black and Merritt Wever of Nurse Jackie are going to find their names called on early morning on July 10th without a doubt and Anna Chlumsky had another good season on Veep that could call for another nomination. Carrie Brownstein of Portlanida has always been a comedic joy to watch. The same can be said for Zosia Mamet of Girls who deserves first nomination already! Niecy Nash was one of the best parts of Getting On’s first season but I don’t see her getting the deserved recognition she deserves.

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Christopher Meloni, Veep
  • Andrew Rannells, Girls
  • Charles Gordin, Louie
  • Jeremy Renner, Louie
  • Pablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New Black
  • Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
  • Russell Tovey, Looking
  • Drake, Saturday Night Live
  • Steve Buscemi, Portlandia

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

  • Sarah Baker, Louie
  • Ursala Parker, Louie
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
  • Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
  • June Squibb, Getting On
  • Gaby Hoffman, Girls
  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
  • Becky Ann Barker, Girls
  • Patti LuPone, Girls
  • Amy Landecker, Louie
  • Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series:

  • Louis C.K., Louie “Elevator: Part 6”
  • Jodie Foster, Orange Is the New Black “Lesbian Request Denied”
  • Andrew Haigh, Looking “Looking for the Future”
  • Christopher Morris, Veep “Alicia”
  • Amy Poehler, Broad City “The Last Supper”

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series:

  • Judd Apatow, Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner, Girls “Beach House”
  • Louis C.K., Louie “So Did the Fat Lady”
  • Andrew Haigh, Looking “Looking for the Future”
  • Liz Friedman & Jenji Kohan, Orange Is the New Black “I Wasn’t Ready”
  • Simon Blackwell & Tony Roche, Veep “Special Relationship”
  • Bruce Eric Kaplan, Girls “Flo”

What comedy series or actor/actress do you think will be nominated this year? Find out for sure when the Emmy nominations are announced live from the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, on July 10th!

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© Patrick Broadnax 2014

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