Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emmy Picks and Info Ahead of Sunday Night’s Show

This Sunday’s 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards program doesn’t promise much with regard to a host (Jane Lynch) or presenters, but the competition is pretty good.  There are many castmates of various shows vying against each other in the same category. 

Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki are both competing for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Big Bang Theory.  In the Best Supporting Actor category for comedy series, the four grown-up actors in Modern Family are nominated:  Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell),  Ed O'Neill (Jay), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron), who won last year, and Ty Burrell (Phil).

Another big category is Best Supporting Actress in comedy.  Betty White of Hot in Cleveland is up against Sofia Vergara of Modern Family.  That’s a tough one for me, though I think Vergara is funnier.  You have to give to Betty White, though, for being a comedienne with precision timing at the age of 90.

For Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series, Nathan Lane is a lock for his turn as "Pepper Saltzman" in Modern Family where he was amazing playing against Ed O'Neil.  But, that category also has Matt Damon as "Carol" in 30 Rock and Justin Timberlake who showed he has some comedy chops as guest host of Saturday Night Live.

Leading the list of nominations is the HBO Miniseries Mildred Pierce with 21.  Other top nominees are Mad Men (19), Boardwalk Empire (18), Modern Family (17), Saturday Night Live (16), Game of Thrones and 30 Rock (13), Glee (12), Downton Abbey and Too Big to Fail (11) and American Idol and The Kennedys (10).

Below are the nominees in major categories with my picks highlighted.  If more than one name or program is highlighted, I think it’s a toss-up.   If there’s no highlighting, I didn’t see enough programs in the category, can’t choose a clear cut winner or, in the case of Reality TV Host, I think it’s a ridiculous category populated by a bunch of stiffs. (That award already presented at the Creative Emmys to Jeff Probst of Survivor.)

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
The Big Bang Theory • CBS • Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter
Episodes • Showtime • Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
Louie • FX Networks • Louis C.K. as Louie
The Office • NBC • Steve Carell as Michael Scott
30 Rock • NBC • Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO • Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
Dexter • Showtime • Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan
Friday Night Lights • DirecTV • Kyle Chandler as Coach Eric Taylor
House • FOX • Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House
Justified • FX Networks • Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens
Mad Men • AMC • Jon Hamm as Don Draper

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big C • Showtime • Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison
Mike & Molly • CBS • Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
Nurse Jackie • Showtime • Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Parks And Recreation • NBC • Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Raising Hope • FOX • Martha Plimpton as Virginia Chance
30 Rock • NBC • Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Friday Night Lights • DirecTV • Connie Britton as Tami Taylor
The Good Wife • CBS • Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Harry's Law • NBC • Kathy Bates as Harriet "Harry" Korn
The Killing • AMC • Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • NBC • Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
Mad Men • AMC • Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Glee • FOX • Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel
Modern Family • ABC • Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC • Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett
Modern Family • ABC • Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker
Modern Family • ABC • Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy
Two And A Half Men • CBS • Jon Cryer as Alan Harper

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
The Good Wife • CBS • Josh Charles as Will Gardner
The Good Wife • CBS • Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
Justified • FX Networks • Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder
Mad Men • AMC • John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Men Of A Certain Age • TNT • Andre Braugher as Owen

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee • FOX • Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester
Hot In Cleveland • TV Land • Betty White as Elka Ostrovsky
Modern Family • ABC • Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy
Modern Family • ABC • Sofia Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
Saturday Night Live • NBC • Kristen Wiig as Various characters
30 Rock • NBC • Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO • Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder
The Good Wife • CBS • Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
The Good Wife • CBS • Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
Justified • FX Networks • Margo Martindale as Mags Bennett
The Killing • AMC • Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen
Mad Men • AMC • Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
The Big C • Idris Elba as Lenny
Modern Family • ABC • Nathan Lane as Pepper Saltzman
Saturday Night Live • NBC • Zach Galifianakis, Host
Saturday Night Live • NBC • Justin Timberlake, Host
30 Rock • NBC • Matt Damon as Carol
30 Rock • NBC • Will Arnett as Devin Banks

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Big Love • HBO • Bruce Dern as Frank Harlow
Brothers & Sisters • ABC Beau Bridges as Nick Brody
The Good Wife • CBS • Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning
Harry's Law • NBC • Paul McCrane as Josh Peyton
Justified • FX Networks • Jeremy Davies as Dickie Bennett
Mad Men • AMC • Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Glee • FOX • Kristin Chenoweth as April Rhodes
Glee • FOX • Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste
Glee • FOX • Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holliday
Raising Hope • FOX • Cloris Leachman as Maw Maw
Saturday Night Live • NBC • Tina Fey, Host
30 Rock • NBC • Elizabeth Banks as Avery

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
The Closer • TNT • Mary McDonnell as Capt. Sharon Raydor
Dexter • Showtime • Julia Stiles as Lumen Pierce
Grey's Anatomy • ABC • Loretta Devine as Adele Webber
Mad Men • AMC • Randee Heller as Miss Blankenship
Mad Men • AMC • Cara Buono as Faye Miller
Shameless • Showtime • Joan Cusack as Sheila Jackson
True Blood • HBO • Alfre Woodard as Ruby Jean Reynolds

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Glee • FOX
Modern Family • ABC
The Office • NBC
Parks And Recreation • NBC
30 Rock • NBC

Outstanding Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire • HBO
Dexter • Showtime
Friday Night Lights • DirecTV
Game Of Thrones • HBO
The Good Wife • CBS
Mad Men • AMC

Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report • Comedy Central
Conan • TBS
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon • NBC
Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO
Saturday Night Live • NBC

Outstanding Reality Program
Antiques Roadshow • PBS
Deadliest Catch • Discovery Channel
Hoarders • A&E
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List • Bravo
MythBusters • Discovery Channel
Undercover Boss • CBS

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race • CBS
American Idol • FOX
Dancing With The Stars • ABC
Project Runway • Lifetime
So You Think You Can Dance • FOX
Top Chef • Bravo • Magical Elves

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