Saturday, June 25, 2016

Emmy Predictions 2016 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series?

From June 13 to June 27, voting is taking place for The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.

2015 Nominees:
        Mel Brooks for FX's The Comedians
        Louis C.K. for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Paul Giamatti for Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer
        Bill Hader for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Jon Hamm for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
        Bradley Whitford for Amazon's Transparent (WINNER)

Bradley Whitford won in this category last year and is the only nominee to be eligible again for the same show. However, he was playing a new role on Transparent this season that wasn't as noteworthy as his first season role. He was still fine and could be nominated again. But it does seem like other contenders have greater odds. Additionally, Bob Newhart and Steve Buscemi were nominated previously for their roles on The Big Bang Theory and Portlandia. They return to the field and should be possibilities as well. And then, there are the male hosts from Saturday Night Live. Larry David seems like the clear frontrunner while Tracy Morgan and Fred Armisen have some strong shots as well. And then, there are some amusing possibilities that could get nominations as well - including a couple of people from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jon Cryer for The Ranch, Louis C.K. for Portlandia, Shoukath Ansari for Master of None, and a few more. Emmy favorites will likely dominate in this category but there are a couple of actors who could surprise as well for some really deserving work.

So now, here's my thoughts on the actors most likely to be nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
  1. Larry David for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Bob Newhart for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  3. Tracy Morgan for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  4. Fred Armisen for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  5. Steve Buscemi for IFC's Portlandia
  6. David Cross for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Jon Cryer for Netflix's The Ranch
  2. Bradley Whitford for Amazon's Transparent
  3. Mike Carlsen, Jeff Goldblum, Fred Armisen and Ki Hong Lee for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  4. Louis C.K. and Kyle MacLachlan for IFC's Portlandia
  5. Shoukah Ansari, Noah Emmerich and Ravi Patel for Netflix's Master of None
  6. Deon Cole for ABC's black-ish
  7. Liam Neeson for Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer
  8. Peter MacNicol and Martin Mull for HBO's Veep
  9. Dennis Haysbert, Damon Wayans Jr. and Jason Mantzoukas for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  10. William Fichtner for CBS' Mom
  11. Keith Carradine, Judd Hirsch, Adam West, Michael Rapaport and Stephen Merchant for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  12. David Hyde Pierce and Michael Cera for Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Bill Murray and James Franco for TBS' Angie Tribeca
  2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Adam Pally for Hulu's The Mindy Project
  3. Sam Elliott, Ernie Hudson and Paul Scheer for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  4. Seth Green for Comedy Central's Broad City
  5. Dermot Mulroney and Wallace Shawn for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle
  6. Peter Scolari, Corey Stoll, Christopher Abbott and Guillermo Diaz for HBO's Girls
  7. Josh Charles, Joshua Jackson, Ice T and Evan Jonigkeit for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  8. Noel Fisher for Showtime's Shameless
  9. Justin Kirk for FXX's You're the Worst
  10. Fred Melamed for Hulu's Casual
  11. Drake, Ryan Gosling and Chris Hemsworth for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  12. Dan Bucatinsky for NBC's Superstore
  13. Rob Huebel and Richard Masur for Amazon's Transparent
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Patton Oswalt for Netflix's Lady Dynamite 
  2. Jack Black and John Slattery for IFC's Documentary Now!
  3. Ben Stiller for Comedy Central's Another Period
  4. Adam Rodriguez for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  5. Matthew Morrison and David Wain for TV Land's Younger
  6. Adrien Brody for Showtime's Dice
  7. Ewan McGregor for HBO's Doll & Em
  8. Jason Schwartzman for Starz's Blunt Talk
  9. Dr. Phil McGraw for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  10. LeBron James for Starz's Survivor's Remorse

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!