Friday, June 23, 2017

Emmy Predictions 2017: Who Will Likely Get Nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series?

From June 12 to June 26, voting is taking place for The 69th 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.

2016 Nominees:
        Larry David for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Tracy Morgan for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Martin Mull for HBO's Veep
        Bob Newhart for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
        Peter Scolari for HBO's Girls (WINNER)
        Bradley Whitford for Amazon's Transparent

Last year Peter MacNicol was nominated in this category for his work on Veep. But then, he was deemed ineligible after appearing in too many episodes of the season. As such, he was replaced by Peter Scolari from Girls who later went on to win the prize. This year it could be a rematch between those two great actors. Both are eligible in this field and have strong odds of getting nominated. There is a version of this race where it's only actors from Saturday Night Live, Veep and Girls. I could very easily see that happening because they have some known performers at the Emmys. A surprise would be great but I'm not entirely sure where it would ultimately come from.

So now, here's my thoughts on the performers must likely to be nominated for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
  1. Peter MacNicol for HBO's Veep
  2. Hugh Laurie for HBO's Veep
  3. Tom Hanks for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  4. Dave Chappelle for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  5. Peter Scolari for HBO's Girls
  6. Jon Hamm for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Aziz Ansari, Jimmy Fallon, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dwayne Johnson and Chris Pine for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Matthew Rhys and Riz Ahmed for HBO's Girls
  3. Stephen Fry and Usman Ally for HBO's Veep
  4. Ray Liotta, Daveed Diggs, Josh Charles, Peter Riegert and Michael Carlsen for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  5. Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Fillion and Fred Willard for ABC's Modern Family
  6. Steve Buscemi, Kyle MacLachlan and Kumail Nanjiani for IFC's Portlandia
  7. Bradley Whitford for CBS' Mom
  8. Daveed Diggs for ABC's black-ish
  9. Keith Carradine and Judd Hirsch for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  10. Haley Joel Osment for HBO's Silicon Valley
  11. Shoukath Ansari and Cedric the Entertainer for Netflix's Master of None
  12. Richard Masur for Amazon's Transparent
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Santino Fontana and Scott Michael Foster for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  2. Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Wallace Shawn and Jason Schwartzman for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle
  3. Ernie Hudson, Peter Gallagher and Ed Begley Jr. for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  4. Jimmy Smits, Craig Robinson, Nathan Fillion, Ken Marino and Jason Mantzoukas for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  5. Bradley Whitford and Lenny Kravitz for FX's Better Things
  6. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Nathan Lane, John Mulaney and Fred Armisen for Hulu's Difficult People
  7. Peter Bogdanovich and Peter Fonda for IFC's Documentary Now!
  8. Noel Fisher for Showtime's Shameless
  9. Don Johnson and Aasif Mandvi for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  10. Alex Morris for FX's Baskets
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Lee Majors for Starz's Ash vs. Evil Dead
  2. Chris Pine and Rob Riggle for TBS' Angie Tribeca
  3. Ray Romano for CBS' Kevin Can Wait
  4. Mike Epps for Starz's Survivor's Remorse
  5. Jason Sudeikis and Keegan-Michael Key for Comedy Central's Detroiters
  6. James Martinez for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  7. Domhnall Gleeson for Amazon's Catastrophe
  8. Barry Corbin for Netflix's The Ranch
  9. T.J. Miller for HBO's Crashing

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