Monday, June 19, 2017

Emmy Predictions 2017: Who Will Likely Get Nominated for Supporting 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

2016 Nominees:
        Louie Anderson for FX's Baskets (WINNER)
        Andre Braugher for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
        Tituss Burgess for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
        Ty Burrell for ABC's Modern Family
        Tony Hale for HBO's Veep
        Keegan-Michael Key for Comedy Central's Key & Peele
        Matt Walsh for HBO's Veep

Last year this category had seven nominees. Key won't be returning but the other six are. They could all repeat nominations. And yet, that seems incredibly unlikely because of one person: Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live. He seems like a lock to get nominated and perhaps even win for his work playing Donald Trump on the late-night sketch series. There are a few perennial nominees he could knock off this list. But will that be it for turnover this year? There are a number of great new comedies with great supporting performances. Do they have a chance to sneak in? Or is this group of nominees just too strong?

So now, here's my thoughts on the performers must likely to be nominated for Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
  1. Alec Baldwin for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Tony Hale for HBO's Veep
  3. Louie Anderson for FX's Baskets
  4. Brian Tyree Henry for FX's Atlanta
  5. Tituss Burgess for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  6. Andre Braugher for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Sam Richardson, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn and Reid Scott for HBO's Veep
  2. Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ed O'Neill for ABC's Modern Family
  3. T.J. Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Zach Woods, Martin Starr, Matt Ross and Josh Brener for HBO's Silicon Valley
  4. Adam Driver, Andrew Rannells and Alex Karpovsky for HBO's Girls
  5. Laurence Fishburne and Deon Cole for ABC's black-ish
  6. Jay Duplass for Amazon's Transparent
  7. Lakeith Stanfield for FX's Atlanta
  8. Bobby Cannavale and Eric Wareheim for Netflix's Master of None
  9. Griffin Dunne for Amazon's I Love Dick
  10. Jay Ellis for HBO's Insecure
  11. John Rothman and Noah Harpster for Amazon's One Mississippi
  12. Fred Armisen for IFC's Documentary Now!
  13. William Jackson Harper and Manny Jacinto for NBC's The Good Place
  14. Jaime Camil and Brett Dier for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  15. John Lithgow and Steven Boyer for NBC's Trial & Error
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Bobby Moynihan, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, Kyle Mooney, Michael Che, Colin Jost, Mikey Day and Pete Davidson for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  3. Sam Elliott and Danny Masterson for Netflix's The Ranch
  4. Desmin Borges for FXX's You're the Worst
  5. Pete Gardner and Vincent Rodriguez III for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  6. Stephen Tobolowsky, Todd Grinnell and Marcel Ruiz for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  7. Terry Crews and Joe Lo Truglio for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  8. Patrick Warburton, Louis Hynes, Will Arnett and K. Todd Freeman for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  9. Brandon Bell, DeRon Horton, Marque Richardson and John Patrick Amedori for Netflix's Dear White People
  10. Tracy Letts for HBO's Divorce
  11. Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris for FOX's New Girl
  12. Micah Fowler and Mason Cook for ABC's Speechless
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Cameron Monaghan and Jeremy Allen White for Showtime's Shameless
  2. Malcolm McDowell for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle
  3. Nyasha Hatendi for Hulu's Casual
  4. Tyrel Jackson Williams for IFC's Brockmire
  5. Walton Goggins for HBO's Vice Principals
  6. Chris Bauer and Robert Wu for Starz's Survivor's Remorse
  7. Jere Burns, Hayes MacArthur and Deon Cole for TBS' Angie Tribeca
  8. Elijah Woods for BBC America's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
  9. RuPaul Charles for Netflix's Girlboss

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