Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Emmy Predictions 2019 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series?

From June 10 to June 24, 2019, voting is taking place for The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. As such, it's fun to look at which actors and shows have the best chances of actually being nominated this year. So, here is how I see the race for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

2018 Nominees:
        Anthony Anderson for ABC's Black-ish
        Ted Danson for NBC's The Good Place
        Larry David for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
        Donald Glover for FX's Atlanta
        Bill Hader for HBO's Barry (WINNER)
        William H. Macy for Showtime's Shameless

This category has been very good for the leading men of comedies on Showtime. Matt LeBlanc earned numerous nominations for Episodes. Don Cheadle picked up several notices for House of Lies. William H. Macy has been recognized for Shameless for the past five years. Of course, it should also be noted that Showtime has never actually won in this category. It has just shown the ability to garner several nominations. It could very easily do so this year as well. Cheadle has a new show - Black Monday - which could break out in several fields, with his nomination being the easiest to predict. Jim Carrey returned to television for Kidding, a critical hit last fall. Even Sacha Baron Cohen could parlay his satirization of real-life politics on Who Is America? into a nomination just like he managed at the Golden Globes. Plus, Macy should still be seen as a major contender - though he may be more vulnerable this year due to the massive college admissions scandal. This has been a fascinating narrative that has developed over the last few years. And yet, the most exciting prospects (and probable winner) come from outlets like Netflix and HBO. Even broadcast could manage to get multiple nominees in this category.

So now, here are the actors most likely to be nominated:
  1. Bill Hader for HBO's Barry
  2. Michael Douglas for Netflix's The Kominsky Method
  3. Don Cheadle for Showtime's Black Monday
  4. Jim Carrey for Showtime's Kidding
  5. Ted Danson for NBC's The Good Place
  6. Anthony Anderson for ABC's Black-ish
Next are some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Sacha Baron Cohen for Showtime's Who Is America?
  2. William H. Macy for Showtime's Shameless
  3. John Goodman for ABC's The Conners
  4. Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  5. Ramy Youssef for Hulu's Ramy
  6. Ricky Gervais for Netflix's After Life
  7. Fred Armisen for Amazon's Forever
  8. Eric McCormack for NBC's Will & Grace
  9. Drew Tarver for Comedy Central's The Other Two
  10. Eugene Levy for Pop's Schitt's Creek
  11. Tracy Morgan for TBS' The Last O.G.
  12. Matt Berry and Kayvan Novak for FX's What We Do In the Shadows
  13. Hank Azaria for IFC's Brockmire
  14. Rob Delaney for Amazon's Catastrophe
Here are some considerable long-shots:
  1. Idris Elba for Netflix's Turn Up Charlie
  2. Taran Killam for ABC's Single Parents
  3. Keir Gilchrist and Michael Rapaport for Netflix's Atypical
  4. Jason Bateman for Netflix's Arrested Development
  5. Ben Feldman for NBC's Superstore
  6. Tommy Dewey for Hulu's Casual
  7. Timothy Olyphant for Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet
  8. Chris Geere for FXX's You're the Worst
  9. Randall Park for ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
  10. Andy Samberg for NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  11. Dwayne Johnson for HBO's Ballers
  12. Neil Patrick Harris for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  13. Iain Armitage for CBS' Young Sheldon
  14. David Tennant for HBO's Camping
And finally, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Scott Ryan for FX's Mr Inbetween
  2. Christopher Meloni for Syfy's Happy!
  3. Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck and Travis Tope for Netflix's American Vandal
  4. Tom Everett Scott for TruTV's I'm Sorry
  5. Chris O'Dowd for Epix's Get Shorty
  6. Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman for Amazon's The Tick
  7. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka for YouTube Premium's Cobra Kai
  8. Terence Nance for HBO's Random Acts of Flyness
  9. Avan Jogia for Starz's Now Apocalypse
  10. Josh Hutcherson for Hulu's Future Man

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