Wednesday, June 1, 2011

2011 Emmy Dream Ballot: Comedy Edition...

Emmy Week in Los Angeles has officially started. Tonight the L.A. Times begins its free screening and Q&A series with stars from shows like Shameless, Mad Men and Justified, bringing strong storytelling to the public and Academy members alike. For Your Consideration Emmy mailers have been floating around for the past few days, with special posters and advertisements to follow in a strong trade push. Naturally, this has just gotten Made Possible by Pop Culture thinking about who we'd want to see vying for the top prizes. Here are our nominees in the comedy television categories (because that's where our major priorities have lied the longest (with drama to follow):

Supporting Actress

Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Alison Brie, Community
Yvette Nicole Brown, Community
Christa Miller, Cougar Town
Anna Deavere Smith, Nurse Jackie
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Disclaimer: By putting so many women, as fabulous as they all are!, from the same show in the same category, opposite each other, they will most likely split the vote. But that is kind of a shame because they're all more than worthy. If they never win an Emmy each, I hope they will at least collect ample SAG Awards for Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy!

Supporting Actor

Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
Donald Glover, Community
Joshua Gomez, Chuck
Adam Pally, Happy Endings
Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation

Disclaimer: Do not yell at me for not including Chris Colfer. His best stuff on glee is of the dramatic variety and therefore it is not fair to compare him to the rest of these comedians.

Lead Actress

Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Tamsin Greig, Episodes
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Disclaimer: I know I will get flack for how much I go on and on about Laura Linney and The Big C and Toni Collette and United States of Tara and then not include those two deserving ladies here, but their shows are such a mix of comedy and drama, and Linney especially makes me cry more than laugh, that I feel it is unfair to limit them. I really believe more of a hybrid category needs to be created for quality shows like this, and Chuck, in which Yvonne Strahovski is an expert straight woman.

Lead Actor

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Zachary Levi, Chuck
Joel McHale, Community
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family

Disclaimer: I would also accept Matthew Perry for Mr. Sunshine because even though the show got canceled, he was very good and deserves praise for it. I feel like Carell is a lock, and I've just accepted it since it was his last year, but in truth he was very strong in the episodes with Holly, even if his final one left a little something to be desired.

Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Community (NBC)
Cougar Town (ABC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Disclaimer: I have no problem showing my biases. It is my right.

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