Emmy season is in progress! Over the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 14. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy:
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actress in a comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Baldwin has been, is and always will be the best part of 30 Rock. Even when the material underwhelms — as it often did this year with Jack's marriage and baby story lines — Baldwin, a two-time winner, elevates it to a new level. His best stuff still comes from making hay out of NBC's real-life corporate entanglements, but our favorite Jack moment this season was his epic meta monologue to Tracy about television: "You want [your career] to hit rock bottom again? Go on network television." Jack Donaghy mocking Alec Baldwin's career = genius.
Louis C.K., Louie
A man of many hats, the comedian also writes, directs, produces and edits the fictionalized series based on his life, but, incredibly, his acting doesn't suffer for it. Thanks to the show's loose format, C.K. can toggle between irreverent, politically incorrect comic and hapless sad sack/divorced dad whose misfortunes are irresistibly depressing and entertaining.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actor in a comedy
Steve Carell, The Office
A five-time nominee, Carell has yet to win for his career-making role, and it would be a shame to see him go unanointed for bringing so much humanity and sympathy to a seemingly one-dimensional doofus. He certainly has his pick of Emmy tapes this year, between his perfect proposal to Holly (an episode which Carell also directed) and his sweet, callback-heavy final hour.
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
How you doin'? In one of the better TV comebacks in recent years, LeBlanc, who was nominated three times for Friends, audaciously satirized himself (and the biz) as a self-absorbed and well-endowed sleazebag. He was biting, riotous and, most importantly, made us forget about Joey for a hot second. At the very least, let's give him credit for being a good sport.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a comedy
Danny McBride, Eastbound & Down
McBride may be the darkest of dark horses in this race. His racy and offensive washed-up antihero Kenny Powers isn't the sort of character who traditionally jibes well with Emmy voters. But once you get past the unruly exterior, McBride's complicated and bleakly hilarious performance makes Kenny a villain you want to root for.
Joel McHale, Community
With Greendale's overflowing group of outrageous characters, Jeff, so frequently the straight man, could have been swallowed up in their antics. McHale, however, never lets that happen, seamlessly alternating between snark god, leading man and class clown as Jeff slowly grows up before our eyes. McHale was cruelly snubbed last year while announcing the nominees (adding insult to injury, his co-announcer Sofia Vergara was nominated), so a nod this year would be sweet justice.
Who would you like to see nominated?