Emmy season is underway! For the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 19. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actress in a comedy series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
For those of you who are tired of Baldwin being a mainstay in this race year after year, watch this season's live episode and tell us that he is not worthy of at least a nomination. No, it wasn't the scrupulous Jack Donaghy we adore (not all of it anyway), but the two-time champ put on a comic display for the ages (twice!) in the inspired ode to the thrill of live TV.
Louis C.K., Louie
The standup comedian does a lot of things on the FX series (creator, star, writer, director, producer, editor), but his acting cannot be overlooked. Sure, he's playing a fictionalized version of himself, but his complicated, irreverent and bleakly hilarious performance is what carries the one-man show. C.K. somewhat surprisingly made the cut last year and we sure hope he's there to stay.
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
After an interminable hiatus, David returned better than ever. Season 8's relocation to New York reinvigorated the series and gave the curmudgeonly one ample opportunity to grumble about new mundane things, not to mention get into it with Rosie O'Donnell and Michael J. Fox. Only David could accuse Fox of using Parkinson's disease to excuse his bullying ways and have us doubled over with laughter.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actor in a comedy series
Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope
Dillahunt's movin' on up to lead after submitting himself (and failing to get a nod) in supporting last year. It'll be tough to break into this race, but Dillahunt's silly-but-sweet Burt, his ridiculous physical comedy skills and his bubbly chemistry with Martha Plimpton are proof that he deserves to be in the running.
Ed Helms, The Office
Andy replaced Michael at Dunder Mifflin, so could Helms take Steve Carell's spot on the Emmy ballot? It's a bit of a longshot, but Helms, who had the most unenviable task of succeeding Carell, tackled it head-on and gave us a mature, competent (he did go to Cornell — ever heard of it?) Andy who so earnestly tried to navigate the office politics. The Office's season was uneven; Helms was not.
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon's story lines took a bit of a backseat this season to Leonard and Penny's rekindled romance, and Howard and Bernadette's wedding dilemma. But let's be real: Sheldon is second to no one, especially with Parsons behind his scene-stealing, nerdy misadventures. Parsons is the two-time defending champ and at this point, a three-peat is not out of the question.
Who do you want to see nominated?