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 18. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Like Tina Fey, Baldwin deserves one last parting gift for, well, the gift of Jack Donaghy. The two-time champ has always made us laugh with Jack's corporate hijinks, but it's his glorious, albeit brief, search for bliss and his heartfelt goodbye speech to Liz in the series finale that made us wish we had a friend like him.
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Sure, Michael turned into a pitiful schmuck in Season 4, but that was more a consequence of the structure of the season than anything. As the only person to appear in all 15 episodes, Bateman had the tough task of carrying the emotional through-line from beginning to end, which he handled with aplomb.
Louis C.K., Louie
The comedian seems destined to win writing Emmys (which he did last year), but it'd be a shame if C.K. were to go unrewarded for bringing his fictionalized sad sack self to life. And it's not all dark tragicomedy on the show — Louie's relationship with Liz awoke a warm side of him of which we definitely want to see more.
Jake Johnson, New Girl
If Max Greenfield stole the show in Season 1, then Johnson snatched it from his grasp and shoved him offstage in Season 2. Submitting in the lead category for the first time, Johnson rose to the strong material given to him, elevating Nick from a surly old soul to a sensitive, kooky leading man. Of course, finally getting together with Jess doesn't hurt.
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
LeBlanc, who sat out last year because of ineligibility, is a riot with his cheeky self-sendup that keeps us guessing as to just how much is pulled from his real life. The four-time nominee, however, is hurt by the fact that Episodes aired nearly a year ago — before last year's Emmy nods even came out.
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
The two-time winner always delivers, but his nerdy exploits are only the second best thing Parsons done this year. Just cue up "The Love Spell Potential," aka the Dungeons & Dragons episode, to see the delicate shades Parsons gave Sheldon as he gently and ever-so-slowly took the tiniest baby steps in his relationship with Amy in the most Sheldon way possible.
Who do you hope is nominated?