Emmy season is here! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Braugher won his first Emmy 16 years ago for playing Homicide: Life on the Street's Det. Frank Pembleton and ought to pick up another for a very different man of the badge. As the no-nonsense, openly gay Capt. Holt, Braugher turned a typical straight man (no pun intended) part into first-rate stone-faced deadpan. A seven-time nominee (including for the short-livedGideon's Crossing and Men of a Certain Age) and two-time winner, he shouldn't have too much trouble at least receiving a nod.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
We know, we know. The ModFam guys are so yesterday (except in the academy's eyes) and will likely dominate the category once again, but if only one of them could get in, we'd tip Ferguson. Mitch and Cam's season-long wedding story line (watch the wedding here) provided material galore and Ferguson rose to the occasion — most notably in "Message Received," when Mitch and Jay came to blows over the latter's doubts about the wedding. Besides, with Eric Stonestreet owning two Emmys and Ty Burrell with one, we'd like to see JTF get his due.
Tony Hale, Veep
Hale ended Modern Family's three-year reign in the category and there's no reason he can't go back-to-back with his increasingly groveling and hilarious bag man. Just watch Gary's pathetic anxiety over his sore shoulder and try not to laugh — and experience sympathy pain.