James Van Der Beek
Emmy season is upon us! 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 Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a comedy series
Donald Glover, Community
Wild but sweet, sophomoric yet sensible, and just a straight-out laugh riot, Troy is one of the most well-rounded characters out there — all due to Glover's endless range and the fervor with which he plays the former jock. We know it's blasphemous to single him out without his equally hilarious partner-in-crime Danny Pudi, but a nod for either of them would be cool, cool, cool.
Max Greenfield, New Girl
In far less capable hands, Schmidt, so douchey and arrogant, would've been nothing more than a gimmick that would've grown old very fast. Instead, Greenfield has managed to turn Schmidt into a lovable and oddly sympathetic multidimensional character of whom we can't get enough. Maybe he can butter up voters by offering some free spin classes?
Simon Helberg, The Big Bang Theory
Voters have slowly but surely jumped on the Big Bang bandwagon with the rest of America the past few years, so it's high time for a supporting player to reap a nod. Helberg's Wolowitz has come a long way from the the sleazy lothario of yesteryear. Between his adorably endearing relationship with Bernadette and realizing his lifelong pursuit of rocketing into space, Wolowitz has arguably become the heart of the show.
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Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
Let's cut to the chase: This one needs to happen. Eternally ignored (OK, it's only been three years), Offerman's surly, deadpan Ron Swanson just gets better with age and continues to surprise with new shades to the already loaded character. Exhibit A: Tammy 1 reducing the alpha male into a mustache-less "neutered wimp," as Leslie puts it. Offerman is co-announcing the Emmy nominations, which may be a good omen as most announcers turn out to be eventual nominees.
James Van Der Beek, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
The Emmys have been kind, nomination-wise at least, to actors who've played versions of themselves (see: Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; Louis C.K., Louie), and Van Der Beek is very much worthy of joining that group. His no-limits self-parody has birthed a ridiculous, self-absorbed, fame-hungry (beyond Dawson's Creek at least) has-been that has us laughing until we're crying like Sad Dawson. Plus: You can't deny that The Beek has gotten very good at playing The Beek.
Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings
We could go on and on about Wayans' madcap brilliance (he is definitely his father's son), his fun-loving twist on the stereotypical metrosexual and his kooky, off-the-charts chemistry with Eliza Coupe, but we'll just leave you with Brad's delightfully intoxicating (no pun intended) visit to the dentist. That, of course, paved way for the best drool-acting we've ever seen. If that's not Emmy-worthy, we don't know what is.
Who would you like to see nominated?