Emmy season is upon us! For the next two weeks, voters will be filling out their nomination ballots before the big announcement on July 16. We have a few selections in mind ourselves. Up next: our wish list for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Can we just dub Braugher the King of Deadpan? Every single one of his withering line readings and deliveries are pitch perfect, which is not surprising. Also not surprising: Making us laugh and cry when Captain Holt, forced to step down because of Wunch, movingly bid goodbye to the precinct the only way he can.
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
There are scene-stealers and then there is Tituss Burgess. Burgess is a total riot as Titus, and Kimmy Schmidt wouldn't be half as funny without him. A lot of Titus' laughs are built into his drama queen antics and quest to ensure that he's "Gonna Be Famous," and the actor nails all of them while fleshing out one of the most fun, loyal and lovable characters we've seen in years who, too, is unbreakable. Plus, two words: "Peeno Noir."
Jaime Camil, Jane the Virgin
Rogelio is ridiculous. It's a testament to Camil's talents and the joy with which he plays the telenovela star and absentee father that Rogelio never veers into grating cartoon territory, but charms as a genuine — and yes, hilariously vain — human being. Besides, he already has the greatest FYC ad of all time.
Tony Hale, Veep
Last year, Hale's Emmy tape was all about belly laughs. This year, it's about fireworks. Like Anna Chlumsky, the 2013 champ knocked it out of the park in an incredible showcase in which he lost it on Selina. After years of being her pushover bag man and being called "unimportant," Gary unloaded one helluva of a missive on POTUS that was equal parts anger, hysteria — "I'm your calendar. I'm your Google. I'm your Wilson the volleyball" — and ultimately, relief by the end.
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley
We're not gonna lie: We want Miller to get in so he has a shot at getting on stage since he set the bar very high with his Critics' Choice Awards speech. Miller brings that same balls-to-the-wall commitment to Erlich's unapologetic, boorish hustling. We don't necessarily wanna work with Erlich, but we always wanna watch.
Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
The only thing worse than Amy Poehler never having won an Emmy at all is the fact that Offerman has never even been nominated for bringing Ron Swanson into our lives. The Emmys have never been into Parks and Rec, so that probably won't change this year, but Offerman deserves some kudos — especially for his poignant two-hander with Poehler in "Leslie & Ron," a perfect love letter to their relationship.
Who would you nominate?