Dream Emmy Ballot part 1: Best Supporting Actor and Actress (comedy)

Dreamemmynom_lAttention Emmy voters: The process of choosing this year’s nominations begins next week, and you have better things to do than try to catch up on 600 hours of TV. Well, maybe not you, Jim Belushi. But the rest of you. And that’s where I come in. Once again, I’ve singled out who (and what) I think is most deserving of kudos so you don’t have to. It was extra complicated this year, since the rules allow for six nominees, up from five, in each category. But I persevered. As a result, starting today and continuing until Friday, I’ll be rolling out my picks for all the major categories. Copy my choices below onto your ballots, and we’ll all be the better for it when the nominations are announced on July 16. Trust me. First up: Supporting actor and actress in a comedy…

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)
* Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted): Because I didn’t think any actress could ever even begin to fill the void left by Lauren Graham.
* Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies): The tube is full of actresses who
are cute and perky. But can you name another who is cute, perky and not
* Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?): Raise a glass to the funniest TV boozehound since AbFab. And then leave the bottle.
* Jane Krakowski (30 Rock): She killed when her character attempted to
commit murder all in the name of getting a date with a hot EMT. And
that was just the beginning.
* Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother): She could be the most underrated comic actress
working today. And by “could,” I mean “is.” (And please take out the
* Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty): Her one-liners may’ve lacked a little
bite, but damn if she didn’t still bark ‘em like nobody’s business.

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)
* Adam Baldwin (Chuck): He takes his spy work so seriously you can’t help
but laugh. (I mean, it’s not like he’s digging for scoop!)
* Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother): His mad crush on Robin
turned the one-time cad into a fully-formed human being. Okay, it turned
him into a cad with a heart. That’s still progress.
* Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies): Rude and crude and… wait, cuddly? Yes, cuddly. Emmy him. Now.
* Tracy Morgan (30 Rock): If you’ve gotta be smart to play dumb, he’s a genius. Like, Big Bang Theory genius.
* Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother): For once, can’t the nice guy finish first?
* Michael Urie (Ugly Betty): Marc finally got (and lost) a man,
and Urie got his best material ever, rising to it week after week.

Agree/disagree with my picks? Consider the comments section below your own personal Dream Emmy Ballot.

Coming up tomorrow: Supporting actor and actress in a drama.

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  • Potch

    I would have liked to see Tyler Labine aka Sock from Reaper up there. Him or the devil.

  • ghuggg

    You nailed it Aus.

  • slizabeth

    I personally believe that Rob Lowe of Brothers and Sisters deserves some love this year! He did a great job this year!
    Oh- and Kevin McKidd deserves some MAJOR recognition. He is a superb actor!

  • tess

    Aw no Jean Smart :( I do love Jennifer though but ideally both she and Jean would be on there.


    Best Supporting Actress (Comedy) : Jennifer Esposito from ABC, Samantha Who?
    Best Supporting Actor (Comedy): Michael Urie from ABC, Ugly Betty

  • Michael H.

    Becki Newton (UGLY BETTY) and Jack McBrayer (30 ROCK)!

  • S

    How about Jim Parsons for Big Bang Theory?

  • JImmy

    Its a shame that Terry Crews will never get his due love for Everybody Hates Chris. Julius was hilarious!

  • Nathaniel

    The only glaring omission is Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory.

  • Mike

    I love the HIMYM, Pushing Daises, 30 Rock, and Chuck love. NPH is due to win this year…seriously. He should have won the past two years.
    While you don’t have any Office nominations here, I think Rainn Wilson will get a nom again this year. His character evolved a lot this year, and was far more multi-dimensional that Dwight has ever been in the past. Jenna Fischer is deserving as well. She had a great year toward the end, with her character moving into a stronger role as salesman.

  • lauar

    Sheldon from BBT!! He’s the SHOW!! Seriously… :)

  • Sadie

    Man, I wish their could be seven nominees, because Jim Parsons deserves a spot as well. I agree with the rest of your picks. HIMYM is highly underrated, especially the appeal of Jason Segal.

  • erin

    i completely agree with jason segel – marshall erikson has to be the best character on tv right now. and while i love barney – nph gets all the kudos, and segel should be right up there, too!

  • Gimplygump ☺

    My vote:
    Kristin Chenoweth
    Male: (tie)
    Neil Patrick Harris
    Adam Baldwin

  • Lorie Glowania

    Jim Parsons NEEDS TO BE HERE. The best and gifted actor in a comedy.

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