Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Emmy Fever!

Every year, I always bore my friends with award show predictions. From the Emmys in September to the Oscars in February, approximately 40 percent of my existence revolves around the presentation of these shiny gold statues. With the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards coming up in less than a week, I have decided this year to share some of my predictions* on PopPen.

*Despite the obsessive nature of my relationship with awards shows, please note that my track record with divination is quite poor. I blame Professor Trelawney.


Best comedy series
Modern Family
30 Rock
The Office
The Big Bang Theory
Parks and Recreation

Winner: Modern Family, because it’s both hilarious and populist-hip. Parks and Rec is also hilarious and hip, but it’s too hipster-hip for older voters. Glee was super-hip last year but has been mediocre at best in Season 2. 30 Rock and The Office haven’t been hip since prehistoric times, and Big Bang is too mainstream.

Comedy actor
Steve Carell, The Office
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Louis C.K., Louie
Johnny Galecki, Big Bang Theory

Winner: Steve Carell for his final season as Michael Scott. Although the hipsters are clamoring for Louis C.K. (Alright, I’m going to stop using “hip” and “hipster” now.)

Comedy actress
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Laura Linney, The Big C
Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly

Winner: Probably Laura Linney for being a prestige actress in a Showtime dramedy, but I’d rather see Amy Poehler take this for actual comedic work in Parks and Rec.

Supporting comedy actor
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Chris Colfer, Glee

Winner: Ty Burrell? He’s the funniest of the Modern Family guys and would deserve it most. I’d also be okay with Ed O’Neill, who had some great heartfelt moments in Season 2. As a Gleek, I desperately want Chris Colfer to win this category sometime, but the “Grilled Cheesus” episode he submitted is kind of a downer.

Supporting comedy actress
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Jane Lynch, Glee
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Winner: Jane Lynch, who won last year and hosts this year’s ceremony. She was also the host for the SNL episode Kristen Wiig submitted. Barring a last-minute “We Love Betty White” movement, Jane Lynch looks good to repeat.

(I don’t actually watch a lot of drama on TV, but this is the internet, so I still qualify as an expert)

Best drama series
Boardwalk Empire
Friday Night Lights
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Winner: Mad Men. I’ve just stopped picking against it.

Drama actress
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Mireille Enos, The Killing

Winner: Julianna Marguiles, who should have won last year. Although some people say Elisabeth Moss was great in let’s face it, a super boring show Mad Men.

Drama actor
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Hugh Laurie, House
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Winner: Jon Hamm is really hot though.

Supporting drama actor
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
John Slattery, Mad Men
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Walton Goggins, Justified

Winner: No one really stands out, but I like The Good Wife and I like Josh Charles. So there you go.

Supporting drama actress
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Michelle Forbes, The Killing
Margo Martindale, Justified
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Winner: Well, Archie Panjabi won last year out of nowhere, so this is anyone’s guess. I’ll go with Margo Martindale.


  1. Haha this is amazing. I like how your comedy analysis is so intense but your drama analysis consists of "Jon Hamm is really hot." Go Steve Carell!!

  2. I haven't seen any of the dramas besides The Good Wife. But Jon Hamm was great on 30 Rock and SNL!