Friday, October 10, 2014

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the seventh category of the 8th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2013-2014 seasons. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Ty Burrell, Tony Hale, Nick Offerman, Timm Sharp, Mike White

Emmy nominees: Fred Armisen, Andre Braugher, Ty Burrell, Adam Driver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale

Semi-finalists: Adam Driver (Girls), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Jason Gann (Wilfred)

Finalists: Timothy Simons (Veep), Reid Scott (Veep), Tony Hale (Veep), and Matt Walsh (Veep) were are vital, hilarious parts of a whole, contributing incessant sleaziness, excessive determination, undying loyalty, and self-deprecating sarcasm, respectively. Ty Burrell (Modern Family) was the standout of an ensemble that’s not quite as great as it used to be.

The nominees:

Kevin Dunn (Veep) and Gary Cole (Veep), the newer additions to an already talented ensemble, demonstrated how experience and self-hatred go hand-in-hand to create a functional, funny character. Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Nick Oferman (Parks and Recreation) kept their characters relevant six seasons in as they explored new arenas like functional entrepreneurship and fatherhood.

The winner:

The late Christopher Evan Welch (Silicon Valley) was so immensely fascinating and in his own world as the unique Peter Gregory, a character I so wish had been around for more than just a few episodes.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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