Tuesday, August 9, 2016

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is the seventh category of the 10th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2015-2016 season. 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: Jaime Camil, Ethan Embry, James Nesbitt, Nick Offerman, Sam Richardson

Emmy nominees: Louie Anderson, Andre Braugher, Tituss Burgess, Ty Burrell, Tony Hale, Keegan Michael-Key, Matt Walsh

Semi-finalists: Adam Driver (Girls), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), Brett Dier (Jane the Virgin), Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces), Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces), David Anders (iZombie), Desmin Borges (You're the Worst), Ed O'Neill (Modern Family), Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie), Gary Cole (Veep), Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin), Jay Duplass (Transparent), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), John Ales (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), Jonathan Silverman (Significant Mother), Josh Brener (Silicon Valley), Justin Baldoni (Jane the Virgin), Kevin Dunn (Veep), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Matt Walsh (Veep), Pablo Schreiber (The Brink), Paul Reiser (Married), Rahul Kohli (iZombie), Reid Scott (Veep), Robert Kelly (Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll), Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces), Tony Hale (Veep), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), William Devane (The Grinder), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley)

Finalists: Steve Zissis (Togetherness) never let his increasing success affect him, and seeing him support all of his friends as they struggled to find their footing was sweet and endearing. Josh Peck (Grandfathered) was energetic and awkward as a young man trying to figure out how to be both a dad and a son, and it was hard not to love him. Timothy Simons (Veep) soared to new heights as he also achieved new lows, and playing TV’s biggest loser so fantastically is no easy feat. Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) tried not to change but couldn’t help himself, and watching that happen was a typically preposterous delight. Alex Karpovsky (Girls) was, as usual, always thinking about other people rather than himself, and his latest actions and connections were among the most interesting yet.

The nominees:

Liam Carroll (The Detour) demonstrated superb comedic timing playing the most dimwitted member of his TV family. Vinnie Jones (Galavant) and Timothy Omundson (Galavant) were both formidable standouts of their silly show that is sadly no more, fully aware of when to ham it up and when to be serious. Sam Richardson (Veep) continued to be his show’s most blissfully unaware character, firmly committed to his mission even though he has no idea what it is.

The winner:

Nathaniel Buzolic (Significant Mother) played a character defined by his stupidity, yet his lust for life and inability to process his own lack of intelligence made him one of the most entertaining and enjoyable characters on television. Too bad this show seems to have faded into oblivion.

Next up: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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