Sunday, June 30, 2019

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, July 16th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Anthony Anderson, Ted Danson, Larry David, Donald Glover, Bill Hader, William H. Macy

The competition: Two of last year’s nominees – Larry David and Donald Glover – aren’t in the running this year because their shows didn’t air and will make eventual returns. Of the remaining four, only one is sure to return, and that’s defending champ Bill Hader (Barry). His show is gaining popularity, and so Ted Danson (The Good Place) will hopefully be back, though it’s hardly a guarantee. Anthony Anderson (Black-ish) and William H. Macy (Shameless) have become default nominees by this point, but they could just as easily be left off the list. Golden Globe winner Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) is a safe bet, and fellow Globe nominee Jim Carrey (Kidding) has a good shot. I don’t think the same is true for Globe honoree Sacha Baron Cohen (Who is America), but anything is possible. Past nominees like Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), and Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) could show up given the recent return or departure of their shows. Past winner Ricky Gervais (After Life) and past nominee Don Cheadle (Black Monday) may find themselves nominated for new shows that are likely not to receive attention in other categories. Though his show isn’t new, Hank Azaria (Brockmire) could make the cut, and I’m rooting for a fantastic inclusion in the form of Ramy Youssef (Ramy).

The predicted nominees: Anderson, Carrey, Cheadle, Douglas, Hader, Macy

The predicted winner: I don’t see this going to anyone but Douglas.

Next up: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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