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Monday, July 26, 2010

2010 Emmys: Comedy Part 2

    The Emmy nominations for this year are out. This is television's biggest awards show, and as a television reviewer, I couldn't help but be excited. Sure, there were some snubs, but there were also some pleasant surprises. With lots of time left until the statues are handed out on August 29th, there is plenty of time to examine who's up for what. In this fourth in a series of articles, I'll look at the the supporting player categories for Comedies.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Chris Colfer, Glee (Fox), Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family (ABC), Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, (ABC), Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC), Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men (CBS).  So tough.  I have been lobbying for NPH for years, but now that Jeremy Piven has finally dropped off the list, and HIMYM had such a lackluster year, I just can't bring myself to support him for the award this time.  Cryer is a joke (just like his series), and should not be on this list.  People either love or hate the show, and I firmly fall into the second category.  Instead, Ed O'Neill, the one Modern Family adult that did not get a nomination, should be on here.  Of the MF guys, Stonestreet is my first instinct, but as soon as I consider Burrell's work, I go into deadlock.  I think the former has a better chance of winning, but the latter is just as deserving.  As is Ferguson, don't get me wrong.  What's working against his character is that he seems so toned down compared to the others.  I am a big fan of Colfer.  He's my favorite member of the Glee club, and I'm thrilled to see him get the nod.  But up against comedy veterans, this looks like a MF win.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Jane Lynch, Glee (Fox), Julie Bowen, Modern Family (CBS), Sofia Vergara, Modern Family (CBS), Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live (NBC), Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock (NBC), Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men (CBS). Jane Lynch, hands down.  The comedy goddess has been overlooked for many an award, but as Sue Sylvester, she is a powerhouse that cannot be stopped, nor should she be.  If the award is stolen from her (and if she doesn't win, it will be a crime), it will go to one of the Modern Family ladies, both equally deserving, and had Lynch not been on television this year, they would stand a real chance.  Wiig is carrying SNL by herself these days, but it's leading to a little bit of overexposure, which coupled with bad writing, will probably sink her ship.  It's nice to see Krakowski get a nod.  I often view her as pushed out of the spotlight by the many other hams she works with, but in retrospect, she does hold her own.  I like the actress Holland Taylor, but why she would even consent to being on such a show, I do not know, and cannot in good conscience write anything even suggesting that Two and a Half Men might deserve the slightest praise.

     The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sunday, August 29th at 8pm on NBC.

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