BEST SERIES (COMEDY)
30 Rock (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Modern Family (ABC)
PREDICTION: Modern Family. Every year there is at least one undeserving repeat winner to infuriate Emmy haters; I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be three-time winner Modern Family — unless Emmy voters to decide to give the prize to the equally vanilla The Big Bang Theory.
PICK: Louie. If there were any justice in the world, the statue would go to television’s best comedy, coming off its most inventive and exploratory season, with multi-episode storylines and unexpected shots of powerful pathos. But there’s no justice in the world.
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY SERIES)
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
PREDICTION: Baldwin. Expect the voters to go with a safe pick here — either previous winners Jim Parsons or Alec Baldwin. But the sentimentality factor of 30 Rock’s final season should give it the edge.
PICK: Bateman. He’s always been the brilliant straight-man glue that held AD together, and the discombobulated structure of the Netflix season put that skill to the test. He passed it — and eased his character to some new, darker, and more desperate places to boot.
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY SERIES)
Laura Dern (Enlightened)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
PREDICTION: Louis-Dreyfus. The notorious JLD won this prize last year — and her work only got sharper, funnier, and (in the best way) sadder this season.
PICK: Poehler, the generous and invaluable point guard of the best comedy ensemble on television.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (COMEDY SERIES)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Ed O’Neill (Modern Family)
PREDICTION: O’Neill. But the Family domination is a little overwhelming here, so you can probably safely pick any of those three.
PICK: Driver, though there’s an argument to be made that his was more a dramatic than comic turn this season.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (COMEDY SERIES)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Jane Krakowski (30 Rock)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie)
PREDICTION: Vergara. It’s her fourth nomination without a win, so this is how they’ll “shake up” the comedy categories.
PICK: Krakowski, who never got enough credit for her contributions to 30 Rock — she was uproarious, gloriously weird, and up for anything. If voters are feeling sentimental, she could sneak in.
BEST SERIES (VARIETY)
The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
PICK/PREDICTION: The Daily Show wins every year. It will win again this year.
BEST SERIES (REALITY/COMPETITION)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
PICK/PREDICTION: The Amazing Race wins every year. It will win again this year.