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Emmy predix: Best supporting comedy actor

April 22, 2010 |  4:12 pm

Our Emmy sages Robert "Rob L" Licuria ( and Chris "Boomer" Beachum agree on five of the six stars who'll be nominated for best supporting comedy actor, but they clash over their sixth choices. Rob picks newcomer Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). Boomer backs Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock"), who reaped his first and only Emmy bid last year. Morgan lost to Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"). Prior to that, Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") won three years in a row.  

Note that Rob and Boomer rank Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") first as most likely to win. Also see their predix for these races: lead drama actor, best drama actress, best supporting drama actor,  best drama series, best comedy series and best lead comedy actor

Emmys Modern Family TV News

1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")
5. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")
6. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
Alternates: Ed O’Neill ("Modern Family"), Jack McBrayer ("30 Rock"), Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")

ROB'S COMMENTARY: The top three are almost assured a nod, and I think (and hope) all is forgiven and Jeremy Piven will sneak in again. That leaves the two "Modern Family" slots, assuming they will submit here. In fact, if they do, based on episodes aired so far, Stonestreet will surprise many and has the best shot at the win this year. It pains me to be predicting this, but I think Ed O’Neill, even with his classy move to supporting, will probably miss out on a nomination (that he has never been nominated over the years probably won’t matter very much to voters, unfortunately) because he doesn’t have as showy a role as Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet. However, based on name recognition, maybe O’Neill has a better shot than I think.

Also in with a chance are the "30 Rock" guys and the other male cast members of "Modern Family," not to mention the best male cast member of "Saturday Night Live" (Fred Armisen).

1. Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother")
2. Rainn Wilson ("The Office")
3. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men")
4. Tracy Morgan ("30 Rock")
5. Jeremy Piven ("Entourage")
6. Ty Burrell ("Modern Family")

Alternates -- Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family"), Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family")

BOOMER'S COMMENTARY: The only safe pick is Neil Patrick Harris to pick up another nomination in this category. It is a volatile category, so all of the other names on my predictions could be nominated or could be snubbed. I don't think it has been the best season for either Rainn Wilson or Jon Cryer, but can't imagine complete turnover in the category, so I have them both returning.

Tracy Morgan continues to impress on "30 Rock" and has boosted his profile even more with recent films. After a somewhat shocking removal from the category last year (after three wins), I somehow see a return by Jeremy Piven this time (probably at the expense of costar Kevin Dillon). Ty Burrell's decision to submit as a supporting actor is a good one. I think he not only has a chance to be nominated, but could even upset for the win. His other "Modern Family" costars also have a good shot at nominations. It will be interesting to see how that show's stars are received by voters.

Photos: "Modern Family" (ABC), "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS)


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