Here are the 2010 Emmy predictions I promised. Who I think will win is in CAPS. Who should with is in bold. Possible upsets are in italics. Commentary may also be included.
Outstanding Comedy Series
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Modern Family was bar none the funniest show on this list of shows. I will argue that the funniest on television isn’t even on this list. “Parks and Recreation” was by far the best comedy on tv this season (DJ Roomba anyone?) Glee is great and all, but it is just in this category because it doesn’t fit into drama.
Outstanding Drama Series
"The Good Wife"
The Emmys often give awards to shows making their final run, which is why Lost could pull off an upset here. Otherwise, Mad Men has it all locked up. Just a solid third season for the AMC show. They balance history, drama, and humor like no other show on TV. The only thing in its way is a very good Lost finale episode, which was the one submitted for the award.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN for "30 Rock"
Steve Carell for "The Office"
Larry David for "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Matthew Morrison for "Glee"
Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub for "Monk"
30 Rock isn’t going to take a shutout tonight. Baldwin is going to walk away with another Emmy. Does he deserve it? Not necessarily, but his competition isn’t that stiff. Jim Parsons is the one guy who even deserves the awards.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Kyle Chandler for "Friday Night Lights" (2006)
Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" (2008)
Matthew Fox for "Lost" (2004)
Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (2006)
JON HAMM for "Mad Men" (2007)
Hugh Laurie for "House M.D." (2004)
Emmy is gonna be in love with Mad Men tonight. The show is that fucking good. Why is it that good? Because Jon Hamm brings his best stuff week after week as Don Draper, a man whose life is slowly crumbling around him. However, there is long overdue recognition that needs to go to Kyle Chandler for his work on FNL. Every year I hear about how awesome he was, so I think he should get credit where credit it due. Also, it took six seasons for Matthew Fox to even get nominated for an Emmy award. He deserved one for the first season of LOST, but didn’t get it. He submitted the finale episode to represent his work on season six and it was the type of work that brings up tears and gives goose bumps. The final shot of the series alone could be enough to get him the surprise win.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009)
Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" (2009)
Tina Fey for "30 Rock" (2006)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (2006)
Lea Michele for "Glee" (2009)
AMY POEHLER for "Parks and Recreation" (2009)
Lea Michele may have won the Golden Globe award in this category, but that was half way through the season. Poehler was better for the year as a whole and was funnier. It is a comedy category so the ability to be funny should be taken into consideration along with acting ability.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton for "Friday Night Lights" (2006)
Glenn Close for "Damages" (2007)
Mariska Hargitay for "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)
January Jones for "Mad Men" (2007)
JULIANNA MARGULIES for "The Good Wife" (2009)
Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer" (2005)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell for "Modern Family" (2009)
CHRIS COLFER for "Glee" (2009)
Jon Cryer for "Two and a Half Men" (2003)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson for "Modern Family" (2009)
Neil Patrick Harris for "How I Met Your Mother" (2005)
Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family" (2009)
Wow, how does one show get three people into this category? One has to wonder if the votes could cancel one another out and allow another one of the individuals sneak in and take the gold. In fact, I think that is what is going to happen. However, it isn’t like Chris Colfer doesn’t deserve it. He out acted a lot of people at certain points during Glee’s freshmen run. He also managed to be humorous on top of that. However, if anyone else deserves the award, it would be Eric Stonestreet who played Cam on Modern Family. He is by far the best character on the series. NPH already won an award for Best Guest Star in a comedy series for his one episode appearance on Glee, so he won’t win here. By the way, he shouldn’t have even won that award. The best guest appearance on Glee all season was from Mike O’Malley (yes, the guy from “Guts”)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher for "Men of a Certain Age" (2009)
Michael Emerson for "Lost" (2004)
Terry O'Quinn for "Lost" (2004)
AARON PAUL for "Breaking Bad" (2008)
Martin Short for "Damages" (2007)
John Slattery for "Mad Men" (2007)
Slattery performed with swagger and class every time he was on screen as Roger Sterling on Mad Men. He is one of my favorite characters on tv.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen for "Modern Family" (2009)
Jane Krakowski for "30 Rock" (2006)
JANE LYNCH for "Glee" (2009)
Holland Taylor for "Two and a Half Men" (2003)
Sofía Vergara for "Modern Family" (2009)
Kristen Wiig for "Saturday Night Live" (1975)
It is unfortunate that both Jane Krakowski and Kristen Wiig have to be up against Jane Lynch here. There is no argument against Wiig, but the other two were awesome as well. I especially am fond of Wiig who is often the only funny part of SNL. However, Jane Lynch created an iconic character as Sue Sylvester, the brash and bold cheerleading coach on Glee. If there was a category to have a pick be guarantee, this is the one.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski for "The Good Wife" (2009)
Rose Byrne for "Damages" (2007)
Sharon Gless for "Burn Notice" (2007)
Christina Hendricks for "Mad Men" (2007)
ELIZABETH MOSS for "Mad Men" (2007)
Archie Panjabi for "The Good Wife" (2009)
All I can say here is that Sharon Gless is the best actress of this entire group. She makes the most of all the limited scenes she has on Burn Notice.
Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
"The Colbert Report" (2005)
"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (1996)
"Real Time with Bill Maher" (2003)
"Saturday Night Live" (1975)
"The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" (2009)