Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
The Office, NBC
30 Rock, NBC
Two and a Half Men, CBS
Will Win: 30 Rock
Should Win: 30 Rock
By far the most intelligently written comedy on television with Tina Fey at the helm, I would be very surprised if 30 Rock didn't have this competition wrapped up!
Comedy Lead Actor
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
Steve Carell, The Office, NBC
Lee Pace, Pushing Daisies, ABC
Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA Network
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, CBS
Will Win: Steve Carell
Should Win: Lee Pace
Carell has lost the past two years even though many thought he was the most gifted nominee in the category. His character is a little extreme and scary which is why some Emmy voters may not be giving their blessing, but this year he has submitted a one hour episode, so the third time may be a charm. Lee Pace is gifted as Ned, a pie maker who has the odd ability of touching something that is dead and bringing it back to life, but if he touches what he brought back to life a second time, it will perish forever. Carell will win, but Pace really should.
Comedy Lead Actress
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?, ABC
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty, ABC
Tina Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Julia Louis Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine, CBS
Mary Louise Parker, Weeds, Showtime
Will Win: Christina Applegate or Tina Fey
Should Win: Tina Fey or America Ferrera
Applegate may grab this award yet; she has had a tough year and come through like a trooper. She is also charming as title character Samantha in Samantha Who?, an amnesia victim who discovers she doesn't like the person that she was before her car accident. The amnesia also prompts her to rediscover her relationships with people which is comic relief in and of itself. Tina Fey as Liz Lemon on 30 Rock is the only lady in this category that I think should and could walk away with this award. She is not only delightfully protagonistic is Liz Lemon but she is also the head writer of the series. America Ferrera once again dazzled and surprised audiences as Betty Suarez; her romantic life was particularly interesting this past season with two suitors, Gio and Henry. Will she go to Rome with Gio or decide to marry Henry? Betty has a big decision to make and let's not forget about her giving advice to her boss Daniel.
Comedy Supporting Actor
John Cryer, Two and a Half Men, CBS
Kevin Dillon, Entourage, HBO
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother, CBS
Jeremy Piven, Entourage, HBO
Rainn Wilson, The Office, NBC
Will Win: Jeremy Piven
Should Win: Kevin Dillon
The nominees are the same and I think I am almost repeating what I wrote last year (I am laughing right now). Jeremy Piven is so strong compared to the other nominees except for Kevin Dillon. He is so underrated and under appreciated by Emmy voters as Johnny "Drama" Chase; I love, love, love him in this role. I will be surprised if the voters are intelligent enough to give him this award, but if he does get it, I will stand up in my living room and applaud cause he deserves it.
Comedy Supporting Actress
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies, ABC
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Jean Smart, Samantha Who?, ABC
Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men, CBS
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty, ABC
Will Win: Kristin Chenoweth
Should Win: Kristin Chenoweth or Vanessa Williams
If Emmy voters love Chenoweth as much as the Tony's do, this award is in her pocket; Chenoweth has so much charisma and this is really and truly the perfect role for this small but complete package. She is "hopelessly devoted" to pie maker Ned and she even sang "Hopelessly Devoted to You" in the series! Vanessa Williams was extra evil as Wilhelmina Slater and the scenes with Williams and Gabrielle Union who plays her sister were fabulous. Wilhelmina is not happy that her little sis is sleeping with the enemy, Daniel Meade. Perhaps Williams could secure her win if, as Wilhelmina, she sang "I'm Bad" on Ugly Betty; just a thought.
Enjoy the Emmys, I will be keeping track and I hope you will too!
Watch: Sunday September 21, 2008 on ABC