Emmy Wish List: Lead Actor in a Comedy

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With nominations for the 2012 Emmy Awards scheduled to be announced by Nick Offerman and Kerry Washington on July 19, staff writer Dan Forcella is here to give you a quick overview of each category, his predictions for the 2012 nominations, and his Emmy Wish Lists for who ought to be on the ballot.

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We begin with Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which returns a healthy contingent from last year's nominees. Two-time defending champion Jim Parsons should prove to be the favorite come September, but he will face plenty of competition from two-time winner Alec Baldwin, critical favorite Louis C.K., and long-time Emmy darling Jon Cryer, who makes the move from supporting to lead this season.

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Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Louis C.K. - Louie
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons - Big Bang Theory

Larry David, who has been nominated four times for his Curb performance, and Oscar-nominated movie star Don Cheadle round out the crew that I expect to see listed as this year's nominees.

Emmy Wish List
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Although it wasn't one of the better Curb seasons of late, LD always brings the heat. Between admitting he was a social assassin and going to war with Michael J. Fox, Larry David had audiences laughing as much as any actor on television.

Zachary Levi - Chuck
Just like the show itself, Levi has done an outstanding job combining comedy, action, and heart in his performance. In the final season of the series, Levi was better than ever as he rode off into the sunset.

Chris Lilley - Angry Boys
Nobody had a more difficult task than Lilley this season. The creator of the series played six very different believable characters, which included two women and a pair of distinguishable twins. On top of the degree of difficulty, Lilley was also extremely funny in a number of roles.

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Joel McHale - Community
McHale began as the straight man amongst a group of crazy people on the critically acclaimed comedy, but this season he put forth a nearly as an insane performance, highlighted by his absolutely hilarious Seacrest-Hulk.

Jim Parsons - Big Bang Theory
While I'm not the biggest Big Bang fan, and I haven't watched more than a handful of episodes over the past couple of seasons, I'm always a huge fan of Parson's performance.  He is exponentially funnier than everyone else on the show.

Jeremy Sisto - Suburgatory
There's something extremely charming about Sisto's performance on ABC's wacky Wednesday night sitcom.  He's not all that funny in the role, but there might not be anyone on television I'd rather have as my father figure.

Now it's your turn TV Fanatics! Who would be on your Emmy Wish List for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series?

Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


I don't really have a wishlist for this category because I don't watch that many sitcoms. In fact, I only watch Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock and Community. Obviously this means I want Alec Baldwin and Joel McHale on the ballot, and don't really care about the rest. Side note- Ty Burrell should consider submitting himself for Lead Actor. I know Modern Family has an ensemble cast, but they would definitely dominate the Emmys if Ty and Julie go for lead while Ed and Sofia go for supporting. I do have an anti-wishlist though. I hate Two and a Half Men so I hope Ashton Kutcher stays as far away from the Emmys as possible. And I saw the first few episodes of House of Lies and hated every minute so Don Cheadle should stay away as well. The Big Bang Theory is fine, but I think Jim Parsons is ridiculously overrated (unpopular opinion, I know). He plays an over-the-top caricature, doesn't seem like an A-grade performance to me. I'm pretty sure anyone can play Sheldon Cooper. Anyway, that's my two cents. The drama category will be much more fun.


My wish list: Tim Allen, Last Man Standing (winner)
Jim Parsons, TBBT
Neil Flynn, The Middle
Jeremy Sisto, Suburgatory
Johnny Galecki, TBBT
Josh Hopkins, Cougar Town


Jim Parsons all the way!