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2012 Emmy Predictions: The Comedy Categories

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire July 16, 2012 at 1:12PM

It was yet another very strong year for comedy television, with veteran series -- and Emmy favorites -- like "30 Rock," "Parks & Recreation," "Modern Family" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" all having standout seasons. Add that to more questionable Emmy favorites like "The Big Bang Theory," and to a big crop of  newbies both as-yet-unseen ("Veep," "Girls") and already acclaimed ("Enlightened," "Life's Too Short," "Up All Night") and it should make for a pretty interesting Emmy race.

Susan Kelechi Watson and Louis C.K. on the set of 'Louie'
FX Susan Kelechi Watson and Louis C.K. on the set of 'Louie'
Best Comedy Series: (bolded series/names are our predictions)

The Locks:
1. Modern Family
2. 30 Rock

3. Parks and Recreation
4. The Big Bang Theory

Very Possible:
5. Curb Your Enthusiasm
6. Louie

7. Community

The Strong Newbies?
8. Veep
9. New Girl
10. Girls
11. Up All Night
11. Enlightened
12. 2 Broke Girls
13. House of Lies

The Fallen Favorites?
14. Glee
15. The Office

Best Lead Actress - Comedy Series:

The Locks (really only one, given how beautifully crowded this category is):
1. Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

The Strong Newbies:
2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
3. Laura Dern, Enlightended

4. Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
5. Lena Dunham, Girls

The Returning Nominees?
6. Tina Fey, 30 Rock
7. Laura Linney, The Big C
8. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
9. Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
10. Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope

The Possible Surprises:
11. Christina Applegate, Up All Night
12. Patricia Heaton, The Middle

Best Lead Actor - Comedy Series:

The Locks:
1. Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
2. Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
3. Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm

4. Louis C.K., Louie

The Strong Newbie:
5. Don Cheadle, House of Lies

The Returning Nominees?
6. Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
7. Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Possible Surprises:
7. Joel McHale, Community
9. Will Arnett, Up All Night
10. Warwick Davis, Life's Too Short
11. Ed Helms, The Office
12. Adam Scott, Parks & Recreation

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy Series:

The Locks:
1. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
2. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
3. Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

The Returning Nominees?
4. Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
5. Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
6. Jane Lynch, Glee

The Strong Newbies:
7. Maya Rudolph, Up All Night
8. Diane Ladd, Enlightened

Possible Surprises:
10. Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
11. Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
12. Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy Series

The "Modern Family" Locks:
1. Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
2. Ty Burrell, Modern Family

The "Modern Family" Near-Locks
3. Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
4. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family

The First Timers?
5. Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation
6. Max Greenfield, New Girl

The Fallen Favorites?
7. Chris Colfer, Glee
8. Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
9. Jeremy Piven, Entourage

The Possible Surprises:
11. Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
12. Damon Wayans, Jr., Happy Endings

This article is related to: Television, Emmys

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