4/3) Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele - "Key & Peele"
2) Jonathan Groff - "Looking"
PK: I suspect very few bones will sent the way of HBO's "Looking," in part because it hardly feels comedic compared to most of the other shows we've been talking about here. Certainly another example of why the comedy/drama split doesn't seem to quite fit narrative television these days (though I'm also hard pressed to find an alternative solution -- don't even get me started on the term "dramedy"), "Looking" was also one of my favorite new series of the past season. And that had a lot to do with its lead actor Jonathan Groff. In just eight episodes, Groff takes protagonist Patrick and, with the help of some very tight writing, develops him into one of television's most complex characters, an extraordinarily imperfect antihero we aren't sure we should be rooting for. Not exactly the stuff of comedy gold, but still more than worthy of an Emmy nomination.
2) Ricky Gervais - "Derek"
1) Amy Schumer - "Inside Amy Schumer"
PK: Amy Schumer plays a whole lot of characters perfectly in "Inside Amy Schumer," and she is my #1 vote here, even though I could probably offer this list in entirely different order depending on the time of day. But sketch comedy has a hard time in Emmy acting categories, especially if you're not "Saturday Night Live." And no offence to the glorious Kate McKinnon, but there's no one on "Saturday Night Live" deserving of an Emmy nomination over Amy Schumer, who -- much like the women from "Broad City" are doing with narrative comedy -- is reinventing sketch comedy in her Comedy Central series. And like the women of "Broad City," hell will have frozen over if a good chunk of typically archaic Emmy voters come to recognize that...
1) Rob Lowe - "Parks and Recreation"
BT: Yes, my quest continues for the best sitcom on television to get the recognition it deserves. Two weeks back, I pushed for voters to put Nick Offerman on their ballots, but there's no one I'd rather see get an Emmy nomination -- and no one less likely to receive one -- than Rob Lowe. While he stands a good shot at a nod for his role in the TV movie "Killing Kennedy," the deck is stacked against him for "Parks." First, he's on the ballot for leading man, not supporting, which he clearly is to anyone familiar with the program. And his case won't be helped by his departure midway through the season, cutting his screen time down even further. This is all the more reason, though, to champion the man who brought the most enthusiasm, heart and humor to network TV this year, and many years prior. He's the best comedic actor of the year, and I will literally cry when the Academy rejects talent in favor of ratings for one more year.