Hey, Emmy voters, tired of me yet? No? Good, because we still have six more categories to get through, including the two below — lead actor and actress in a comedy. (My suggestions for lead actor and actress in a drama will be posted later this evening, followed by outstanding comedy series and drama series tomorrow.) To recap: Use this list of recommendations as your guide when the balloting process gets underway next week. I’ll be checking to see how closely you paid attention when the nods come out on July 16.
Best Lead Actor (Comedy)
• Alec Baldwin (30 Rock): Ironically, he soared by bringing his loopy character down to earth.
• Kyle Bornheimer (Worst Week): The (super-funny) show didn’t last. But let’s keep its Everyman star as a souvenir.
• Steve Carell (The Office): With the help of Amy Ryan’s Holly, he gave Michael some heart and depth.
• Zachary Levi (Chuck): Who else shifts as easily between comedy, drama, and kung fu? That’s right, no one.
• Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory): Revenge of the nerd!
• James Roday (Psych): My sixth sense says this is the underrated comic’s year.
Best Lead Actress (Comedy)
• Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) Made trying to be good look good.
• Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory): Only a real dork would write her off as just another pretty face.
• America Ferrera (Ugly Betty): Deserves major props for hiding the series’ signs of wear. Without a poncho, even!
• Tina Fey (30 Rock): I want her to go to there. Again.
• Joanna Garcia (Privileged): If Emmy didn’t shun The CW, it’d admit it loved Garcia.
• Eva Longoria-Parker (Desperate Housewives): The most unsung member
of the ensemble is also its funniest. Let’s give her some love.
addCredit(“Garcia: Chris Large/Lifetime; Levi: Dean Hendler/NBC; Parsons: Monty Brinton/CBS; Parker: Ron Tom/ABC”)