Emmys 2013: Who will win best supporting actress and actor in a comedy series?

emmys-2013-comedy-supporting.jpgEvery Thursday between now and the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22, Zap2it will be looking at certain categories and making bold predictions. We'd love to state that you can use these predictions to guarantee victory in whatever Emmys pool you enter. But let's be honest: What seems obvious in hindsight can be anything but leading up to any given awards show. So take any and all predictions between now and then with the requisite silo of salt.

While there are dozens upon dozens of categories we could analyze, we're going to stick with the main ones over the next five Thursdays. There will be time to look at other categories in other Emmys pieces between now and then, but write these dates into your Emmys Excitement Calendar:

Aug. 29: Best supporting actress/actor in a drama series

Sept. 5: Best actress/actor in a comedy series

Sept. 12: Best actress/actor in a drama series

Sept. 19: Best comedy series/drama series

To start, we'll be looking at the nominees for outstanding supporting actress and actor in a comedy series. In each category discussed between now and the Emmys, we'll look at three things: Who Will Win, Who Should Win, and What Show Would Benefit Most From Winning. There may be overlap in some cases. Maybe there will be a three-way split. Who knows? Only one way to find out.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Adam Driver as Adam Sackler, "Girls"
Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, "Modern Family"
Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, "Modern Family"
Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, "Modern Family"
Bill Hader as various characters, "Saturday Night Live"
Tony Hale as Gary Walsh, "Veep"

Who Will Win?

See those six nominations? OK, now cross off the three that don't end with "Modern Family." This show has dominated the Emmys over the last few years, and even with an overall dip in quality, it would be surprising to not see it win in at least a solid majority of categories. Eric Stonestreet, who won this award last year as well as in 2010, isn't even nominated this time around. Burrell took home the Emmy in 2011. That leaves Ferguson and O'Neill if you support a "spread the wealth around" theory of voting. Of those two, O'Neill has both the bigger name recognition and an episode submission ("Bringing Up Baby") that demonstrates how he brings laughs and pathos to the role when the writing is up to snuff. So look for him to finally take the stage.

Who Should Win?

Driver did excellent work in a mixed season of "Girls," but his submission episode focuses on Hannah's OCD as much as his return to rehab, and may put off voters. As the MVP of an otherwise less-than-stellar "Saturday Night Live" season, Hader leaves a huge hole for the show to fill going forth. This is the last time for the Emmys to honor Hader's contribution on the show, after passing him over last year. For his performance as Stefon alone, Hader probably deserves the prize. But his nomination episode (the season premiere) also features his magnetic and creepy performance as a puppeteer suffering from Vietnam flashbacks.

Which Show Would Benefit Most From Winning?

"Veep" is a show that garnered quite a bit of critical buzz last season, but still sits as a second-tier HBO show in terms of ratings (it's no "Game Of Thrones") and buzz ("Girls" has fewer viewers but is seemingly inescapable in the cultural landscape). In a year in which "Arrested Development" was poised to make a triumphant return, it was Hale's performance here that really shone. A win for this show would potentially vault "Veep" into the upper echelons of that network's programming.

So who ya got? Vote here:



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler, "The Big Bang Theory"
Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, "Glee"
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, "Modern Family"
Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, "Modern Family"
Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow, "Nurse Jackie"
Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, "Veep"
Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney, "30 Rock"

Who Will Win?

We have a few former winners here, with Lynch (2010) and Bowen (2011 and '12) having taken home the last three awards in this category. But "Glee" is running on fumes at this point, and Bowen has been rewarded enough. Krakowski helped support a stellar final season of "30 Rock," but never had enough true variety to make it seem like more than a (well-played) single note. "Veep" and "Nurse Jackie" won't have enough widespread support to land wins for its respective actresses. Look for Vergara to finally win an Emmy and continue the "Modern Family" juggernaut.

Who Should Win?

Bialik's performance on "The Big Bang Theory" is one of the foremost reasons why that show actually improves with age. While the men are still the core of that show, it's the women who give "Big Bang" its energy and edge at this point. If for no other reason than to retroactively reward Amy's reaction upon receiving a tiara, she should win the prize this year.

Which Show Would Benefit Most From Winning?

Oddly enough, "New Girl," which doesn't even have a horse in this race. Still, if Wever pulls off an upset, "New Girl" will be in a position to bring back Schmidt's college girlfriend and capitalize on her win before "Nurse Jackie" is back on the air. And since Wever's character, Elizabeth, brought out the best in both Schmidt and "New Girl" as a whole, any excuse for that program to involve her as much as contractually possible is good news for all involved.

Again, who's got your vote?



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