The Emmys are nearly upon us, and all this week we’ll be taking a look at the lead acting and series categories. But rather than offer up our own predictions, we’d like to hear who you think should win.
First up: the nominees for lead actress and actor in a comedy series. Following is a little bit of information on the nominees and the episodes they submitted for consideration (including links to clips from said episodes, where we could find them). Then have your say in the attached polls.
Lead actress in a comedy series
Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”: Her episode was “The Pill,” in which Sam takes part in a clinical trial to try to regain her memory but doesn’t like it when it starts to work. It was a good showcase for her and showcased the full range of emotions she gets to play on the show. No clip, unfortunately.
Toni Collette, “United States of Tara”: Collette was great throughout the season, but if I had been advising her, I wouldn’t have chosen a clip from the pilot. I thought the alters — and Tara — got more nuanced as the season went on. (Watch a clip.)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”: The episode is called “Everyone Says I Love You Except Ritchie,” and that pretty much sums up Christine’s desperation when her son stops telling her he loves her. No clip we could find.
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”: Fey, who already won an Emmy this year for her Sarah Palin impression on “Saturday Night Live,” is probably the odds-on favorite (along with Collette) in this category. She submitted “Reunion,” one of the most Liz Lemon-centric episodes of last season. (Watch a clip.)
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”: Remember that she’s submitting episodes from season four in summer 2008, not the most recent season. She chose “Lady’s a Charm,” in which Nancy gets an education in cross-border drug muling. (Watch a clip.)
Sarah Silverman, “The Sarah Silverman Program”: I can’t see Silverman winning for “There’s No Place Like Homeless,” as her brand of humor is often a love-or-hate proposition. I liked this episode, though. (Watch a clip.)
Lead actor in a comedy series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”: Baldwin, last year’s winner in this category, submitted the hammy “Generalissimo” episode (in which he played two different characters). It wasn’t my favorite episode of his last season. (Watch a clip.)
Steve Carell, “The Office”: I’m rooting for Carell this year, both because he’s overdue and because Michael Scott really kind of grew up last season, as evidenced in his submission, “Broke.” (Watch a clip.)
Jemaine Clement, “Flight of the Conchords”: Like Silverman, he’s probably a pretty big longshot given the fairly deep field. But his horror at sleeping with an Australian woman in “Unnatural Love” was one of the highlights of “Conchords'” second season. (Watch a clip.)
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”: If Carell doesn’t win, I’d like to see the honor go to TCA Award winner Parsons for “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis.” The scene in which he realizes what Penny (Kaley Cuoco) has given him simply does not get old. (Watch a clip.)
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”: Shalhoub is a three-time past winner in this category, and while you should never discount Emmy voters’ tendency to repeat themselves, his chances are probably less this year. He submitted the Christmas special “Mr. Monk and the Miracle.” (Watch a clip.)
Charlie Sheen, “Two and a Half Men”: “Men” isn’t always my cup of tea, but Sheen’s comic timing has never been in doubt, as evidenced by Charlie’s befuddlement when he says “I love you” in “Is it the ‘Ocu’ or the ‘Pado’?” (Watch a clip.)
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