2009 Emmy Awards: Comedy Predictions
2009 Emmy Awards: Comedy Predictions
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards are this Sunday at 8pm on CBS.  Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, it looks like two shows will have a stranglehold on the night: Mad Men for Drama and 30 Rock for Comedy, both coming in with an overwhelming lead in total nominations.

But will they really prevail.  Check out the nominees for the major Emmy Drama categories below and who I think will win, then make your own picks and watch along with me Sunday night.

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COMEDY  SERIES:
30 Rock
Entourage
Family Guy
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
The Office
Weeds


MY PREDICTION: 30 Rock
Last year the Emmys crowned 30 Rock and creator Tina Fey the top comedy, and this year, it will retain its crown.  Hands down, 30 Rock is the very definition of Outstanding Comedy Series.



LEAD ACTOR:
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Steve Carell, The Office
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

MY PREDICTION: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
I'm rooting as hard as I possibly can for Jim Parsons, who in all fairness should've also been nominated and won last year.  But I suspect 30 Rock is the 10-ton behemoth and it will take something very special (like being a beloved gay former child star a la Doogie) to knock 30 Rock out of the running for a Comedy Emmy.



LEAD ACTRESS:
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

MY PREDICTION: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Last year Fey won three Emmys for writing, acting and producing.  Then in 2009 she went on to win the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild, Wrtiers Guild and even People's Choice Awards for her work on 30 Rock.  She also just won an Emmy last week for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her stint as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.  I pity anyone who tries to get between Fey and the microphone on Emmy night.



SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men

MY PREDICTION: Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
He's hosting the damn show, so not giving it to him would be an insult.  Also, Barney Stinson is awesome.



SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds

MY PREDICTION: Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
The SNL ladies both deserve to win, but this season 30 Rock turned Jane Krakowski from the most superfluous character on TV into one of the funniest, especially with the fake Janis Joplin biopic storyline.



WRITING:
"Reunion," 30 Rock
"Apollo, Apollo," 30 Rock
"Mamma Mia," 30 Rock
"Kidney Now!," 30 Rock
"Prime Minister," Flight of the Conchords

MY PREDICTION: "Reunion," 30 Rock
There are a lot of great 30 Rock episodes to choose from, but for my money, "I want to go to there" was the single funniest line of the season, and it came in this episode.



DIRECTING:
"Apollo, Apollo," 30 Rock
"Reunion," 30 Rock
"Generalisimo," 30 Rock
"Tree Trippers," Entourage
"The Tough Brets," Flight of the Conchords
"Stress Relief," The Office

MY PREDICTION: "Tree Trippers," Entourage
Even if you thought Entourage has become unwatchable and Jeremy Piven is lame, this episode where the gang visits Joshua Tree while shrooming is pretty darn spectacular and beautifully crafted.



-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of NBC)

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