2012 Emmy preview: Jon Cryer submits as ‘Two and a Half Men’ lead

Is Jon now a lead?

Yes, it is shockingly early that we are talking about the 2012 Emmy Awards a solid six months before they will even air — but seeing as though this could end up shifting the entire dynamic of the acting races, it’s certainly worth discussing.

According to Gold Derby, Jon Cryer has decided to move away from the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy field for “Two and a Half Men,” and will submit himself as a lead actor for the first time since the show’s second season. The irony in this move? Cryer was nominated every year in the supporting field for his portrayal of Alan Harper (he even won in 2009), but never scored a nomination as a lead in his two attempts for this show. (Charlie Sheen, meanwhile, did end up with four nods to his name during his time on the show.)

As for the reasons behind the change, there are two likely reasons why we see Cryer making this move:

1. Cryer is more of a lead on the show now with Sheen gone, as we are witnessing Ashton Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt come into his world rather than just two brothers co-habituating. It’s likely that Kutcher will also submit himself as a lead, setting up some direct competition.

2. With Steve Carell gone from “The Office” and Matt LeBlanc ineligible for “Episodes” this year, this field is not what it once was thanks to many comedies at the moment being led by women. Meanwhile, the “Modern Family” gang is in the supporting categories, and there are also rising stars in competition here including the guys from “New Girl” and “Happy Endings,” Danny Pudi on “Community,” and Nick Offerman from “Parks and Recreation.”

Does Cryer really have that much of a chance at scoring a nomination in the Lead Actor category? Not this year, especially with the quality of “Men” tanking lower than it even was during the Sheen days. While it’s still early, our current picks for nominees include the following people:

Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”)

Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”)

Louis C.K. (“Louie,” in a preemptive vote of confidence)

Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”)

Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing,” possibly for name alone)

Joel McHale (“Community”)

Do you think that Cryer jumping into the Lead Actor race is going to make much of a difference at all?

Photo: CBS

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