2012 Emmy rankings: Will ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Jim Parsons three-peat?

The Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series award for the Primetime Emmy Awards this year is an interesting beast. With “Modern Family” created a logjam in the supporting fields, the lead category you could say is actually the easier one to break into. This is why it made sense that Jon Cryer from “Two and a Half Men” made the jump this year, and also why we have so many repeat nominees.

But who’s the actual favorite for this category? In our newest edition of Emmy rankings, we’re going to do our best to pinpoint the contenders’ chances.

6. Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men” – The Emmys may love Cryer, but we did not love this season of the show. Chuck Lorre’s mega-hit was never exactly stellar TV to begin with, but it lost some of its cheeky charm without Charlie Sheen. Sure, Cryer did a good job with what he was given — but we all know that this spot should have gone to either Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) or Joel McHale (“Community”).

5. Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” – While we have a problem with David’s show getting an overall nomination, it’s hard to really knock on him for managing to be so effortlessly funny on this show. It was an inconsistent season, though, and the greatness of a few episodes (“Palestinian Chicken”) do not make up for the show as a whole.

4. Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” – We were thrilled to see Cheadle nominated this year, mostly because he is a consistently great actor who always handles his business with class, but somehow never gets his due recognition for it. Even if you are a great actor, though, you still need every other element around you to be great to win this award — and while “House of Lies” is a fine show, it’s not exactly at an Emmy level yet.

3. Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” – As long as this show is on the air, you can never really rule out Alec as a contender. Jack Donaghy is an iconic TV character — he’s sly, shrewd, and he’s the sort of guy you want to root for if he’s not always the nicest person. We also can’t imagine this character being played by anyone else.

2. Louis C.K., “Louie” – If there was an award for writing, directing, producing, and starring in your show, we’re pretty sure that Louis would win it. He’s the second character on this list playing a version of himself, and what makes us cherish him for that here is managing to find so many ways to add depth to someone that we only see for 30 minutes at a time — and also separating the show Louie from he real Louis. “Louie” is a brilliant show, and from a personal standpoint it feels as though it is his time to win.

1. Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” – Then again, can you really complain if Parsons wins? Dr. Sheldon Cooper is as iconic a character as anyone else on this list, and you can also not argue against the fact that this show has more success than any other on this list week in and week out. Then again, it also doesn’t hurt that Parsons is such a nice guy that you want to root for him despite him already having two trophies at home. He also gave us the word “bazinga,” and that has to be good for something.

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