2011 Emmy predictions: Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

The show airs September 18.

Over the course of the next several weeks leading up to the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, we are going to look every weekday at a given category not only in terms of who will win, but also who should be walking away with the trophy. (To view some of our other Emmy predictions, all you have to do is head over here.)

This time around, the focus is on the category of Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

The nominees

Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”)

Chris Colfer (“Glee”)

Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”)

Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”)

Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”)

Who will win

Last year, “Modern Family” somehow did not manage to cancel itself out with three nominees in this field — now that there are four worthy candidates, expect it to happen.

If Jon Cryer manages to win this award, then it shows that the Emmys want to just make headlines rather than recognize worthy performances. Cryer has done fine work in the past, but some of the behind-the-scenes drama was showing through during some of the “Men” episodes. Let’s just pretend last season happened and move on.

With that, we only real have one person left — Chris Colfer. While “Glee” as a show was not nearly as good in season 2, Colfer did most of the heavy lifting, and also had a bullying-related plot that was topical and moved many people. While he’s not a lock to win this award, it would be a surprise to see any other scenario going down.

Who should win

Can we vote for “How I Met Your Mother’s” Jason Segel? No. With that, we really think that this should be between two people who both raised their game in the past year — Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill.

In the case of Burrell, he managed to make Phil even more of the bumbling dad with heart, and less of Michael Scott wedged into a parenting role. He was consistently one of the funniest people on the show, and is also such a humble guy off-screen that it would be well-deserved to see him win.

As for O’Neill, he’s our pick for two reasons — bringing the show its most well-rounded character, while at the same time being the actor who deserves it the most. The fact that this is Ed’s first Emmy nomination is appalling considering all the “Married … with Children” work he did so many years ago, and it should translate into his first Emmy win.



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