In looking at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in comparison to the granddaddy of all TV awards shows in the Emmys, there is one very distinct difference: This is a show that has a tendency, at least more often than not, to really recognize some more indie choices than just what the majority of people watch. This is why you see “Modern Family” snubbed for almost every single category, save for a nomination for Sarah Hyland.
So with this in mind, we turn to the latest chapter in our ongoing series as we try to figure out who is the best contender in each category, and this time we are focusing in on Actor in a Comedy Series. Based on our own estimation right now, there are at least some worthy candidates.
The nominees – Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” (Showtime), Louis C.K., “Louie” (Fix), Jake Johnson, “New Girl” (Fox), Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), Adam Scott, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC), Jeremy Sisto, “Suburgatory” (ABC)
The surprise – For us, it’s Sisto. Not because his show is bad, but because we would have thought voters would be partial to someone from the final season of “The Office” or “30 Rock,” Johnny Galecki of “The Big Bang Theory,” or David Duchovny of “Californication.”
The snubs – It has to be John Krasinski (who we think was a lead this year) and that’s about it. This is a pretty weak category this year, given that “Community” fell by the wayside a bit and that most of the big comedies at the moment are female driven. With Robin Williams, Will Arnett, and Michael J. Fox all landing new comedies, this could change.
Who should win – We’re going to go out on a limb here and saying Jake Johnson. Nick Miller was a bit of a strange character on “New Girl,” mostly because it didn’t feel at first like the writers knew what to do with him. Is he serious or a quirky grump? Luckily, they’ve figured it out, and Johnson does a brilliant job of making someone shine who looks on the surface to be an ordinary guy, but in reality is a loose cannon who talks gibberish, is friends with a creepy old guy in the park, and freaks out when any one of his friends buys him a gift.
Away from Johnson, Adam Scott is another strong contender.
Who will win – We’re always going to say Louis C.K. here, and it’s hard to really argue it. Parsons has a good shot following the dominance of “The Big Bang Theory” season 6, but we still contend that the Critics’ Choice TV Awards don’t like to emulate the Emmys with their voting patterns. Sisto’s too much of an underdog, and we’ve never really found “House of Lies” to be as good of a show as it should be.
Who’s your pick to win? We want to hear your thoughts in the poll below, and you can read our analysis of other categories over at the link here.
Photo: Critics’ Choice TV Awards