Steve Carell is about to end his losing streak while Laura Linney is poised to go four for four accoring to our new Emmy Frontrunners charts. These were derived from the No. 1 votes from a dozen Emmy experts, our 11 editors and hundreds of users who weighed in on the state of the top 20 Emmy races.
Carell has lost five bids for Best Comedy Actor for his role on “The Office.” Our other other new chart — Emmy Nominees Will Be … – has previous champs Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” 2010) and Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock,” 2008 & 2009) ahead of Carell but it is those first place votes that matter. Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) should be back in contention again this year.
This quartet will be joined by two newcomers as last year’s other nominees — Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) — are not in the running. The strongest possibilities are Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”), Rob Lowe (“Parks and Recreation”), Joel McHale (“Community”), and Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”)
Linney has won her three previous Emmy bids, making her a leading Best Comedy Actress contender for “The Big C.” However, she faces strong challenges from previous victors Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” 2008), Toni Collette (“United States of Tara,” 2009), and Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” 2010) as well as last year’s nominee Amy Poehler (“Parks & Recreation”). Another 2010 nominee, Lea Michele (“Glee”), might be on the bubble, along with Courteney Cox (“Cougar Town”), Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”).
Last year’s winner for Supporting Comedy Actress was Jane Lynch (“Glee”) and she tops our Frontrunners chart ahead of five-time primetime winner Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”) who hasn’t been nominated in this category since the 1970s for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The other nominees from last year are all eligible again: Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), and Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”). All but Taylor are likley to contend again.
The competition for Supporting Comedy Actor features an unusual number of co-stars going up against each other. That is no more apparent than with “Modern Family,” which includes last year’s winner Stonestreet, nominees Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and never-nominated Ed O’Neill. Looking to return are Golden Globe winner Chris Colfer (“Glee”), 2009 champ Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men”), and four-time nominee Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”). A few other men contending are Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Ed Helms, John Krasinski, and three-time nominee Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), previous nominees Tracy Morgan and Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), three-time nominee Kevin Dillon and three-time champ Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”), Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, and Danny Pudi (“Community”), and Oliver Platt (“The Big C”).
Use the drop-down menus to explore both sets of charts to see how your favorites fared. And use this information to make or change your predictions as to what will be nominated Thursday morning.