Ed O’Neill, Chris Colfer nix Emmys bump to Best Comedy Actor

With Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) absent from this year’s Best Comedy Actor contenders pool, Emmy experts wondered if last year’s Supporting also-ran Chris Colfer (“Glee”) and the snubbed Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”) would enter this race instead. However, Gold Derby has learned from the production company 20th Century Fox Television that the two men are submitting themselves once more as featured players.

O’Neill went without an Emmy nod during his 11-year tenure on “Married With Children.” While that show remained a ratings champ, it was always dismissed by the critics. Last year, with “Modern Family,” O’Neill landed a show that was hit with both the public and the industry. However, he was the only one of the six adults on “Modern Family” to go without an Emmy bid last year. His humility at submitting himself as a supporting player pitted him against his younger co-stars. Three of them — Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and eventual winner Eric Stonestreet — earned Best Supporting Actor bids while O’Neill was left off the list.

Chris Colfer did contend in that race for the first season of “Glee.” Since that loss last fall, he picked up the Golden Globe in the competitive catch-all supporting category, edging out, among others, Stonestreet. As his role on “Glee” has expanded this season, with more substantial storylines and screentime, Colfer could contend legitimately in lead alongside Matthew Morrison. However, he has demurred.

The studio is also producing a new laffer “Raising Hope.” This hit show features two funny ladies who could have contended in the Supporting Comedy Actress category. But Martha Plimpton, who plays the grandmother of the title character, is making a play for a lead nomination while all-time Emmy champ Cloris Leachman, who steals scene as Plimpton’s grandmother, is submitting herself as a Guest Comedy Actress. Two of her record eight Primetime Emmy wins came in that category for appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” in 2002 and 2005.

The entire 20th Century Fox Television slate of Emmy contenders includes:

“American Dad”
Animated Series
Voiceover Performance: Scott Grimes

“The Chicago Code”
Drama Series
Drama Actor: Jason Clarke
Drama Actress: Jennifer Beals

“The Cleveland Show”
Animated Series
Voiceover Performance: Mike Henry, Sanaa Lathan, Jason Sudeikis

“Family Guy”
Comedy Series
Voiceover Performance: Alex Borstein, Seth MacFarlane

Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Matthew Morrison
Comedy Actress: Lea Michele
Comedy Supporting Actor: Max Adler, Chris Colfer, Cory Monteith, Mike O’Malley, Chord Overstreet, Mark Salling
Comedy Supporting Actress: Dianna Agron, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera
Comedy Guest Actor: Darren Criss
Comedy Guest Actress: Carol Burnett, Kristin Chenoweth, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charice Pempengco

“How I Met Your Mother”
Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Josh Radnor
Comedy Supporting Actor: Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel
Comedy Supporting Actress: Alyson Hannigan, Cobie Smulders
Comedy Guest Actor: Jorge Garcia, John Lithgow
Comedy Guest Actress: Jennifer Morrison

“Modern Family”
Comedy Series
Comedy Supporting Actor: Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Eric Stonestreet
Comedy Supporting Actress: Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara
Comedy Guest Actor: Matt Dillon, James Marsden
Comedy Guest Actress: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Celia Weston

“Raising Hope”
Comedy Series
Comedy Actor: Lucas Neff
Comedy Actress: Martha Plimpton
Comedy Supporting Actor: Garret Dillahunt
Comedy Supporting Actress: Shannon Woodward
Comedy Guest Actress: Cloris Leachman

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