“Modern Family” was greedy at last year’s Emmy Awards, claiming half of the nominations in the Best Comedy Supporting Actor category for Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and eventual winner Eric Stonestreet. All three are eligible again, as is their co-star Ed O’Neill, who has never been nominated.
If all four contend, it would be the most ever for one show in this category. “Cheers” held three slots in both 1985 (Nicolas Colosanto, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt) and 1988 (Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Wendt) but none of them prevailed.
On the drama side, “Hill Street Blues” swept the category in 1982 (Michael Conrad won over co-stars Taurean Blacque, Charles Haid, Michael Warren and Bruce Weitz). And in 2002, John Spencer prevailed over three of his “West Wing” castmates — Dule Hill, Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford — as well as Victor Garber (“Alias”) and Freddie Rodriguez (“Six Feet Under”).
From last year’s nominees, Chris Colfer (“Glee“), Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother“) and 2009 champ Jon Cryer (“Two and a Half Men“) are likely to return. However, Cryer’s show is aging and has had its share of negative press in recent months, so a repeat bid is not guaranteed for him.
Three-time winner Jeremy Piven (“Entourage,” 2006, 2007, 2008) remains eligible, as do previous nominees Kevin Dillon (“Entourage,” 2007, 2008, 2009), Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock,” 2009), Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock,” 2009) and Rainn Wilson (“The Office,” 2007, 2008, 2009). Add in Emmy legends like Ted Danson (“Bored to Death”) and Edward Asner (“Working Class”) plus Oliver Platt (“The Big C”), Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari and Adam Scott (“Parks & Recreation”), Danny Pudi, Chevy Chase and Donald Glover (“Community”), Ed Helms and John Krasinksi (“The Office) and the many “Glee” boy singers for an overstuffed category ripe for a surprise or two.
Senior Editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum have many names to discuss in this video chat.