“Modern Family,” the three-time defending champion for Best Comedy Series, will lead the Emmy nominations this year according to the combined predictions of our experts, editors, and more than a thousand users. It is expected to win the top prize for the fourth year in a row — tying “All in the Family” and “Cheers” — in addition to two acting wins (for two-time champs Eric Stonestreet and Julie Bowen) out of seven bids.
“30 Rock” is also predicted to do well. The NBC comedy signed off this season after seven years on the air, and though it won Best Comedy three years in a row (2007-2009), it has not won an Emmy in any category since then. Nevertheless, our predictors expect farewell nominations for the series, as well as stars Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, and Jane Krakowski, while Elaine Stritch is favored to earn her fifth Comedy Guest Actress nomination and second win as Baldwin’s overbearing mother.
Returning “Arrested Development,” off the air for seven years before premiering new episodes on Netflix in May, is expected to make a triumphant Emmy comeback, with nominations for Comedy Series as well as bids for actors Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter, all previous nominees in their respective categories.
“The Big Bang Theory” is also expected to pick up another Comedy Series nomination. Two-time winner Jim Parsons will be back in the Comedy Actor race, and last year’s surprise Comedy Supporting Actress nominee Mayim Bialik will also make a return appearance, joined by expected first-time nominee Kaley Cuoco. TV legend Bob Newhart is expected to compete for his guest role on the series, and is the favorite to win, which would be the first Emmy in his illustrious career.
Below are our predicted Emmy nominees for comedy by program. Click here for our predictions by category.
Comedy Supporting Actor – Ty Burrell
Comedy Supporting Actor – Ed O’Neill
Comedy Supporting Actor – Eric Stonestreet
Comedy Supporting Actress – Julie Bowen
Comedy Supporting Actress – Sofia Vergara
Comedy Guest Actor – Matthew Broderick
Comedy Guest Actress – Elizabeth Banks
Comedy Actor – Louis C.K.
Comedy Guest Actress – Melissa Leo
Comedy Guest Actress – Parker Posey
“Saturday Night Live”
Comedy Guest Actor – Martin Short
Comedy Guest Actor – Justin Timberlake
Comedy Guest Actress – Melissa McCarthy
Comedy Guest Actress – Kristen Wiig
Comedy Actress – Lena Dunham
Comedy Guest Actor – Patrick Wilson
Comedy Actor – Jake Johnson
Comedy Actress – Zooey Deschanel
Comedy Supporting Actor – Max Greenfield
“House of Lies”
Comedy Actor – Don Cheadle
Comedy Actress – Edie Falco
“Parks and Recreation”
Comedy Actress – Amy Poehler
Comedy Actress – Julia Louis-Dreyfus