Even before last year's Emmy nominations were announced, we had Jim Parsons pegged to win his fourth Comedy Actor Emmy for his deadpan turn on "The Big Bang Theory." And we predicted three of the other five fellows who would be in the running for this award: Louis C.K. ("Louie"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") and Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes").
However, we did not tap William H. Macy ("Shameless") and Ricky Gervais ("Derek") for nominations, ranking them in seventh and ninth place respectively. Rather, we were expecting Golden Globes champ Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") and the late Robin Williams ("The Crazy Ones") to reap bids.
This year, we are predicting that Parson, C.K., LeBlanc and Macy will be back in the race. But we have Cheadle just missing the cut, ranking him in seventh. And Gervais is ineligible, with the final episode of "Derek" contending as a telefilm. So, who do we expect to contend instead?
Right now, we are predicting that two veterans will reap bids for their freshman laffers. We have Jeffrey Tambor winning for his seriocomic turn in "Transparent" and Billy Crystal reaping his first Emmy bid for acting for playing an exaggerated version of himself in "The Comedians."
But could we be missing out on one or more funny fellows? After all, the field is so wide-open. Before making your Comedy Actor predictions at the bottom of this post, consider the merits of these 10 men too:
1. Don Cheadle ("House of Lies"): He contended for each of the first two seasons of this comedy about cut-throat consultants but was snubbed last year. However, his series is still well-regarded as is this one-time Oscar nominee. He has odds of 25/1.
2. Will Forte ("The Last Man on Earth"): This one-time "Saturday Night Live" star was a nominee at the Critics' Choice TV Awards for his deft performance as the title character who discovers he is not as alone as he thought. This wry comedy springs from the minds of "The Lego Movie" creators Phil Lord and Chris Miller. He has odds of 50/1.
4. Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"): The leading man of last year's surprise Comedy Series nominee could ride the continuing wave of affection for the show to his first nomination. He has odds of 100/1.
5. Andy Samberg ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine"): Yes, he was snubbed last year. But sometimes it takes Emmy voters an year to catch on to a show and its stars. He has odds of 100/1.
6. Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory"): He reaped his only bid to date in 2011. However, his recent Critics' Choice nomination shone the spotlight on him at just the right time. He has odds of 100/1.
7. Adam Scott ("Parks and Recreation"): Amy Poehler, is the only one of the "Parks and Rec" cast to contend at the Emmys. But with the long-running series signing off, he could get a farewell hug. He has odds of 100/1.
8. Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men"): He won this award in 2012 following star Charlie Sheen's much-publicized departure, having previously taken home the supporting prize in 2009. Could he make it a hat trick for the 12th and final season? He has odds of 100/1.
9. Matthew Perry ("The Odd Couple"): In the 10-year run of "Friends," he only contended once (2002). Since then he has reaped bids for a recurring role on "The West Wing" (2003, 2004) and the 2007 TV Movie "The Ron Clark Story." Now, he takes on the iconic role of Oscar Madison that won Jack Klugman a pair of Emmys for the original TV run. He has odds of 100/1.
10. John Goodman ("Alpha House"): He lost all seven of his bids in this race for "Roseanne," winning his only Emmy for a guest spot on Perry's series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." He headlines this deft political satire created by Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury"). He has odds of 100/1.
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