Emmy predictions: Tituss Burgess (‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) projected to win with 6-to-5 odds

Tituss Burgess Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmy Award Comedy Supporting Actor

While Tituss Burgess plays a struggling actor in the new comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," his actual career is on fire. He is projected to win his first Emmy Award with 6/5 odds as Best Comedy Supporting Actor at Sunday's ceremony.

In the Netflix program, Burgess plays Titus Andromedon, an aspiring but down-on-his-luck Broadway performer. His episode submission, "Kimmy Goes to School," is the sixth of the debut season. In it, Titus shoots an outlandish music video in Jaqueline's house, while Kimmy is disappointed by her GED class.

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Close behind in the second spot is Tony Hale ("Veep") at 14/5. This is the third straight Emmy nomination for Hale, who won this category in 2013 for playing Gary Walsh, the loyal aide to President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). In his episode, "East Wing," the president's staff is preparing for a state visit from the Israeli prime minister. After years of verbal abuse heaped on him, Gary finally loses his cool and lets his real feelings be known.

Two-time champ Ty Burrell is also very competitive in this tight race with 4/1 odds for "Modern Family." Burrell won this category in 2011 and 2014 for playing eager-to-please dad Phil Dunphy in the ABC comedy. This is his sixth consecutive nomination, and in his episode, "Crying Out Loud," Phil, Haley and Luke are more interested in Alex's senior ditch day than she is.

In the fourth position is Andre Braugher with 25/1 odds for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." This year marks the ninth career Emmy nomination for Braugher and the second in a row in this category. He is a two-time past winner for "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1998) and "Thief" (2006). He plays Captain Ray Holt in the Fox comedy, and in his episode, "The Mole," Captain Holt and Jake try to find a mole in their precinct before Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) hears about it.

Sketch performer Keegan-Michael Key is next in fifth place with 50/1 odds for "Key and Peele." Last year, Key reaped a writing nomination for the variety show and has five total bids this time for producing, writing, and performing. In his episode, "Sex Detective," the sketches include a respected sex-crimes detective who uses unconventional means to solve a case, an action hero who rescues his girlfriend, and a frozen yogurt store employee who indulges in too many samples.

The last spot is held by Adam Driver with 100/1 odds for "Girls." This is his third straight Emmy nomination for playing aspiring actor Adam Sackler in the HBO comedy. His submission is "Close-Up," which finds his character now living with Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs), who informs him that she has aborted their child. He furiously packs up to move away but ultimately stays.

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Photo: Tituss Burgess in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Credit: Netflix
 

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