“Will & Grace” is leaving no guest actor behind when it come to the Emmys. As Gold Derby exclusively revealed, the show is submitting a whopping 13 people in Best Comedy Guest Actor, which is 1) ill-advised and 2) could backfire.
The 13 actors are Michael Angarano, Alec Baldwin, Barry Bostwick, Dan Bucatinsky, Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Max Greenfield, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Robert Klein, Nick Offerman, Ben Platt and Andrew Rannells. Maybe the show didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving someone out, but awards are all about strategy. There are only six slots and it’s entering more than double that. You don’t want to cancel yourself out.
Maybe it also thinks it’s still the mid-2000s, when “Will & Grace” could fill up the Best Comedy Guest Actor category almost by itself; it achieved that in 2005, taking four of five slots and getting a win for Cannavale.
But TV has drastically changed since then. There are literally 500 shows now and new blood at the Emmys every year. Besides, we all know “Saturday Night Live” hosts are voters’ pets in the comedy guest races now. “SNL,” for the record, is submitting eight people in guest actor, one more than “Will & Grace” is submitting in guest actress. (Speaking of strategy, Baldwin opted to go supporting instead of guest for “SNL” so he wouldn’t cancel himself out in guest.)
Obviously all 13 of these guys can’t be nominated, but how many do you think “Will & Grace” can get in? Or has it shot itself in the foot here?
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