Should Jake Johnson go Lead for ‘New Girl’?

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  • Tom O’Neil
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    #272212

    Jake Johnson has had such strong story lines on New Girl this past season that he might consider leaping up to the lead Emmy race. Good idea? Bad idea? Remember, last year a lot of folks thought Jon Cryer was crazy for moving up to lead but he won, of course. And there’s this to consider — there will surely be another traffic jam of “Modern Family” nominees taking over supporting. Plus New Girl’s Max Greenfield might get in again like he did last year. What makes for the best STRATEGY for Jake?

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    vinny
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    #272214

    I think he should jump to lead but saying that I don’t know if he would get nominated this year. Maybe next year.

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    Denis
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    That’s very difficult to say, but because of Modern Family and only for that, I think he would have better chances submitting in Lead, because in that category he already has Greenfield which will not be dropped by voters that easily imo, so, even if he shines as supporting, he should go lead.

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    Junk
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    Yes, leap up to Lead. He has had great storylines this season, and can be considered the co-lead with Zooey especially now with the budding love story.

    Max Greenfield is the MVP of New Girl for me each and every episode. If any guy’s getting nominated in Supporting from this show, it’s this guy. I would even say he’s competitive for the win. Lamorne Morris has also been on fire as well. I actually prefer Morris more than Johnson.

    For the show in general, it was a huge bounce back from season 1, much much funnier and well written overall. Deserves the Series, Writing, Directing (“Parking Spot”) noms along with almost guaranteed noms for Deschanel and Greenfield.

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    taloson
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    #272217

    I think he should, even though its still an ensemble-style show he has the most screentime and storylines, even more than Deschanel in some episodes.  I doubt he’ll be nominated but he has a better chance in lead than what has become the “Best Supporting Actor in Modern Family” category.

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    Teproc
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    Hadn’t considered it, but he very well could. He’s far and away the MVP of the show, and the extra focus on him has also made Zooey Deschanels character better. He has a bunch of strong submissions too. He would definitely be in the race for a nomination, although not sure to get one.

    So yes, I think he should. 

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    #272219

    To be honest the past season has focused a lot on Jake Johnson’s character. Dare I suggest it’s a mild conflict him going lead when his two other male co-stars are support, perhaps, but there are tapes to support the idea of him going lead, like the episode ‘Pepperwood’.

    If this was last year, with a weaker lead actor category (this year Cheadle’s here to stay, LeBlanc returns, Bateman has a last shot and then there’s Cryer) and more Modern Family support where all 4 men were locks, then yes. I’d say have said go lead for sure.

    However this year I think support for Modern Family, though there, isn’t strong enough to get all 4 back in supporting. Maybe JTF or Ed O’Neil goes, and as I said before, lead comedy actor could be a bit difficult to crack into. All said and done, I think pushing for lead could just do it, this show has buzz, and the season that New Girl’s had is worthy of a series nomination, but that’s wishful thinking.

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    Alijah Purdy
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    #272220

    I don’t know if leaping up to lead would help him or hurt him. Lead Actor, for the first time in YEARS, is very competitive, with people like Alec Baldwin, Jason Bateman, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Don Cheadle, Jon Cryer, Jim Parsons, and Louis CK. Right now, I would say the locks in that category are Baldwin, Cryer, Parsons and CK, with Le Blanc being close to a lock. That’s already 5 slots taken right there, then you have Don Cheadle who was nominated last year and recently won the Golden Globe. You have Jason Bateman who was nominated for this same role, and is starring in an Emmy-favorite show that is coming back  after a 6 year hiatus. And Matthew Perry who, despite a ratings and buzz decline for his show, is still a previous nominee and has a baity role.

    Whereas in supporting actor, you have 4 slots taken up by the MF men, then possibly Max Greenfield, which still leaves open that 6th spot. I don’t feel that Bill Hader has enough buzz to make it back in, so Johnson could fight it out with 1 of the three or four men from Arrested Development for that last slot.

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    #272221

    We recently had this discussion in the “New Girl” thread. Jake M. Johnson has been on fire this season, and the show itself has earned a slot in Comedy Series. He has a couple episodes to choose from where he’s very leadish. At times things basically became “The Zany Adventures of Jess and Nick.” So in that sense, if one of those episodes was submitted, he would be as competitive in lead actor in a comedy series as most of the others running. I don’t know if that’s the right “message” to send though, since I think the show was always envisioned to be a Zooey Deschanel starring vehicle alone, and maybe they don’t want to promote more than one lead. But the “Modern Family” logjam is going to cripple him in supporting actor in a comedy series if voters aren’t letting any of those returning guys go. Max Greenfield is always going to get first dibs at the “New Girl” slot, and there might not be room for Johnson too. I don’t see Bill Hader making it back in, so ideally Greenfield and Johnson have the best chances they’ve ever had of being in the category together in supporting. I’d be glad to see that happen, or have a completely new contender emerge instead (like Adam Driver, for example). The supporting actor placement is safer for him, but strategy-wise, if Johnson wants to play his cards with the big boys in lead actor comedy, then I guess why not try it and see what happens. It would be more fitting for Johnson than any of the “Modern Family” men.

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    I think he should jump to lead. I wouldn’t say his chance of making it in is particularly strong, as the ratings and buzz have gone down. But he’s had a fantastic season and a move to lead is deserved and would both give him a slightly higher chance of being nominated and would prevent a vote split between him and Greenfield in supporting.

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    I definitely agree that he’s been a lead in terms of screen time/presence this season.  Recently I was watching and thinking how the show no longer really feels like it’s about Zooey Deschanel’s character all that much, and it’s mostly because they’ve focused so much on Johnson’s along with her.  It’s an interesting transition, especially considering that Max Greenfield was the breakout last season and is beginning to seem more and more marginalized. 

    Anyway, I have a hard time seeing Johnson get into either race, and he more belongs in lead, but I think strategically, the supporting category gives him a better shot.  thesmartone is right: the lead race is stacked with guys who it’s very unlikely Johnson could get past, while supporting has fewer spots that feel available but also fewer strong competitors for those spots.

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    #272224

    I wouldn’t compare him to Jon Cryer (who was nominted seven straight years in supporting before his transition on a show with much more attention, both b/c of the higher ratings and the Sheen shinanigans) but to Garret Dilahunt. Garret jumped from supporting to lead, but the switch was futile.

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    Denis
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    #272225

    Raising Hope never had the same success that New Girl has at the moment, that will help a lot Johnson, which didn’t happen unfortunately for the fantastic Dilahunt.

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    #272226

    What success is that exactly? The only episode I’ve heard any buzz about is the kiss which brought them back to solid ratings for the first time in awhile, before falling back down.

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    #272227

    It’s not the worst idea ever. However I still don’t think he would be nominated if he shifted to lead. Cryer’s situation was a bit different, he was always technically co-lead with Sheen. It has always been pretty clear that Deschanel is the sole lead. 

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