To Emmy watchers, Christmas comes early with the posting of the official nominations ballot on June 6. TV academy members then have till June 24 at 5:00 pm PT to make their choices. Nominations for the 63rd annual Emmys wiil be revealed on July 14 at 5:35 am PT.
Gold Derby has been following all the Emmys races and anticipates a slew of notable newcomers on the ballot as well as the absence of some familiar faces as their shows are either gone forever or on extended hiatus making them ineligible this year. Taking a look at the lighter side first reveals the following:
Comedy Series: New laffers include “The Big C,” “Episodes,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Louie,” “Mike & Molly,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and “Raising Hope.” Six-time nominee “Curb Your Enthusiasm” did not air any new episodes while three-time contender “Two and a Half Men” was not submitted by Warner Brothers. “Monk” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine” left the air last year without ever being nominated in the top race while the departed “Ugly Betty” was a nominee for its freshman season in 2007.
Comedy Actor: New contenders include Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”), Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes”), Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”), Matthew Perry (“Mr. Sunshine”) and Rob Lowe (“Parks & Recreation”). Four-time nominee Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”) was not submitted by the studio but may have entered himself. Three-time champ Tony Shalhoub saw “Monk” sign off last year while four-time nominee Larry David did not appear in any new episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Comedy Actress: New contenders include three-time Emmy champ Laura Linney for her first regular TV role on “The Big C”, Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) and Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”). One-time winners of this race Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“The New Adventures of Old Christine,” 2006) and America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty,” 2007) saw their shows axed last season.
Comedy Supporting Actor: New contenders include Garret Dillahunt (“Raising Hope”), Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”), four-time Emmy nominee Oliver Platt (“The Big C”), Adam Scott (“Parks & Recreation”), and Mike O’Malley (who was promoted from guest star on “Glee”).
Comedy Supporting Actress: New contenders include Valerie Bertinelli (“Hot in Cleveland”), Tamsin Greig (“Episodes”), four-time drama winner Allison Janney (“Mr. Sunshine”), 10-time Emmy nominee Swoosie Kurtz (“Mike & Molly”), Jane Leeves (“Hot in Cleveland”), Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”), Amy Ryan (“The Office”), Phyllis Somerville (“The Big C”), five-time Emmy champ Betty White (“Hot in Cleveland”), and Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives”).