Golden Globes’ TV Comedy Actor race: Who’s in? Who’s out?

This year’s TV Comedy Actor race at the Golden Globes is no laughing matter. It’s time for a major overhaul!

Out of last year’s five nominees, only two are elible this time around: Jim Parsons and Don Cheadle. Both men are looking to add bookends to their previous wins in this category, as Parsons prevailed in 2010 for “The Big Bang Theory” and Cheadle scored in 2012 for “House of Lies.”

The other three nominees from last year — Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock“), Louis C.K. (“Louie“) and Matt LeBlanc (“Episodes“) — must sit out due to their shows’ eligibility periods. “30 Rock’s” final season didn’t air enough episodes in 2013 to meet the Golden Globes’ requirements, while “Louie” and “Episodes” took off this calendar year.

With three open slots, this year’s TV Comedy Actor race is anyone’s game. So who’s going to make the cut in the wide-open field?

According to Gold Derby’s exclusive polling of editors and users, the most likely candidates are Michael J. Fox (“Michael J. Fox Show“) with 27/10 odds and Robin Williams (“The Crazy Ones“) at 4/1 while Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development“) could contend with 20/1 odds.

Just missing the cut for the Golden Globes’ top five funny men are Jake Johnson (“New Girl“) and a pair of actors from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine“: Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.

While Fox currently has the best odds to win the TV Comedy Actor category, he faces tough competition from HFPA favorite Williams.

Williams already has four Golden Globes for acting, one for voicing the Genie from “Aladdin,” and was the Cecil B. DeMille honoree in 2005. But Fox’s chances aren’t too shabby either. He has four previous acting Globes — one for “Family Ties” (1989) and three for “Spin City” (1998-2000) — and has that underdog rooting factor that may be too hard for HFPA voters to resist.

Is this truly a race between Fox and Williams? Or could Parsons or Cheadle repeat on their recent wins? Watch our editors (Tom O’Neil, Rob Licuria, Marcus Dixon, Charles Bright and Riley Chow) slug it out our newest webchat and then vote below using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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