Beware: The Emmy race for Best Comedy Series is a cliffhanger. Sure, Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) won three out of the past four years and now currently leads Gold Derby’s racetrack odds (11/8), but watch out! That wily rascal Ricky Gervais (“Derek“) is not far behind (2/1).
Let’s not forget that Gervais pulled off a jawdropper in this contest back in 2007 when nominated for “Extras,” beating Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) and even Steve Carell, who was nommed for the U.S. version of Gervais’ trailblazing “The Office.”
Now my fellow Gold Derby Editors Chris Beachum, Paul Sheehan and I are in a real prediction pickle. Who to back? Chris and I choose Gervais. Paul plays it safe with Parsons. Who’s correct? Maybe none of us?
Watch us slug it out below. To follow along, you should know that the six nominees submitted these episodes to Emmy judges as an example of their best work from the past TV season. Contenders usually win or lose based upon how smart or stupid they are when choosing their entry.
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies” – episode “Wreckage”
Louis C.K., “Louie” – episode “Model”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek” – episode “Episode 2.6”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes” – episode “Episode 306”
William H. Macy, “Shameless” – episode “Lazarus”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” – episode “The Relationship Diremption”