Emmy predictions: Sean Hayes (‘Will & Grace’) slinks into Best Comedy Supporting Actor lead

Just Jack just dethroned Titus Andromedon. Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) had been on top of our Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy odds for the past month, but Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) has snuck by him into the lead. They both have 4/1 odds, but Hayes’ overall ranking on ballots has given him the ever-so-slight edge.

Among those backing Hayes for the win are Expert Eric Deggans (NPR), Editors Paul Sheehan, Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, and six Top 24 Users. Burgess is the top choice for Experts Adnan Virk (ESPN), Ben Travers (IndieWire), Chris Harnick (E!) and myself, Editor Matt Noble and 14 Top 24 Users.

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Hayes, who received a Critics’ Choice nomination for “Will & Grace” 2.0, is seeking his second win in the category after winning in 2000, the same year the show took Best Comedy Series honors. He’d be the ninth person own two statuettes in the category.

Burgess is still awaiting his first win. Since “Kimmy Schmidt” doesn’t return until May 30, the day before the Emmy deadline, with only the first six episodes of Season 4, he’s riding on his reputation and Emmy history right now. The scene-stealer is the only “Kimmy Schmidt” star to have been nominated every season so far.

Rounding out the top six are 2016 champ Louis Anderson (“Baskets,” 5/1 odds), reigning champ Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” 15/2 odds), Marc Maron (“GLOW,” 15/2 odds) and Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta,” 12/1 odds).

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