Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) won the Emmy for Best Comedy Actor a record four times, but he’s been missing in action from the awards for the last five years. However, this is the last year of “Big Bang” after 12 seasons, so Emmy voters might be feeling sentimental after the show leaves the airwaves in May. Will he get a farewell nomination? Could he even get a record-breaking farewell win?
As of this writing Parsons is an underdog in our combined predictions with 58/1 odds, but two of the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets say Parsons will return to the fold: Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine). It wasn’t too long ago that Parsons was unshakable in the Best Comedy Actor category. He earned six straight bids from 2009-2014, winning in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. That tied him with Carroll O’Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer for the most victories in that race, but the TV academy dropped him the year after his last win.
There could be room for Parsons to stage a comeback this year, though. Not only could he get a bump from farewell sentiment for “Big Bang,” he could also benefit from two absences. Last year’s nominees Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) won’t have any new episodes airing in this eligibility period, so those slots are up for grabs while Bill Hader (“Barry”), Ted Danson (“The Good Place”), Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) and William H. Macy (“Shameless”) are eligible to make return appearances.
Those two Emmy Experts aren’t the only ones who think Parsons will return. So do four of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Emmy nominations, as well as two of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations predictions. Are they right that we’re underestimating him, or have the voters moved on for good?
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