2013 Emmy Nominations Review (Lead Actor in a Comedy Series) – Who Should Win?
For the next few weeks I will be reviewing the nominations of all the major categories. For the Drama and Comedy categories, the actors will have to choose one episode that represents their best performance for Emmy consideration. I will use these episode submissions (along with some other factors) to determine who I believe deserves the Emmy the most. Bookmark this website or subscribe to be updated on new posts and categories.
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Here are the nominees for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series…
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (“A Goon’s Deed in a Weary World”)
Jason Bateman – Arrested Development (“Flight of the Phoenix”)
Matt LeBlanc – Episodes (“Episode 202″)
Don Cheadle – House of Lies (“Hostile Takeover”)
Louis CK – Louie (“Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 1″)
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (“The Habitation Configuration”)
I do not watch House of Lies or The Big Bang Theory regularly.
Oof. This category is just overflowing with underwhelming submissions. In fact, there are only two actors whom I believe (probably) submitted their best episode. Jim Parsons submitted a lively episode where his character, Sheldon, is caught in the middle of a feud between his hero Wil Wheaton and his girlfriend. Its a nice episode that gives him a couple scenes where he gets to act all drunk and goofy. But…like most the characters and situations on the show, Sheldon is just so one-dimensional. I don’t think he should win a third Emmy until his character shows some serious growth, despite an overall strong submission. The producers will never do that, by the way, because when a show is number 1 in ratings, why fix it? (Sometimes I hate the entertainment business.)
The other actor who submitted a great episode is Jason Bateman, who is my number 1 choice to win. You know, I was surprised that Arrested Development did so bad at the Emmys this year (especially compared to the other Netflix show House of Cards). The show only got three nominations, no writing, directing, or Series nominations, and Jason Bateman was the only actor from the huge cast to get recognition. It’s surprising and not surprising at the same time because while I thought season 4 was really funny and endearingly inventive, other fans didn’t much think so. However, if the show could only be given one major nomination, I’m glad it went to Jason Bateman, who, IMO, was the heart and soul of the season, having appeared in nearly every episode and having had most of the season’s arcs center around his character. He submitted the season premiere – an episode I actually really liked, particularly the last few minutes when Michael, who has been staying at his son’s college dorm, is voted out by the other roommates. He then spends the last few minutes buying a cheap plane ticket so he can read an article about himself in the in-flight magazine. I’ve always thought Bateman was underrated…I think it’s time for him to get an Emmy.
On the end of the spectrum is Don Cheadle who…submitted the worst episode in this category. It’s disappointing because I’ve only seen the first four or five episodes of the first season. I actually liked the episodes and his performance. He actually had a great tape last year. Despite not watching much of the second season, I was hoping that he would still have a solid tape I could sink my teeth into. Instead…he isn’t particularly funny. His big “dramatic” moment towards the end isn’t very poignant (especially to someone who admittedly doesn’t fully understand what’s going on in the first place). His only noteworthy moment is his reaction to the pussy-scented perfume from one of his clients to Jeannie (“Is everything OK down there?”). Otherwise…I don’t get it.
And then there are the other three nominees…nominees I was, at one point, really rooting for. The idea of Alec Baldwin winning a third Emmy didn’t initially excite me…but it would have been a lot easier to swallow that inevitable win had he just submitted “My Whole Life is Thunder”…or “Game Over”…or even the series finale. Baldwin has always been an interesting, quirky submitter (sometimes his strategy works like when he won for his season 2 submission “Rosemary’s Baby” despite having limited screen time / no story line, just a really funny scene where he plays multiple characters)…but in this case, it doesn’t make much sense. Maybe he purposely submitted a bad tape like he did a couple years ago when he wanted Steve Carell to win. But Jim Parsons ended up winning that year. And I feel like this year, by allegedly submitting a weak reel, Baldwin is going to allow Jim Parsons to receive one more Emmy than him…despite Baldwin (overall) giving the better, funnier, more layered performance.
Oh…I should probably talk about the episode Baldwin submitted. He submitted the episode right before the hour long finale where Jack decides to give Kenneth the job as the president of NBC. The scene is really sweet to be honest. But…the story line as a whole is overshadowed by Liz trying to save her show (PS – after at least 100 views, that “Bro Body Douche” scene still cracks me the fudge up. Why wasn’t Matt Oberg nominated for an Emmy?) and finally meeting her adopted children. Even in Jack’s storyline, Jack McBrayer really shines in that. Again…there were better, more emotional episodes he could have submitted.
And then there are my babies : Matt LeBlanc and Louis CK. I guess now that Jason Bateman has stolen my heart, I don’t even have to attempt to choose from those two. Overall, the episodes they submitted don’t represent the great work they did during their season. CK submitted “Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 1″ even though his “Late Show” trilogy exists. Even if he could only submit part 2 or 3 of that episode, it still would have been better than what we were given. There are even some “singular” episodes that I truly believe are stronger. The same can go for Matt LeBlanc whose episode revolves around him trying to get in Bev and Sean’s good graces again by buying them a car. I think an episode that showed more of his vulnerability (like the episode where his role on the show is cut down, or an episode where he’s insecure over his aging, or even the season finale) would have been stronger. “Episode 202″ was just…OK. It was enjoyable because it’s “Episodes,” but the episode never really stood out.
Sigh…so much disappointment in this category.
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