For the next few weeks, I’ll be reviewing the nominees in the major categories. When it comes to the performers in comedy or drama series, I will be discussing their episode submissionsas well as their performance on the show as a whole. There are some shows I haven’t really watched; so in some situations, the only way I’ll be able to judge a performer is by the submission solely (I’ll make it clear what those shows are.) So be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly for my picks on who should win…
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Here are the nominees:
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm (“Palestinian Chicken”)
Jon Cryer – Two and a Half Men (“Frodo’s Headshots”)
Louis CK – Louie (“Duckling”)
Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory (“The Werewolf Transformation”)
Don Cheadle – House of Lies (“Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments”)
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (“Live From Studio 6H”)
I don’t watch “Two and a Half Men” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm” regularly. This was the first episode of “House of Lies” I had ever watched.
Who Should Win: OK. Let’s start at with 6th…At 6th is Jon Cryer. I can never get too angry when he gets nominated (over and over again!) because I think Cryer is an overall good comedic actor. It’s not him that’s bad. It’s the show he’s on. However, it doesn’t matter. He probably gets a higher salary than the other nominees at this point. So…does he really need an Emmy to go with that multi million dollar salary? No. So let’s not vote for him.
Jim Parsons is a great actor and I truly love his work on the show…but I wish the writers had developed his character more. And it’s so strange that he didn’t submit the episode where his character develops in the slightest (like “The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition” where he gets into a “relationship with Amy) and instead submits an episode where he’s afraid of getting a haircut. Parsons is great, but it’s the same schtick we’ve seen over and over again. I’m not sure if I like the idea of him getting a third Emmy…
Especially when you have Louis CK on the ballot. I wouldn’t have chosen “Duckling” for Louis CK, but it’s still better than pretty much anything behind him. CK has two really strong moments in the episode. His most dramatic moment is when he’s on a helicopter and the helicopter begins to combust and Louie freaks out and fears for his life. And the second moment is his hilarious stand up routine he first performs for the troops (the guy is sort of obsessed with sex…so he’s a man). If the voters want to vote for a funny performance, then they can still vote for CK because that comedy routine is among the funniest moments of the year.
Right behind Louis CK is Larry David, someone who has been overdue for a while now. I’m not regular viewer of the show, but “Palestinian Chicken” is a comedy episode that really stands out, David is at the center of it. Rounding out the my 3 and 4 spots are Don Cheadle and Alec Baldwin respectively. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed “House of Lies” (and I’m thankful Cheadle submitted the show’s first episode so I was never confused or anything). The episode itself isn’t perfect and I’m not sure if the “breaking the 4th wall” bits were effective, but Cheadle is a nice looking lead with a nice looking butt so…whatevs, I’ll put him 3rd. And Alec Baldwin is Alec Baldwin. He’s awesome.He submitted a fun episode (the live one) and he got to play multiple characters. He does a great job…but I wouldn’t say the funniest moments from the episode included him.
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