OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
All of these shows have a decent shot at winning, with the exception of The Office. But with it's freshness and high appeal, Modern Family will pull through.
WILL WIN: Modern Family
SHOULD WIN: Curb Your Enthusiasm
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Oh, how I wish Jim Parsons could win this category. Actually, Parsons does stand a chance but his main problem is in the form of Tony Shalhoub. Shalhoub is nominated for the final season of Monk, the show which has netted him three of these trophies in the past. Shalhoub submitted the two-hour series finale where his character finally solves the mystery of his wife's murder. It may not be that funny (or well-written for that matter) but it definitely packs an emotional punch which will probably linger with voters.
WILL WIN: Tony Shalhoub, Monk
SHOULD WIN: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
The race really comes down to Collette, Falco and Fey and all submitted wonderful episodes. Collette's show just doesn't have enough traction with people and the buzz that 30 Rock has been riding has been riding thin. But with her portrayal of a tough nurse in the pilot episode of Nurse Jackie, Falco should have this one in the bag.
WILL WIN: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
SHOULD WIN: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
OUTSTANDING SUPPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
This race boils down to three people, Burrell and Stonestreet from Modern Family and Colfer from Glee. Colfer's episode was a stellar choice showing him trying to win affection from his father by butching up his act and when that fails he launches into an amazing rendition of "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy. Burrell's last minute switch from the episode "Game Changer" to "Up All Night" put him back in competition in this category with his hilarious squeels of pain and Stonestreet submits an episode, "Fizbo", where he is literally a clown. Burrell and Stonestreet could split the Modern Family vote, giving Colfer the win, but I think it's far more likely for Stonestreet to win. I mean, I can't imagine anybody watching the scene with him and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the gas station and not laughing so hard tears are in their eyes.
WILL WIN: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
SHOULD WIN: Chris Colfer, Glee
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
One of the few moments that will make Gleeks everywhere happy is when this category is presented. With her submission of the "Power of Madonna" episode, Jane Lynch is almost assured to take home the Emmy gold we all knew she deserved ever since this character first came on our television screens. But, Bowen could upset with her brilliant entry of the Valentine's Day episode. She gets a welcome break of playing the "straight" character when she gets her overcoat caught in an escelator... with nothing on underneath. Vergara would be in this race if she hadn't picked an episode where she has nothing to do in it.
WILL WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee
SHOULD WIN: Jane Lynch, Glee
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
After losing the Emmy for Supporting Actor last year, and with his chances looking dim this year, Emmy voters could finally use this to reward NPH. But being a comedy legend and an ingenious bit of casting as the father of Ty Burrell's character, Fred Willard will take this one home for his guest spot on Modern Family.
WILL WIN: Fred Willard, Modern Family
SHOULD WIN: Neil Patrick Harris, Glee
OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
This category completely belongs to Betty White and no one will topple her in this.
WILL WIN: Betty White, Saturday Night Live
SHOULD WIN: Betty White, Saturday Night Live
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
This one boils down to the pilots of either Glee or Modern Family. Even though Modern Family took the DGA prize in television over Glee, I think Ryan Murphy as a hot commodity will prevail. But, honestly, either outcome wouldn't surprise me.
WILL WIN: Glee, "Pilot - Director's Cut", Directed by Ryan Murphy
SHOULD WIN: Glee, "Pilot - Director's Cut", Directed by Ryan Murphy
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
Glee will never win a writing award because the show is just too ridiculous. Expect this one to go to the brains behind Modern Family.
WILL WIN: Modern Family, "Pilot", Written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd
SHOULD WIN: Modern Family, "Pilot", Written by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd