2014 Emmy Picks: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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With the Emmy Awards airing tonight on NBC, I wanted to share my picks and predictions for what actors and series should win and will win in the five major categories for both drama and comedy. Now, for my choices of who should win, I must pick someone who has been nominated. I, for example, cannot write-in Tatiana Maslany as a pick for Lead Actress, even though I think she is most deserving, because she did not receive an Emmy nomination. Also, while I’ve seen a lot of the shows and actors who are nominated for Emmys, I have not seen all of them, so some of my judgments may be limited by what I have or have not seen.

Since I looked at all the major drama categories on Friday, I’ll be focusing on the comedy ones today to see who has the best shot at winning the Emmy for Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, and Comedy Series. Since I’ve already given my thoughts on the Lead Actress race, let’s take a look at Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.


Louis CK, Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

William H. Macy, Shameless

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Should win: Louie CK, Louie

I only had the chance to watch two episodes of Louie this season, and one of them was the fourth season premiere, “Model,” which is the episode that Louie CK submitted to Emmy voters. Submitting “Model” was a brilliant choice by CK, because not only does it show off his writing, directing, and editing chops but it truly does showcase his talent as a comedic actor. In every scene he’s in, especially those with the titular model, played by Yvonne Strahovski, CK is funny in so many different ways. He’s awkward or witty or just plain goofy, and throughout all of “Model,” he had me laughing so hard that I often had to pause the episode so that I wouldn’t miss the next line. For this episode alone, not to mention everything else he did on Louie this year, CK deserves the win in this category.

Will win: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Apparently, while I loathe The Big Bang Theory for being, in my opinion, purely average while being praised as extraordinary, pretty much no one else on the planet agrees with me. And that is why Parsons, who is a very good actor and received two Emmy nods this year (one for Big Bang and one for The Normal Heart), will win again just like he did last year and earn his fourth Emmy for the role of Sheldon Cooper. The only person that I could possibly see Emmy voters choosing instead is Louie CK, but that’s a very, very slim possibility.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (chris@tvovermind.com).
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