He's always going to make the list, isn't he? Baldwin is definitely a strong contender for the win, and has already picked up the prize twice before. And those rumours that he might be leaving the show after the next season might just remind Emmy voters that he deserves recognition. Jack Donaghy is a great comic creation and Baldwin is consistently great, so he's a pretty safe bet for the shortlist.
If we were betting people, Tube Talk would definitely be swaying towards putting money on Steve Carell this year. This will be his last chance to win an Emmy for The Office - can you believe he's not picked one up yet despite all those nominations? - and we have a feeling that voters might just make his day. We shouldn't make out that it's just the "goodbye" factor, though. Carell is incredibly funny and would deserve his place on the shortlist even if he'd signed up for ten more seasons.
Strangely, Rob Lowe is the only male Parks and Recreation star to submit himself for 'Lead Actor' - the others have all gone for 'Supporting'. While some of the other cast members might have had more screen time, we love the show and just want to see it represented on the shortlist, so we're more than happy to get Lowe in our picks. And Lowe has been really rather good on the show, so he has earned his place.
OK, so Louis CK is probably just playing himself on Louie, but when the result is this great who really cares? The character - whether it's largely fictional or not - is fantastic to watch and the show is a critical darling. Louis deserves the nomination just for doing something a little bit different on his series - while keeping it reliably funny.
We love Community here at Tube Talk, and Joel McHale is certainly one of the strongest parts of the show. The fact that Jeff Winger has become such an interesting character is down to him (and maybe also his great line in deadpan expressions). Plus, of course, he's fabulous at sarcasm. Community is a pretty full-on show, with all its conceptual episodes and pop culture references, but the cast is what keeps it continuously watchable. McHale is the lynchpin and definitely deserves a spot on the list.
Probably a long shot, but considering Chuck has such a devoted fanbase it would be nice to see them - and Zachary Levi - rewarded. The show's coming to an end shortly, too, and it would be good for it to go out in style. Levi is also a great comic actor, switching between the humour and drama with ease, and has kept the show grounded throughout its twists and turns. Oh, and Chuck's changed a lot throughout the series but he still fundamentally seems like the same person. What Levi does is possibly underestimated.
I wouldn't mind seeing Matt LeBlanc make the shortlist for Episodes (which I actually thought was a funny show, despite some pretty rubbish reviews). He was wonderfully self-deprecating. His Friends co-star Matthew Perry is also one of Tube Talk's favourites, but whether he can get on the list for the little-watched and already axed Mr Sunshine is another matter. Lucas Neff has been cutely wide-eyed on Raising Hope and is an excellent new discovery, while The Big Bang Theory stars Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki will always be fan favourites (with Parsons just edging it, probably). Matthew Morrison has a good chance simply by virtue of being in the juggernaut that is Glee. Finally, Jason Schwartzman has been a great performer on Bored To Death and could make it onto the list.
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