Four more days until we find out who gets to take home the Emmy in all our favorite categories. With the somewhat surprising nominations thrown in with the usual predictions, it should be an interesting night with some surprising winners. Today, we're going to look at the actors and actresses nominated in the comedy category as well as my predictions and snubs. After you read them, be sure to leave a comment with yours.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jason Bateman - Arrested Development
Ray Romano - Everybody Loves Raymond
Tony Shaloub - Monk
Zach Braff - Scrubs
Eric McCormack - Will & Grace
WHO WILL WIN: This is going to be a tight race between two nominees. Jason Bateman won the Golden Globe this year for his role as Michael Bluth, but I don't see this being his year for an Emmy win. Zach Braff is a first time nominee, so I think the Academy will overlook him this year since Scrubs received its first major nominations as well. Eric McCormack won in 2001, but his show is past its glory days. That leaves Ray Romano and Tony Shaloub. Shaloub is very funny as Monk, but the show had a down year. He won this category back in 2003, but I don't see him taking home a second statue this year. Ray Romano won in 2002, and his show said goodbye this season. I think the Academy will reward Romano for a final year well done.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Zach Braff should take home the award, but his competition is just too fierce. Braff has been plugging away at Scrubs for four seasons with little recognition mainly because NBC failed to place the show in a consistent timeslot. Braff can mold his face into a variety of expressions, and each one is just as hysterical. He pulls off the physical and verbal comedy perfectly.
WHO GOT SNUBBED: Not so much a snub, but more of a surprise that neither Charlie Sheen nor Jon Cryer received nominations. Two and a Half Men is CBS's second most popular comedy, and it's getting the prime Raymond slot this season. I wouldn't be surprised if we see one or both of these actors in this category next year.
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Marcia Cross - Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher - Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Patricia Heaton - Everybody Loves Raymond
Jane Kaczmarek - Malcolm in the Middle
WHO WILL WIN: I know, it's a Desperate Housewives invasion, and I'm not even going to get into the whole "it's a comedy, no it's a drama" debate. The show entered itself in the comedy category, so here we are with three nominees from the same show. Normally, I would assume that they would all cancel each other out, but not with this category. Housewives has received oodles of critical praise and viewers, and it's too much of a behemoth to not win these big categories. Patricia Heaton has an edge because her show finished its run this season, and Jane Kaczmarek has been nominated so many times, and never won, that she's heading into Susan Lucci territory, but this award belongs to a housewife. The only question is, which one? Everybody wants to defer to Teri Hatcher since she won the Golden Globe, but a Globe win does not an Emmy win make (as they say). I think the Academy will choose between Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, with Cross coming out victorious for her mesmerizing portrayal of Bree.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Definitely Felicity Huffman. She's the most layered member of the cast, and she has the uncanny ability to make Lynette relatable and totally outrageous at the same time. One minute you're laughing at her hysterical antics (walking into Mary Alice's pool with high heels and a dress to fetch her unruly boys at Mary Alice's memorial service), and the next you're shocked at how low she would stoop (using Parker's shaved head misunderstanding as an opportunity to get her boys in the gym's daycare). Huffman has a wide range to her talent, and she deserves to finally get some recognition.
WHO GOT SNUBBED: Most notably, Gilmore Girls' Lauren Graham. Graham has done a fantastic job for five seasons. She suffers from the same problem as supporting actor in a drama snubbed actor Tom Amandes because both their shows are on the Academy ignored WB. Like Amandes, it's a shame to not see Graham's name on this list. Hopefully, the Academy will wise up and take notice of the amazing talent on the WB and UPN. Another snub, although slight, goes to Eva Longoria. The only reason I mention her is because her role on Desperate Housewives is pure comedy. Since the show is in the comedy category, it makes more sense to have her included as well.
Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Portia de Rossi, Jesse L. Martin, Conan O'Brien, and The Blue Man Group are the latest additions to the list of presenters for Sunday's live 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS.
*Premiering Tonight!!! Just one show making its debut tonight, and it's Fox's new legal show Head Cases starring Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg. O'Donnell's character leaves his high-brow law firm after suffering a nervous breakdown and joins a low-rent one that focuses on underdog cases. There, he meets Goldberg's character, who suffers from manic outbursts. Head Cases airs tonight at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.
*Programming Alert! President Bush's address to the nation regarding Hurricane Katrina is causing the networks to preempt some of their Thursday night shows per TV Guide. The speech is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. EDT and last 30-45 minutes. Fox will air the second episode of Reunion next Thursday (September 22nd) instead of tomorrow night. Over at CBS, there's a CSI shake-up. The network will not air the two-hour Quentin Tarantino-directed episode tomorrow night, opting for next Wednesday (September 21st) instead. That move pushes CSI:NY's second season premiere back to the following Wednesday (September 28th). Meanwhile, ABC is planning an entire evening dedicated to Hurricane Katrina coverage instead of its usual programming starting off with a special edition of Primetime Live.
*The total is in on the amount of money raised at last week's Hurricane Katrina telethon Shelter From the Storm. The multi-network and star-studded concert raised more than $30 million for the victims of last month's devastating storm.
*And finally, it's Nielsen Wednesday! ABC finally broke CBS's 14-week winning streak with a first place finish in total viewers last week. The alphabet network was led by its NFL coverage with the Raiders versus Patriots game (#1) and its 2005 NFL Showcase (#2). CBS landed in second place with six of the top ten shows led by perennial chart topper CSI (#3). For the full top 20 programs, visit USA Today.
That's all for today. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for a peek at the dramatic actors categories. Plus, all the latest television news.