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The Gold Standard: And the comedy nominees are likely to be ...

The usual returnees ('Modern Family'), the prime contenders (Amy Poehler) and the for-your-considerations (Joel McHale of 'Community').

June 08, 2012|By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times

1. Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"

2. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family"

3.Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family"

4. Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"

5. Nick Offerman, "Parks and Recreation"

6. Max Greenfield, "New Girl"

Prime contenders: Chris Colfer, "Glee"; Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"

Bubbling under: Simon Helberg, "The Big Bang Theory"; Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live" (NBC); Tony Hale, "Veep"; Jason Segel, "How I Met Your Mother"; Danny Pudi, "Community"; James Spader, "The Office"; Jeremy Piven, "Entourage" (HBO); Oliver Platt, "The Big C"; Charlie Day, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX); Chris Pratt, "Parks and Recreation"; Ricky Gervais, "Life's Too Short" (HBO)

For your consideration: Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live." The last four years have seen "SNL" women — Kristin Wiig and Amy Poehler — earn supporting nominations. Why not Hader? Men can be funny too, you know. The versatile Hader forgoes the usual "SNL" man-child route to mine the get-off-my-lawn comedy on the other end of the age spectrum. Even after three years, his Keith Morrison still gives us the willies.

Analysis: The "Modern Family" category blockade remains in effect. It's just a matter of whether voters will reward a past winner (Burrell, Stonestreet) or a different, deserving cast member (Ferguson, O'Neill). Cryer's departure to lead and "Glee's" sad decline should open the door to the re-definer of manhood Offerman and the year's breakout supporting star, Greenfield.


1. Julie Bowen, "Modern Family"

2. Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

3. Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

4. Jane Lynch, "Glee"

5. Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

6. Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock"

Prime contenders: Maya Rudolph, "Up All Night"; Diane Ladd, "Enlightened"; Kristen Bell, "House of Lies"; Cloris Leachman, "Raising Hope"

Bubbling under: Aubrey Plaza and Rashida Jones, "Parks and Recreation"; Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs, "Community"; Wendie Malick and Jane Leeves, "Hot in Cleveland"; Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"; Eden Sher, "The Middle"; Swoosie Kurtz, "Mike & Molly"; Ana Gasteyer,"Suburgatory" (ABC)

For your consideration: Diane Ladd, "Enlightened." If only for the episode "Consider Helen," a portrait of profound desolation. (Oh … wait … this is the comedy category? No matter. Watch it. She's amazing!)

Analysis: Last year saw only one new nominee (White, subbing for Holland Taylor) in this category, and there's little reason to think that all six won't return this time around.

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