Outstanding Comedy Series
Probable Win: Modern Family
I'd Pick: Glee
The only thing that's for sure here is that 30 Rock will not win for the fourth year in a row. Both Modern Family and Glee are strong new entries, and one of them will surely win. The former is a throwback to old-time family sitcoms but with a modern sensibility that should appeal to voters and has already appealed to audiences. Glee had a rocky go of it during the second half of its first season, but they have submitted only the best episodes to be considered (Pilot, Wheels, Sectionals, The Power of Madonna, etc.). A win for Glee would prove that the Emmys don't always reward the snobby, most critically-acclaimed-but-least-watched show. And it would make up for the fact that the popular choices probably won't be winning anything in the drama categories.
Should Have Been Nominated: The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Probable Win: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
I'd Pick: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
It's a crime that Jim Parsons has not already won for his performance on the most-watched sitcom on television. He broadcasts a wide range of comedic abilities and perfect timing, and his is the only real good-old-fashioned comedic romp: his submitted episode is the one where he ends up drunk and in his underwear accepting an award.
Should Have Been Nominated: James Roday, Psych
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Probable Win: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
I'd Pick: Toni Collette, United States of Tara
I don't find Nurse Jackie funny, especially not Edie Falco's titular character. In fact, I hated her character so much that I stopped watching the show after about four episodes. But Jackie has a lot going on, and Falco gets some fun one-liners. But there's nothing all that funny about her performance. Toni Collette, on the other hand, gets to play a woman with multiple personalities; the role is awards bait, especially the submitted episode, in which she plays all of her personalities in one scene. But once again, there aren't very many exciting nominees in this category.
Should Have Been Nominated: Portia de Rossi, Better Off Ted
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Probable Win: Ty Burrell, Modern Family
I'd Pick: Chris Colfer, Glee
Ty Burrell's character is a favorite for most everyone who watched Modern Family, and I think he has the best shot at winning just based on that fact. Chris Colfer is probably the most deserving, since his submitted episode contained comedic and intense dramatic moments, as well as a performance of "Rose's Turn," every gay teenager's dream role. But his age is a problem, and he's up against a lot of other respected and/or admired actors.
Should Have Been Nominated: Justin Kirk, Weeds
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Probable Win: Jane Lynch, Glee
I'd Pick: Jane Lynch, Glee
After a surprising loss at the Golden Globes, I'm a little hesitant to pick Jane Lynch here. But as of the Globes, her submitted episode hadn't aired yet. She submitted The Power of Madonna, an inspired choice seeing as she gets the episode's best one-liners and recreates the entirety of Madonna's "Vogue" music video to boot, including some hilarious improvised dancing.
Should Have Been Nominated: Dianna Agron, Glee