This year’s Emmy nominations have been full of surprises, and we can only hope this remains to be the case for the winners list too. With the imperative ‘Veep’ sitting out, and the rather naïve but marvelous ‘The Handmaid’s tale’ sitting in, Emmys 18′ has amassed all the attention it needs from TV fanatics. It is not safe to assume who would take the trophy home on September 17th, but we can all make our guesses.
Out of the more widely recognized genres, comedy has always been an understated one. With only a few comedy films going for the Best Picture Oscar it’s palpable that Academy awards refrain from giving comedies and comedians their due share. The Emmys; however, have created an autonomous space for comics and light entertainment. While the Emmy for the best comedy series is another debate, let’s have a look at some deserving people.
Comedy Actor: Ted Danson, “The Good Place”
A historic milestone will be achieved if Danson scores an Emmy this year. The last time Danson was nominated for or won an Emmy as a farce was 25 years ago. And, this was for his stint in Cheers. Back in the comedy race, Danson is our contender for the Emmy. He was his own prodigy in NBC’S after life comedy series “The Good Place”, and his refined skill put him atop list of America’s best comedians. Danson plays the role of a demon in angel’s façade to perfection. Ted Danson’s Michael very convincingly obscured his evil in Season One, rendering such hilarious moments that convulsed the audience with laughter. Michael’s ever unfinished errands, his jovial chatter, his obsession for F.R.I.E.N.D.S. , his riotous cunningness, his camaraderie with Janet, and the chuckle-some realizations of his vulnerabilities, all make him the funny man we have long waited to see on television.
The Good Place comes from the creator of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation, Michael Schur. Realizing that people have responded to his work affirmatively before, it wouldn’t be hard to predict that Danson is going for the win.
Comedy Actress: Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
This is Tomlin’s fourth consecutive Emmy nomination, and four is a very lucky number. Lily’s meandering Frankie found herself mired in all together different crisis, when she was declared legally dead. Yes, she is pretty much alive in the show. If you have not seen the show then you really need to. One cannot even imagine the hilarious consequences that followed this decree, and Lily exactly nailed every scene. For a woman, who has already been pondering over her existence ever since her husband abandoned her, Lily offers great laughs. She transpires as a motherly figure struggling to create her own identity at the feeble age of 60. Frankie is an absolute entertainer and Lily is a genuine veteran. Go Frankie Go!
Comedy Supporting Actor: Tituss Burgess, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”
With the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt set to end with its upcoming season, this maybe Burgess’ last chance at winning an Emmy for the show. Burgess’ Titus Andromedon is an absolute scene-stealer. His poignant breakthrough as a gay man has been uplifting. Black, gay and out-of-work Kimmy’s endearing friend has been its audience’s true companion. After much critical acclaim, Burgess can take a popular award with his fourth consecutive nomination for the same show.
Comedy Supporting Actress: Laurie Metcalf, “Roseanne”
‘My Jackie’, It is sad that though Roseanne boasts an ensemble cast; Metcalf has received a nomination in the supporting category. Surprisingly, Laurie holds three Emmys awards and four nominations for the same show at least 25 years ago. When Roseanne returned several years later, with its reboot season, many things had changed. One thing that remained constant, was Metcalf‘s remarkable performance as the neurotic, but loving Jackie. Metcalf’s Jackie’s versatility is commendable; she makes us laugh no matter what. Whether it’s marriage, divorce, innumerable relationships, idiosyncrasies, or even death- Aunt Jackie makes them all whacky and laughable. Now that ABC has cancelled Roseanne, thanks to the lead star’s racist tweet we will get to see Jackie step into her sister’s shoes, and that will account for even more hilarious instances.