Emmy Nominations Made Easy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

With the June 28th deadline to return Emmy nominee ballots fast approaching, many of your favorite television web sites have begun to make their case for a handful of worthy 2012 nominees. Not to be outdone, we here at theTVaddict.com have decided — as we are wont to do — to take things one step further. Which is to say, in a completely altruistic effort to simplify things for the voting body that is the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, your friendly neighborhood TV Addict has decided to save those lucky enough to call themselves “Emmy Voters” from countless hours spent needlessly scrolling through a seemingly never ending PDF of worthy performers by presenting our “Emmy Nominations Made Easy!” With today’s focus being on our picks for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

We Make the Case For…

[004] Alec Baldwin: If more of America’s 1% were as funny and entertaining as Baldwin’s titan of industry Jack Donaghy, we’d probably forgive them for the whole robbing main street blind thing. Just saying’

[007] Louis C.K.: Mining his own life for laughs, being a divorced forty-something never seemed so funny.

[008] Don Cheadle: Much like his female cable counterparts, the success or failure of his Showtime series lies squarely on his shoulders. That said, unlike the stars of NURSE JACKIE and THE BIG C — which while solid shows in their own right are far more dramatic than chuckle-worthy — Cheadle’s role as spinmeister Marty Kaan is actually deserving of being in the “Comedy” category.

[016] Garret Dillahunt: If the measuring stick for receiving an Emmy in the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Race” really is — as the title suggests — ”outstanding acting,” Dillahunt’s performance as Burt Chance is a no-brainer. See his not-so-funny, albeit equally outstanding previous roles on TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, DAMAGES and DEADWOOD.

[037] Joel McHale: Dear Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Don’t let the pleasing facade fool you. Under Joel McHale’s perfectly coifed hair and ridiculously toned body is one helluva funny actor. Signed, Dean Pelton.

[040] Jim Parsons: Despite five seasons of accolades, our theory is that Parsons still doesn’t get nearly enough credit for injecting copious amounts of heart into what otherwise could have very easily added up to little more than Urkel 2.0.

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