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2021 EMMYS PREDICTIONS:
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

UPDATED: June 17, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: With a year that involved 27-year-old Pete Davidson taking his talents to co-write and star in the autobiographical “The King of Staten Island,” Davidson also brought his signature limericks and humor to “Saturday Night Live.” While many of his best moments seem to be as himself at the Weekend Update desk and performing his standup routines, he may have had more of an impression this past year (Count Chocula, anyone?) and may sneak by.

It’s unclear If you would be able to watch Bowen Yang’s iceberg from “Titanic” sketch at the Weekend Update desk and not declare this race uniformly over for any other contenders. With a plethora of contenders emerging from the long-running show, and the lack of AAPI representation in the acting races, we’ll need to be delicate with our expectations, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less deserved.

The longest-serving cast member in “Saturday Night Live” history is having his biggest year yet, along with his work on his NBC show “Kenan.” He, along with former SNL alum Eddie Murphy are the only two Black male cast members to be nominated. To date, Robert Guillaume is the only Black actor ever to win this category in 1979. Thompson is long overdue for love in the acting races and could have finally reached his time.

Let’s be honest – we haven’t done anything worthwhile to deserve Billy Magnussen, especially given how much we undervalue his contributions to films like “Game Night” and series “American Crime Story.” As the creepy and controlling husband Byron, he gets to extend himself in a way we haven’t seen. He’ll face competition from his co-star and three-time Emmy winner Ray Romano but might be able to stand out from the pack.

As the mental hallucination of Cassie Bowden’s drunken antics, Michiel Huisman’s Alex Sokolov offers more depth and perspective to Kaley Cuoco’s fully realized portrayal. You can credit him for those highlights, along with giving his own decent share of laughs throughout. Can the former “Game of Thrones” actor find his way with the internal competition?

Consistently marginalized and tokenized in both film and television, AAPI characters are near nil in Emmy history with only Riz Ahmed (lead actor limited for “The Night Of” in 2017) and Archie Punjabi (supporting actress drama for “The Good Wife” in 2010) serving as winners. Enter Nico Santos, the Filipino sensation and standout as Mateo in “Superstore” has yet to find his deserved moment in the Emmy sphere. Hopefully, this final hurrah season can do it.

The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding on June 28. The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, 2021.


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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE — “David Harbour” Episode 1770 — Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson, Colin Jost, and Michael Che during Weekend Update on Saturday, October 12, 2019 — (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC) Will Heath/NBC

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. Kenan Thompson
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Four nominations, one win (original music and lyrics for the song "Come Back, Barack" for "Saturday Night Live" in 2018)
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


  2. Brett Goldstein
    "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV Plus)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Roy Kent

    CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
    SYNOPSIS: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
    STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple


  3. Brendan Hunt
    "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV Plus)
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    EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
    ROLE: Coach Beard

    CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
    SYNOPSIS: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
    STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple


  4. Bowen Yang
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


  5. Ray Romano
    "Made for Love" (HBO Max)
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    EMMY HISTORY: 16 nominations, 3 wins
    ROLE: Herbert

    CREATORS: Alissa Nutting & Dean Bakopoulos and Patrick Somerville and Christina Lee
    SYNOPSIS: A young woman, on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to a tech billionaire, suddenly realizes that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device in her brain that allows him to track her every move.
    STARRING: Cristin Milioti, Billy Magnussen, Dan Bakkedahl, Noma Dumezweni, Ray Romano, Augusto Aguilera


  6. Paul Reiser
    "The Kominsky Method" (Netflix)
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    EMMY HISTORY: 10 nominations
    ROLE: Martin

    CREATOR: Chuck Lorre
    SYNOPSIS: An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.
    STARRING: Michael Douglas, Lisa Edelstein, Jane Seymour, Kathleen Turner


  7. Nick Mohammed
    "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV Plus)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Nathan Shelley

    CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
    SYNOPSIS: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
    STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple


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NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. Michiel Huisman
    "The Flight Attendant" (HBO Max)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Eladio

    CREATOR: Steve Yockey
    SYNOPSIS: A reckless flight attendant with an alcoholism problem wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.
    STARRING: Kaley Cuoco, Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet, T. R. Knight, Michelle Gomez, Colin Woodell, Merle Dandridge, Griffin Matthews, Nolan Gerard Funk, Rosie Perez


  2. Alex Newell
    "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Mo

    CREATORS: Austin Winsberg
    SYNOPSIS: A young woman discovers she has the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and musical numbers.
    STARRING: Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, Alex Newell, John Clarence Stewart, Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, Andrew Leeds, Alice Lee, Michael Thomas Grant, Kapil Talwalkar


  3. Pete Davidson
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


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TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. Laurence Fishburne
    "Black-ish" (ABC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: 11 nominations, 3 wins (guest actor drama for "Tribeca" in 1993, outstanding made for television movie for "Miss Evers' Boys" in 1997 and short form actor comedy or drama for "#FreeRayshawn" in 2020)
    ROLE: Pops / James / James Earl Jones

    CREATOR: Kenya Barris
    SYNOPSIS: A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
    STARRING: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne, Jeff Meacham, Jenifer Lewis, Peter Mackenzie, Deon Cole, Katlyn Nichol


  2. Nico Santos
    "Superstore" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Mateo

    CREATORS: Justin Spitzer
    SYNOPSIS: A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.
    STARRING: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi


  3. Beck Bennett
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


  4. Colin Jost
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: 11 nominations
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


  5. Jeremy Swift
    "Ted Lasso" (Apple TV Plus)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Higgins

    CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
    SYNOPSIS: Follows US American Football coach Ted Lasso heading to the UK to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.
    STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple


  6. Martin Kove
    "Cobra Kai" (Netflix)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: John Kreese

    CREATOR: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
    SYNOPSIS: Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.
    STARRING: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List


  7. Danny Pudi
    "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" (Apple TV Plus)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Brad

    CREATOR: Megan Ganz, Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day
    SYNOPSIS: The owner of a successful video game design company and his troubled staff struggle to keep their hit game 'Mythic Quest' on top.
    STARRING: Rob McElhenney, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, F. Murray Abraham


  8. Don Johnson
    "Kenan" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
    ROLE: Rick

    CREATOR: David Caspe, Jackie Clarke
    SYNOPSIS: A recently-widowed dad tries to raise his kids with his persistent father-in-law.
    STARRING: Kenan Thompson, Don Johnson, Chris Redd, Kimrie Lewis, Dani Lane, Dannah Lane


  9. Daniel Breaker
    "Girls5eva" (Peacock)
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    EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
    ROLE: Scott

    CREATORS: Meredith Scardino
    SYNOPSIS: A one-hit-wonder band from the '90s gets a second shot at fame when they're sampled by a young star.
    STARRING: Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell, Renée Elise Goldsberry


  10. Chris Redd
    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
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    EMMY HISTORY: One nomination, one win (original music and lyrics for the song "Come Back, Barack" for "Saturday Night Live" in 2018)
    ROLE: Various characters

    CREATOR: Lorne Michaels
    SYNOPSIS: A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.
    STARRING: Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang


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YOUNG ROCK — “Working The Gimmick” — Pictured: (l-r) Adrian Groulx as Dwayne, Joseph Lee Anderson as Rocky Johnson, Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson — (Photo by: Mark Taylor) Courtesy of Mark Taylor/NBC

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS (UNRANKED):

AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television's most prestigious artistic award. There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades.

For wins: Don Knotts has the most awards in this category with five, winning them all for "The Andy Griffith Show." John Larroquette and David Hyde Pierce are second in line with four.

"The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" are the most awarded series with five wins with "Frasier," "Modern Family" and "Night Court" next in line with four apiece.

For nominations: David Hyde Pierce is the most nominated actor in this category with 11, all for his turn as Niles Crane for "Frasier." Harry Morgan is next in line with nine, followed by Ty Burrell with eight. Jason Alexander and Peter Boyle are the most nominated actors without winning with seven nods.

"M*A*S*H" garnered the most nominations in this category for its actors with 21 with "Cheers" and "Modern Family" with 19.


2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions

About the Primetime Emmy Awards (Emmys)

The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known as the Emmys, is given out by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Since 1949, the awards recognize excellence in American primetime television programming. They are divided into three classes - Primetime Emmy Awards, the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (honors artisan achievements) and the Primetime Engineering Emmy Awards (recognizes significant engineering and technological contributions). The typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. The Television Academy comprises over 25,000 members, representing 30 professional peer groups, including performers, directors, producers, art directors and various artisans and executives.

  • The 73rd Emmy Awards are scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 8:00 pm est on CBS and on-demand on sister streamer Paramount Plus.