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Emmy Breakdown: Supporting Actor in a Comedy

In the weeks leading up to the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, I'll be looking at the nominees in some major categories and trying to predict who's most likely to win in these Emmy Breakdowns. Today's category: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") — As I've said before, I can't claim to be an expert on this show since I don't find it particularly entertaining and don't watch it regularly. But during the few times I have caught snippets of "Two and a Half Men," I've found Jon Cryer's performance to be much funnier and more compelling than Charlie Sheen's. He has that wry, quirky humor that was so endearing in Pretty in Pink, and I will probably always think of him as Duckie, no matter what role he's playing. In this category I don't think I'd personally choose Cryer, but I wouldn't be shocked or altogether annoyed if he took the award.
Chance of winning: Moderate to High


Kevin Dillon ("Entourage") — Watching Kevin play Johnny Drama I can't help but feel that there is a tinge of autobiography (Kevin's brother Matt being the real life Vince), which brings odd touching moments to the otherwise lighthearted show. Drama never gets the best one-liners and is definitely awkward at times, but it's great to see he's finally found a solid success plot. Kevin plays it with the right level of caution, but I don't think that this is his year for the Emmy. Even so, as "Viking Quest" era Drama would say -- VICTORY!

Chance of winning: Low

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Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother") — Although it took me pretty much all of Season 1 of "How I Met Your Mother" to stop thinking of Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie, I am now completely over that and all I see is Barney, the epitomy of awesomeness who is fighting with all his might to hold on to the swinging single life while his two best friends are spiraling towards full on adulthood. NPH as Barney carries the show and I think after "How I Met Your Mother" was looked over for all of the other major Emmy categories, he deserves this award. Regardless of the outcome, you can be sure that Barney will...wait for it...Suit Up for Emmy night.

Chance of winning: Moderate

Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") — As the reigning king of the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Emmy and with Ari Gold nowhere close to slowing down, it would be a breeze to hand this one to Piven again. Jeremy hasn't lost his impeccable timing, either. It would be easy to give him the Emmy and easy to imagine him back up on that stage, but as someone who is growing tired of Ari's schtick, I'm sort of hoping that he won't walk away with another one.

Chance of winning: High


Rainn Wilson ("The Office") — In his time on "The Office," Rain Wilson has created a unique, hilarious and refreshing character in Dwight Schrute, providing the inspiration for dozens of "Dwightisms" and even a bobble-head doll. Part of what makes Dwight so funny is that Wilson takes him so utterly seriously — as seriously as Dwight himself takes everything in life, from his boss to his job title to his secret affair with Angela. It's not that Dwight is just a wacky character and Wilson should be recognized for that, but rather that it seems like Wilson works incredibly hard to make Dwight a real, 3-dimensional person who's simply misunderstood by his peers. Wilson would be my pick for this category, and I have a feeling I won't be alone. Chance of winning: High


Cryer and Harris photos courtesy of CBS
Wilson photo Source

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kevin-girl kevin-girl 8 years
Kevin Connolly at the Emmy's in a tux. Check it out. Will Kevin's girl be there or not? Tune in to find out.
yaliyah yaliyah 8 years
Dwigt...
sarahhoerst sarahhoerst 8 years
I love Neil Patrick Harris and think that he is funny but I think that Rainn Wilson is a better actor. But I'd be happy if either one walked away with it.
lala788 lala788 8 years
i love to watch "Two and a half men", and Jon cryer should win , but i don't think he will. my guess is Neil Patrick Harris or Jeremy Piven.
tostina tostina 8 years
I guess maybe Flight of the Conchords wasn't out in time for an emmy nomination because - even though I love Jeremy - Jerome and Bret are two of the funniest men alive.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i don't watch any of these shows but i like Rainn.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 8 years
Team Dwight!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I still haven't gotten tired of Ari, I love his character, especially his interactions with Lloyd. However, I'd love to see Rainn Wilson take it this year- Dwight is downright hysterical.
misslarue misslarue 8 years
Love Rainn Wilson!
trala1 trala1 8 years
I agree with the Molly, Entourage is about Mark Wahlberg and I always think that Johnny Drama is about Donnie Wahlberg.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 8 years
I so hope NPH wins this. He MAKES the show.
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
Neil Patrick Harris is definitely hilarious, but I would also be happy with either Entourage guy winning. These guys all deserve recognition!
Molly Molly 8 years
Entourage is definitely based on Mark Wahlberg and his group of friends from home during his rise to fame (he is also the executive producer of the show). That being said, I feel like in a lot of ways the actors' lives sort of parallel their characters' lives, especially in the case of Kevin Dillon. Does that make any sense?
greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 8 years
i'm confused. i thought the real life vince (from entourage) was mark wahlberg? i would love to know who each character was based on!
greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 8 years
i'm confused. i thought the real life vince (from entourage) was mark wahlberg? i would love to know who each character was based on!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Neil Patrick Harris would be LEGE-wait for it-NDARY!! He's the reason I watch that show.
briggs313 briggs313 8 years
I would be so happy if it was Neil Patrick Harris or Rainn Wilson ... those characters make each show! "In the wild, there is no health care. In the wild, health care is, "Ow, I hurt my leg. I can't run. A lion eats me and I'm dead." Well, I'm not dead. I'm the lion, you're dead." ~dwight schrute
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I would love to see Neil Patrick Harris win in this category. And, if not Harris, then Rainn Wilson; his Dwight is just too funny.
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