Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Kenan Thompson Could Be a Double Acting Nominee With ‘Kenan’ and ‘SNL’

ROLE: Kenan Williams
Former "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis may be an undeniable recognition this year for his work as the lovable eponymous coach Ted Lasso on Apple TV Plus' show. Not only is he on a roll after picking up the Golden Globe and the SAG Award, but that the second season is kicking off this summer is keeping him even more top of mind.
"Special" (Netflix)
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
CREATOR: Martin Freeman, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated

Murray Abraham STARRING: Rob McElhenney, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, F.
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
"Mr. Mayor" (NBC)
STARRING: John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, Jayden Rey, Maya Lynne Robinson, Jay R. Ferguson
Ryan O'Connell
SYNOPSIS: A look at the lives of employees at a big box store.
ROLE: Dan Conner
Ben Platt
STARRING: Alan Tudyk, Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund, Levi Fiehler, Judah Prehn
ROLE: Brian Dixon
SYNOPSIS: A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
CREATOR: Ed Helms, Sierra Teller Ornelas, Michael Schur

SYNOPSIS: Follow-up to the comedy series "Roseanne," centering on the family members of the matriarch after her sudden death.
ROLE: Neil Bremer
John Goodman
"Resident Alien" (Syfy)

CREATOR: John Aboud, Michael Colton
SYNOPSIS: An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
CREATOR: Chris Sheridan
STARRING: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List
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: Walton Goggins, Rob Cordrry, Omar Benson Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay
"Breeders" (FX)
"Home Economics" (ABC)
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Martin Freeman
"Woke" (Hulu)

SYNOPSIS: A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he's utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world where he's suddenly a hot commodity.

"Kenan" (NBC)
SYNOPSIS: A comedic look at the trials and tribulations of parenthood.
"Rutherford Falls" (Peacock)
CREATOR: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan
SYNOPSIS: Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
(He also has three other noms for his role as executive producer on the ABC family sitcom). Anthony Anderson is a bonafide ballot staple, being nominated six times consecutively since 2015 in this category. Always consistently delivering the laughs and the heart, he is a safe bet for continued recognition this year.
ROLE: Jonah
Alan Alda and Kelsey Grammer are next in line with 11, while Michael J. For nominations: Ted Danson has the most nominations ever in this category with 14 (winning twice for "Cheers"). Fox, Carroll O'Connor and Tony Shalhoub have eight each.
Ben Feldman

Outstanding Comedy Series
"The Unicorn" (CBS)
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
Jason Sudeikis
Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher, Christian Isaiah, Kate Miner STARRING: William H.
STARRING: Lamorne Morris, Blake Anderson, T. Murph, Rose McIver, Sasheer Zamata
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
CREATOR: Matt Williams
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CREATOR: Ryan O'Connell
STARRING: Ed Helms, Michael Greyeyes, Jana Schmieding, Jesse Leigh, Dustin Milligan

SYNOPSIS: A single dad and cosmetics brand owner figures out fatherhood on the fly when his strong-minded teen daughter moves in with him.
EMMY HISTORY: 14 nominsions, 2 wins (lead actor in a miniseries or a movie and tv movie for "The Wool Cap" in 2005)
SYNOPSIS: A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.
"The Kominsky Method" (Netflix)

ROLE: Daniel LaRusso

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
ROLE: Paul Worsley
SYNOPSIS: A wealthy businessman becomes the mayor of Los Angeles.
SYNOPSIS: Three grown-up siblings find themselves living at vastly different levels of financial security from one another.
ROLE: Frank Gallagher / Jerry Gallagher
EMMY HISTORY: Nine nominations
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CREATORS: Paul Abbott, John Wells
STARRING: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Gianni DeCenzo, Martin Kove, Vanessa Rubio, Peyton List
One of the beneficiaries could Ben Feldman, who has been a staple of the show but came into his own further when series lead America Ferrera departed. Call this a wildcard entry, but NBC's "Superstore" could get the "Schitt's Creek" treatment this year as many discovered its magic during the pandemic lockdown. The Academy knows and likes him already: He received a guest drama actor nod for his work on “Mad Men” in 2012.
Two-time Emmy winner William H. Now that the show has aired its final season, this is the last time the Academy can celebrate his performance, and they may want to do just that. Macy has a career 14 Emmy nominations under his belt, including five for his portrayal of the debaucherous but still beloved Frank Gallagher on Showtime’s dark comedy.
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
STARRING: Ted Danson, Holly Hunter, Vella Lovell, Mike Cabellon, Kyla Kenedy, Bobby Moynihan
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
EMMY HISTORY: 18 nominations, two wins (lead actor in a comedy series for "Cheers" in 1990 and 1993)
ROLE: Keef
Kenan Thompson
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The Primetime Emmy nominations will be announced on July 13, 2021. The eligibility period ends on May 31 before nomination-round voting begins on June 17, concluding on June 28.
CREATOR: Chuck Lorre
Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.
CREATOR: Megan Ganz, Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day
"The Conners" (ABC)
Anthony Anderson

CREATOR: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg

Outstanding Competition Program

STARRING: Kenan Thompson, Don Johnson, Chris Redd, Kimrie Lewis, Dani Lane, Dannah Lane

SYNOPSIS: A crash-landed alien named Harry who takes on the identity of a small-town Colorado doctor and slowly begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth.

CREATOR: Kenya Barris
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

SYNOPSIS: A small town in the Northeast is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historical statue.
CREATORS: Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
STARRING: America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Mark McKinney, Kaliko Kauahi
ROLE: Ted Lasso
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
Outstanding Television Movie

CREATORS: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey
ROLE: Payton Hobart
But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. SYNOPSIS: Payton Hobart, a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States.
CREATOR: Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
ROLE: Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle
ROLE: Sandy Kominsky

"The Politician" (Netflix)
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Lead Actor in a Comedy Series)
ROLE: Nathan Rutherford
"Cheers" and "M*A*S*H" are the leading series with nominations in this category, with 11 with "Frasier" and "The Odd Couple" (1970-1975) nabbing 10. Amazon Prime Video is the first and only streaming platform to win this category for Jeffrey Tambor ("Transparent") in two consecutive years. NBC has won this category the most for any network with 26, while CBS and ABC have 19 and 11 wins.
Outstanding Variety Series
Fox and O'Connor have won three consecutive years. Fox, Kelsey Grammer, Carroll O'Connor and Jim Parsons. For wins: Four actors have won the most prizes in this category, with four in all of Emmy history – Michael J. Except for Fox, Grammer ("Frasier"), O'Connor ("All in the Family") and Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") won for the same television series. Fox won three for "Family Ties" and the other for "Spin City." Four men have three times – Don Adams, John Lithgow, Tony Shalhoub and Dick Van Dyke.
"Black-ish" (ABC)
Ed Helms

ROLE: Payton Hobart
Alan Tydyk
Rob McElhenney
EMMY HISTORY: One nomination
EMMY HISTORY: 11 nominations, one win (guest actor in a drama series for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" in 2007)
Michael Douglas

EMMY HISTORY: Four nominations, one win (original music and lyrics for the song "Come Back, Barack" on "Saturday Night Live" in 2018)
Lamorne Morris
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
SYNOPSIS: Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
"Superstore" (NBC)
"Ted Lasso" (Apple TV Plus)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
"Cobra Kai" (Netflix)
STARRING: Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Phil Dunster, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Nick Mohammed, Juno Temple
Outstanding Drama Series

CREATOR: Jamie Foxx, Jim Patterson
There are many records held for both wins and nominations in the near eight decades. The Primetime Emmy Awards, better known simply as the Emmys, is television's most prestigious artistic award.
ROLE: Wade Felton
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated
"Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" (Apple TV Plus)
"Shameless" (Showtime)
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AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Having the year of his career, there's an excellent chance that the longest-running cast member of "Saturday Night Live" could be a double nominee this year. The first season ended just as FYC season was kicking in, but its renewal helped boost buzz to both the show and its star. Nominated twice before in the supporting comedy actor race for “SNL” (including just last year), His namesake series is Kenan Thompson’s first chance at scoring lead love.
Ted Danson
STARRING: Michael Douglas, Lisa Edelstein, Jane Seymour, Kathleen Turner
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.
Jamie Foxx

"Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!" (Netflix)

STARRING: Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel
UPDATED: May 30, 2021
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
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: Topher Grace, Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, Sasheer Zamata, Shiloh Bearman, Jordyn Starr Curet, JeCobi Swain, Chloe Jo Rountree
SYNOPSIS: Keef is an African-American cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes his life.
William H. Macy
Topher Grace

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
CREATOR: Grady Cooper, Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
The two-time Oscar winner lost his first two bids as the titular Sandy Kominsky in Netflix’s buddy comedy but may get a sentimental push, as the series signed off with this third season. A previous Emmy winner for “Behind the Candelabra," Michael Douglas’ work shifted slightly in this final season, as his usual scene partner, Alan Arkin, was no longer a part of the story, pushing him even more firmly in the center of the spotlight.
CREATORS: Justin Spitzer
Walton Goggins

2021 Primetime Emmy Awards Predictions
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
EMMY HISTORY: Eight nominations, one win (lead actor in a miniseries or a movie for "Behind the Candelabra" in 2013)
Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
STARRING: Martin Freeman, Daisy Haggard

Ralph Macchio
"Cobra Kai" (Netflix)
EMMY HISTORY: Three nominations, one win (supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie for "Sherlock" in 2014)
Goodman ("Roseanne") and Linden ("Barney Miller") were all nominated for the same series. LeBlanc's nods are split between "Friends" (3) and "Episodes" (4). John Goodman, Matt LeBlanc and Hal Linden have the most nominations without ever winning for lead actor in a comedy series.

CREATOR: Keith Knight, Marshall Todd
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
William Zabka
STARRING: Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Kyla-Drew, Porscha Coleman, Jonathan Kite, Heather Hemmens
STARRING: Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, Benjamin Barrett, Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, Bette Midler

SYNOPSIS: A recently-widowed dad tries to raise his kids with his persistent father-in-law.
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 typical eligibility period is between June 1 and May 31 of any given year. 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).
ROLE: Andre 'Dre' Johnson
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ROLE: Johnny Lawrence

CREATOR: David Caspe, Jackie Clarke
EMMY HISTORY: Never nominated

EMMY HISTORY: One nomination (guest actor in a drama series for "Mad Men" in 2012)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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