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Emmy Predictions: Comedies

I'm getting my Emmy picks in early this week because later is going to be busier. Tomorrow, it's dramas. The Emmys will air Sunday night on CBS, beginning at 8 p.m.



As always, it's who I think should win, will win and who got shafted.



BEST ACTOR:

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Steve Carell, The Office

Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Tony Shalhoub, Monk

Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men



Who will win: Parsons. He's gotten a lot of attention by critics, and except for Clement, the other guys have been there before. If there's an upset, it might be from Shalhoub as "Monk" enters its final year.



Who should win: I don't really have a favorite from this list. Baldwin and Carell are always great.



Who was shafted: Zach Braff, "Scrubs" -- It would have been nice to see Braff get a nomination in what should have been the show's final season.



BEST ACTRESS:

Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?

Toni Collette, United States of Tara

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, New Adventures of Old Christine

Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds

Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Show



Who should win/will win: Collete. Fey may swoop in and win another statuette, but Collette's remarkable performance in the offbeat Tara is the stuff Emmy wins are made of.



Who was shafted: Jenna Fischer, The Office. Fischer's understated performance is always great, and this year they gave Pam a lot more to do.



SUPPORTING ACTOR

Jon Cryer, Two and A Half Men

Kevin Dillon, Entourage

Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock

Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock

Rainn Wilson, The Office



Who will win/should win: Harris. Harris will finally get the recognition he deserves. It doesn't hurt that he is also hosting the Emmys. Macon's McBrayer could score an upset.



Who was shafted: Chi McBride, Pushing Daisies. He showed a great penchant for comedy after a career of serious roles.



SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds

Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live

Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty



Who will win: Poehler, unless Wiig divides the votes up.

Who should win: Chenoweth, who lights up the small screen.

Who was shafted: Cobie Smulders, How I Met Your Mother. As the lone female on the show when castmate Allyson Hannigan was on maternity leave, she made the most of the opportunity.



BEST COMEDY

30 Rock

Entourage

Family Guy

Flight of the Conchords

How I Met Your Mother

The Office

Weeds



Who will win: 30 Rock. I don't see too many voters changing their votes from last year.

Who should win: Mother, which has quietly grown into TV's best sitcom.

Who was shafted: United States of Tara, which had an outstanding first season from the brilliant pen of my gal Diablo Cody.



R.I.P. Patrick Swayze: The former "Dirty Dancing" star died of pancreatic cancer Monday at age 57. Swayze had just made the series "The Beast" for A&E, which was cancelled because of his health issues. His greatest TV moment, however, came on Saturday Night Live with his Chippendale-audition sketch co-starring the late Chris Farley.



TUESDAY'S BEST BETS: You know, "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 10 p.m.) ought to be the ultimate male show -- guns, bikes, sex, violence. And yet it's the show's two female leads, Katey Sagal as Gemma and Maggie Siff as Tara, that have shined, especially in tonight's episode in which Gemma deals with the aftermath of last week's shocking rape. These are two of the best female performances on TV right now.



Reality shows "Big Brother" (CBS, 8 p.m.) and "Shaq vs." (ABC, 9 p.m.) wrap up this week. Meanwhile, "90210" and "Melrose Place" are new on the CW, beginning at 8 p.m.

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