The Emmys will announce this year's nominees on Thursday, so here's a list of some deserving people who may not be on the Academy's radar, but should be.
This is a different list than suggesting, for example, that Neil Patrick Harris should win for Best Supporting Actor (which he should), because Harris usually scores a nomination, at least.
This is a list of people who either haven't been nominated before, or not nominated in a certain role for a few years. I'll have the drama picks on Wednesday. I'm going to try to limit myself to one or two names in each category.
One note to the Academy: Please stop picking "Boston Legal" as either a drama or a comedy. I'm dreading the fact that since the show finally ended this year, it will grab one final group of Emmy noms.
BEST ACTOR: This is going to be a tough category for any actor to break into, because nominees such as Alec Baldwin and Steve Carell are pretty entrenched. But Zach Levi ("Chuck") would make a fine addition. In a sense, he balances two ensembles in one cast -- the spy ensemble and the Buy More ensemble -- and does a great job doing so. "Chuck" wouldn't have near the loyal fan base it does without Levi's charm.
BEST ACTRESS: Toni Collette, "The United States of Tara." I actually expect her to earn a nom, so this isn't really going out on a ledge. But there are few actresses out there who could pull off Tara, playing the main character and four different alternate personalities. An honorable mention pick goes to Jordana Spiro of "My Boys," a show that isn't on the radar of most likely voters, but who does great work.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Usually overshadowed by castmates Zach Braff and John C. McGinley, Donald Faison has done very solid work over the years on "Scrubs," playing the perfect foil for both Braff and Judy Reyes (herself a deserving nominee). Also, Chi McBride was shamefully overlooked a year ago, but his work on "Pushing Daisies" was fantastic.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: "Better Off Ted" barely survived its first season. It's a shame more viewers don't watch this clever comedy, especially since they are missing a great performance by Portia Di Rossi as the ice queen from hell as Ted's boss. Also worthy of note is Cobie Smulders, who really shined this year on "How I Met Your Mother," especially in her storylines with Neil Patrick Harris.
BEST COMEDY: It would be nice to see "Chuck" score a nomination here, but being a hybrid between comedy and drama might make it tough. Ironically, "Tara," which has more drama than comedy, but is in a half-hour format, has a better shot and would be a much more worthy pick than "Californication" should the voters decide that Showtime should be represented. As I posted above, "My Boys" is a long shot, but as ensembles go, it's one great cast for one entertaining sitcom.
What comedy stars and shows do you want nominated?
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: NBC has a new episode of "Law & Order: CI" at 9 p.m.
ABC has new episodes of "The Bachelorette" and "Here Comes The Newlyweds" from 8-11 p.m.
On cable, "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.) is new, followed by "Raising The Bar" at 10 p.m.
On pay cable, there are new episodes of "Weeds" (Showtime, 10 p.m.) and "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 10:30 p.m.) By the way, if you are wondering why I left the always fabulous Edie Falco off the above list, it's because "Jackie" didn't debut in time for the voters. Expect her to be a front-runner next year.