"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
Bubbling under: "Silicon Valley" (HBO)
For your consideration: "Silicon Valley." "You can't call it satire when you are showing it like it is," Mike Judge has said of his latest show, a spot-on, hilarious skewering of geek culture and modern capitalism with all the self-loathing and absurdity that those subjects require.
Analysis: The new Emmy rule that could expand the series categories to seven nominees (should the sixth and seventh vote-getters be within 2% of each other) could well come into play here, allowing all five of last year's eligible shows (
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Prime contenders: William H. Macy, "Shameless";
For your consideration:
Analysis: Two slots open with
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Anna Faris, "Mom"
For your consideration: Schilling shouldn't need much help winning a nom, and we'd like to think she'll end up winning the Emmy in August. Playing Piper, her transformation from naivete to Pennsatucky Punisher was nuanced and completely transfixing.
COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Andre Braugher, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Prime contenders: Adam Driver, "Girls";
Bubbling under: Max Greenfield, "New Girl"; Taran Killam,
For your consideration:
Analysis: Hale broke "Modern Family's" three-year win streak last year. We wouldn't be surprised if all four members of the ABC hit return (though we wouldn't be happy either), but we like Braugher to win. The novelty of the former "Homicide" star switching to comedy makes a great story. His expert comic chops seals the deal.
COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Allison Janney, "Mom"
Anna Chlumsky, "Veep"
Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory"
Kate Mulgrew, "Orange Is the New Black"
Bubbling under: Any member of the "Orange Is the New Black" ensemble; Cecily Strong, "Saturday Night Live"; Carrie Brownstein, "Portlandia"; Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero and Chelsea Peretti, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
For your consideration: Amy Schumer, "Inside Amy Schumer." Her
Analysis: This category sported seven nominees last year, and you have to figure that both Mulgrew and Janney — high-profile newcomers with juicy roles — will win nods. So something has to give, beyond Jane Krakowski's ("30 Rock") exit. We're guessing veterans Lynch and Vergara will need to make way, and even Wever, last year's winner, is no cinch to return (though that acceptance speech helped).