- Chris Colfer, Glee
- Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
- Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
- Ty Burrell, Modern Family
- Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
This category is dominated with Modern Family actors. All 4 male adult cast members are nominated, so that means that each actor has 4 different episodes compare to one, which could benefit one of them.
Ty Burrell benefits the most from his co stars’ episodes. In his submitted episode “Good Cop, Bad Dog”, we get to see Phil Dunphy in a different light where he has to play the disciplinarian parent which makes him throw himself into a car and makes her daughters clean a dirty bathroom. In the other episodes, we get to see Phil worrying about his marriage to Claire, a funny Julia Child impression plus a sweet moment with his father in law, etc.
Ed O’Neil receives his first Emmy nomination. Nostalgic reasons could make him the winner, but he also is strong in his tape and the others. In his submitted episode “The Kiss”, his wife Gloria makes him slap a chicken and features a sweet moment with Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s character Mitchell, where parent and son kiss in front of the family. In the other episodes, he misses her mother on Mother’s Day and adopts a dog.
Probably the most physical comedic episode comes from Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who character Mitchell wears a Spiderman costume to work and tries to get out of it unsuccessfully in “Halloween”. He could surprise, but his character is more quiet compare to Eric Stonestreet’s Cameron, who won last year in this category. However, Stonestreet does not have a strong episode as last year’s Fizbo, where he in full clown costume and defends his boyfriend’s honor. In his episode “Mother’s Day”, he complains that people see him as the mother in the family.
If voters want to vote for something different, the obvious choice is Glee’s Chris Colfer, who chose “Grilled Cheesus”, a dramatic episode where Kurt’s father suffers a heart attack and her questions religion. The episode lacks comedic moments, but it could be possible that vote splitting between the Modern Family actors could help him win this year.
Last, Jon Cryer submitted an episode where his character pretends to be “Charlie Harper”.
Prediction: Not unanimous – Chris Colfer, Glee or Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Spoiler: Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Wish Winner: Ty Burrell, Modern Family