Three Actors that Could Have Submitted themselves for Oustanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 2011 Emmy Awards

2. Jon Cryer

I know I’m going to get weird looks with this pick because of the show Jon Cryer works at, but his TV character actually fits the requirements for this very topic.

Since the third season of Two and a Half Men, Emmy-winning actor Jon Cryer has been nominated five times in a row for the Supporting Actor category as Alan Harper. He’s pretty much the highlight of the show. Considering that Charlie Sheen is no longer part of the show and CBS refusing to submit him in the Lead Actor category, maybe it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to think that Cryer should consider moving towards the Lead Actor category. Despite Sheen being the biggest draw for Men, it can be agrued that Sheen and Cryer were equally important to the show in terms of presence, humor value and as one of the show’s “two men”, Cryer should be entitled to the lead actor category.

The competition in the supporting actor category is very fierce this time and it’s highly doubtful that Cryer could get nominated once again, let alone winning. Moving up to the lead actor category wouldn’t give him higher chances of winning an award, but he’s got nothing to lose by trying. Maybe he could get a nomination in part due to his work in Men as well as remaining professional during the Lorre/CBS-Sheen feud. If anything, it could help CBS to establish Cryer as a viable lead for Season 9.


YAM Magazine contributor, has a B. Sc. degree in Science/Pharmacy and is a very lazy person.

8 Responses

  1. amy says:

    *cries* I can’t stand jon cryer LOL the few times I have actually sat through an episode of Two and a Half Men, I’ve hated him the most. I just like Berta. xD But then again, I may have a crazy bias towards anyone that was ever on Ryan Murphy’s Popular.

    I should re-watch Popular just to name-check anyone that is a face or name now.

    I definitely don’t watch enough television to tell you who could be a lead comedy actor.

    Showtime is generally a hit or miss for awards though. The only show that’s ever hugely popular with awards is Dexter, and even The Tudors was hit or miss in its first run, and then just disappeared. Nurse Jackie has just picked up steam, Tara is gone – and Weeds, awards just love it for MLP.

    How much nomination buzz do you see on Episodes online?

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, Your bais towards Popular might do it, Conchata Ferrell only appeared on one episode, lol. Cryer is the best actor Men has, but this time I don’t see him getting nominated unless the voters reward him for staying classy during the CBS-Sheen feud. If he makes Kutcher look more-than-half-decent, he should win awards, lol.

      I expect some politcs and myabe rigging for nominees… the Emmys will air on Fox. Jane Lynch as the host, she’s easily got a nomination secured and maybe even Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison will get nominated despite doing jackshit on Glee.

      Showtime… in awards, most of the awards they get love for the lead actress on their shows. It’s a shame that Tara is gone. Nurse Jackie, I watch it sometimes and I found the episodes to be good for the most part.

      For Episodes, only LeBlanc actually stands a chance at getting a nomination – he’s like an evil Joey on Episodes, but cunning. The other 2 British actors are pretty much doomed, despite being talented. Greig gets little buzz while the rest of the cast doesn’t.

      If I could have gone with 2 more actors for supporting-moving-to-lead, I would have to force myself to mention Ty Burrell and Cory Monteith.
      Burrell has a funnier character and has much presence during Season 2 of Modern Family, maybe even more than O’Neill. But Jay is more of a lead character.
      And Cory… he fits the requirements for this topic. But the character is a fucking dud and the actor blows. #thanksfinn

  2. amy says:

    I found you another one for Lead Comedy Actor: Garret Dillahunt for Raising Hope. Just caught an episode – very funny. Not Modern Family laugh out loud on the first season funny, but pretty funny.

    • Rodrigo says:

      @amy, I saw a few episodes of Raising Hope. I think Dillahunt could work better than Lucas Neff. Yet, Cloris Leachman and Martha Plimpton are the best parts of Raising Hope, their characters are funny.

      • amy says:

        @Rodrigo, oh yeah – Martha Plimpton cracked me up. And Leachman ALWAYS cracks me up, in anything she’s done. She’s very memorable in Bad Santa xD

  3. Rodrigo says:

    So I took a look at which episodes Colfer, Cryer and O’Neill submitted to try and win the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” award and see how they would have fit this topic.

    Colfer goes with “Grilled Cheesus”. Strong performance from him, but doesn’t make him look like a lead actor. #thanksfinn

    O’Neill goes with “The Kiss”. I always considered O’Neill as the lead actor of MF, but that episode benefits Ferguson more than him.

    Cryer goes with “The Immortal Mr. Billy Joel”. Alan gets more than enough screentime to validate my topic.

    Still, an MF actor will definitely take that prize.

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