Michael Ausiello
May 26, 2009 AT 11:36 PM EDT

Attention Emmy voters: The process of choosing this year’s nominations begins next week, and you have better things to do than try to catch up on 600 hours of TV. Well, maybe not you, Jim Belushi. But the rest of you. And that’s where I come in. Once again, I’ve singled out who (and what) I think is most deserving of kudos so you don’t have to. It was extra complicated this year, since the rules allow for six nominees, up from five, in each category. But I persevered. As a result, starting today and continuing until Friday, I’ll be rolling out my picks for all the major categories. Copy my choices below onto your ballots, and we’ll all be the better for it when the nominations are announced on July 16. Trust me. First up: Supporting actor and actress in a comedy…

Best Supporting Actress (Comedy)

* Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted): Because I didn’t think any actress could ever even begin to fill the void left by Lauren Graham.

* Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies): The tube is full of actresses who

are cute and perky. But can you name another who is cute, perky and not


* Jennifer Esposito (Samantha Who?): Raise a glass to the funniest TV boozehound since AbFab. And then leave the bottle.

* Jane Krakowski (30 Rock): She killed when her character attempted to

commit murder all in the name of getting a date with a hot EMT. And

that was just the beginning.

* Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother): She could be the most underrated comic actress

working today. And by “could,” I mean “is.” (And please take out the


* Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty): Her one-liners may’ve lacked a little

bite, but damn if she didn’t still bark ’em like nobody’s business.

Best Supporting Actor (Comedy)

* Adam Baldwin (Chuck): He takes his spy work so seriously you can’t help

but laugh. (I mean, it’s not like he’s digging for scoop!)
* Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother): His mad crush on Robin

turned the one-time cad into a fully-formed human being. Okay, it turned

him into a cad with a heart. That’s still progress.

* Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies): Rude and crude and… wait, cuddly? Yes, cuddly. Emmy him. Now.
* Tracy Morgan (30 Rock): If you’ve gotta be smart to play dumb, he’s a genius. Like, Big Bang Theory genius.
* Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother): For once, can’t the nice guy finish first?

* Michael Urie (Ugly Betty): Marc finally got (and lost) a man,

and Urie got his best material ever, rising to it week after week.

Agree/disagree with my picks? Consider the comments section below your own personal Dream Emmy Ballot.

Coming up tomorrow: Supporting actor and actress in a drama.

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