Mandi Bierly
July 13, 2011 AT 08:15 PM EDT

Emmy nominations will be announced Thursday morning at 8:35 a.m. ET. You can watch Mike & Molly‘s Melissa McCarthy and Fringe‘s Joshua Jackson do the honors on Our critic Ken Tucker has posted both his predictions of who will be nominated, and his dream ballot of who should be nominated. For argument’s sake, let’s consider anything NOT on his predictions list a longshot. Which longshot are you rooting for most?

I’ve already emailed Ken to tell him that his predictions made me angry with the Academy and they haven’t even snubbed Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant yet. He’s on Ken’s wish list, but he thinks Olyphant just makes slipping into Raylan Givens’ hat and dry humor look too easy for voters. Also not among Ken’s predictions: potential comedy supporting actor nominees Danny Pudi (Community) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation). Those omissions would seriously depress me. Pudi’s pop culture-loving Abed is the reason we first bought into Community‘s theme episodes, which are generally the best episodes of the series, and while Joel McHale’s Jeff is the leader of the study group, it’s Abed who is its heart. There’s a reason the audience relates most to the character that’s supposed to be the most socially awkward — credit Pudi’s performance. Pudi didn’t make Ken’s wish list (he’s pulling for Community‘s Chevy Chase to make this category), but Offerman — along with his castmates Chris Pratt and Adam Scott — did. If Parks and Recreation earns its first Outstanding Comedy nom — which it should — it’d be a shame not to see one of these guys (preferably Offerman, who’s made Ron Swanson as signature as Jane Lynch did Glee‘s Sue Sylvester) make the Academy’s cut.

And speaking of the Outstanding Comedy category, Ken is among those who’d like to see the Academy create a new dramedy category, so you don’t have shows like Glee (or Nurse Jackie and The Big C) competing with sitcoms like his other predicted nominees: Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Office, The Big Bang Theory, and Parks and Recreation. We talked to John Leverence, the Television Academy’s SVP of Awards, about that ongoing debate last month. “When the Board was thinking about this, the feeling was that no, comedy is a broad spectrum, but we think that the comedy series category can accommodate that broad spectrum. You have the same kind of thing going on in the drama series. You have something like The Killing, which after every episode you want to go kill yourself … But you have things like Castle and White Collar,” he said. “The awards committee did a review, looked at the lineup, and they said, ‘The hell with it, let’s leave comedies where they are.’ The Board of Governors does not want to get into a game of Whac-A-Mole.”

Your turn, PopWatchers: Which longshot are you rooting for most?

Read more:

Ken Tucker: My Emmy nominee predictions in all major categories: Here’s what you can expect tomorrow

Ken Tucker’s dream Emmy ballot: What SHOULD be nominated

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