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Emmys 2016: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees!

The biggest shock of the 2015 Emmy nominations announcement was undoubtedly the omission of The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons from the race for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — a category in which he’d prevailed in four of the five prior years.

No disrespect to Parsons, but here’s hoping that little dash of unpredictability grows into something even more revolutionary when the 2016 nominations are unveiled.

Indeed, only three of TVLine’s dream nominees in the category were actually on the ballot last year — meaning there’s more work to be done!

Yes, yes, we realize some dreams don’t/won’t come true — this one more likely included — but that won’t stop us from beating the drum in the name of quality.

For the record, 2016 Emmy nominations will be made from June 13-27, and announced July 14. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is slated to air Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — to peruse our septet of choices, then sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Shaun says:

    No Andre Braugher?Or the guy who plays Jimmy on You’re the Worst?Will Forte does the basest humor and misses most of the time.

    • Steven says:

      Andre Braugher is supporting. Thomas Middleditch should win, but Greg Poehler and Chris Geere deserve nominations. I’m sure William H Macy will be nominated for an uninspired and dull season of Shameless.

  2. Hellas13 says:

    Once again including not-humorous shows in the “comedy” category. Guy from Silicon Valley should win hands down. Laugh out loud comedy and great performance by him — and the entire team.

  3. Jules says:

    While I adore Jeffery Tambor and Aziz on their shows, they’re amazing, but no one holds a candle to Thomas Middleditch. He’s genius. All of the guys on that show kill it but he’s just perfection.

  4. It should be Thomas Middleditch. Although I think it is a shame to leave out Chris Geere. And while I think it has been good to give proper attention to Transparent and Jeffery Tambor’s brave representation, that show, to me, has lost its traction.

  5. flowerduh says:

    I hope that Thomas Middleditch gets a nomination at the Emmy’s this year. Silicon Valley is hilarious and deserves so much love. The whole cast is funny. My favorite characters are Gilfoyle and Bighead.

  6. webly3 says:

    My dream noms are
    Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
    Aziz Ansari – Master of None
    Andy Daly – Review
    Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth
    Richard Middleditch – Silicon Valley
    Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

    I didn’t watch The Grinder unfortunately. But, I did watch almost every other critically-acclaimed comedy this year. Apparently, TVLine didn’t watch Review because then Review would definitely be nominated in this category because of Andy Daly’s insanely great performance.

  7. h says:

    Rob Lowe?? You gotta be kidding!

  8. Terrie says:

    I have 1 question… Where is Outlander .. It has love, action, betrayal, adventure etc the greatest tv series I’ve watched in a long time wake up Emmy’s. & All the award shows .. Outlander deserves an Oscar, Emmy, whatever awards they are giving out … To date … 😩😩😩