Splitsider’s Fantasy Emmy Picks 2013

The 2013 Primetime Emmys are set to take place this Sunday under the reign of host Neil Patrick Harris, with shows, performers, and behind-the-scenes types competing for the TV industry’s most sought-after awards. Real Emmy nominees were announced in July, but because some of us don’t live in reality, here are Splitsider’s fantasy Emmy nominations and winners:

Outstanding Comedy Series

30 Rock



Happy Endings


Parks and Recreation

Louie’s been awards bait ever since it premiered, but the episode trilogy at the end of the year that saw Louis C.K. desperately training to take over for Letterman as host of The Late Show saw the show reach new heights and felt even more cinematic than Louie has felt before.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Portia de Rossi, Arrested Development

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

The Emmys actually got it pretty right with this category. We only swapped Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie for Portia de Rossi from Arrested Development just because Nurse Jackie skews closer to drama than comedy. Tina Fey should win because it’s her brainchild 30 Rock’s last season.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Fred Armisen, Portlandia

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Jon Benjamin, Bob’s Burgers

Charlie Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Louis C.K., Louie

Nathan Fielder, Nathan for You

Louis C.K. took home two writing Emmys last year, but he has yet to win for his acting. He’s usually beat out by the likes of Jon Cryer and Jim Parsons in this category, but C.K. deserves the acting Emmy this year more than ever thanks to the aforementioned three-part Late Show trilogy that really showed off his emotional range. Newcomer Nathan Fielder also had a stellar year on his Comedy Central docu-reality series Nathan for You, while Always Sunny has never been nominated for an Emmy (something the show recently made fun of ) and no one on that series is more deserving of a shiny prize than breakout star Charlie Day.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Will Arnett, Arrested Development

Adam Driver, Girls

Bill Hader, SNL

Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation

Chris Pratt, Parks and Recreation

Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings

Nick Offerman should just receive this Emmy as a big apology for the Emmys completely ignoring him for the last five year for his awards-worthy (at the very least, nomination-worthy) performance as mustachioed bureaucrat Ron Swanson.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Zosia Mamet, Girls

Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation

Casey Wilson, Happy Endings

ABC’s recently-canceled comedy Happy Endings featured an ensemble of six talented performers who were perfect fits for their characters, but Casey Wilson’s romantically-doomed character Penny is perhaps the show’s funniest and it’s only fitting for her to earn some awards recognition the last year the show’s eligible for it.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

30 Rock - “Last Lunch” by Tina Fey & Tracey Wigfield

Archer - “Sea Tunt: Part 1” by Adam Reed

Girls - “It’s a Shame About Ray” by Lena Dunham

Louie - “Late Show Part 3” by Louis C.K.

New Girl - “Elaine’s Big Day” by Christian Magalhães & Bob Snow

Parks and Recreation - “Leslie and Ben” by Michael Schur & Alan Yang

NBC originally ordered a shorter season of Parks and Recreation this last year, and “Leslie and Ben,” the episode in which those two get married, was written as a potential series finale for the show and it’s a good one. Full of funny moments and rewarding references for fans, “Leslie and Ben” is also emotionally poignant when it needs to be, just like Parks’ best episodes.

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report

Comedy Bang! Bang!

Key & Peele

Nathan for You


Saturday Night Live

There are a lot of great sketch/variety/talk/etc series on the air, but Comedy Central’s Nathan for You had such a stellar first season. Just the “Claw of Shame” episode alone is deserving of an award.

Splitsider’s Fantasy Emmy Picks 2013