The 2015 Emmy Awards are just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate the best achievements on television over the past year.  We're breaking down this year's nominated actors and shows, to help you prepare for the big day.  Up first... Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

... and the nominees are:


… as “Captain Ray Holt” in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

(FOX • Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment)

Andre Bruagher’s deadpan depiction of “Captain Raymond Holt” in the Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is pure magic.  The show which brings Braugher back to television as the straight-laced, OCD, and humorless “Captain Holt” ironically manages to capture Braugher as one of – if not the – funniest characters on the show, which in all honestly is pretty perfectly cast.  This is the ninth (interesting…) Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher.


… as “Titus Andromedon” in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix)

Tituss Burgess has been a fixture on the Broadway stage for years, but audiences have been reintroduced to his larger than life personality as “Titus Andromedon” on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  As “Titus” (with one ‘s’) Burgess portrays a struggling theatre actor in New York City whose attempts to become a viral sensation with a tragically awful, but comedically brilliant, music video call “Peeno Noir.” Burgess’ brings scene-stealing uniqueness and laughs to the character and the show. This is Tituss’ first Emmy nomination.


… as “Phil Dunphy” in Modern Family

(ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television)

Ty Burrell has played America’s favorite loveable-idiot since 2009 when Modern Family and his character “Phil Dunphy" appeared on screen.  Since then, we have watched Ty’s “Phil” impart wisdom, humor, and sweetness – with the occasional meltdown. Burrell’s timing, personality, and charisma have made “Phil Dunphy” into one of television’s most beloved characters.  This is Ty’s sixth Emmy nomination; he’s won twice before for his Modern Family role.


… as “Adam Sackler” in Girls

(HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Apatow Productions and I am Jenni Konner Productions)

Adam Driver plays “Adam Sackler,” a quirky recovering alcoholic, and on-again / off-again boyfriend to lead character “Hannah,” in HBO’s Girls. Arguably the series’ breakout star, Driver’s often quiet depiction of “Adam” mixes volatility and crassness, with humor and empathy, and is a wonderful  - non-girl – addition to Girls.  This is Adam’s third Emmy nomination.


… as Gary Walsh in Veep

(HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions)

Tony Hale plays the personal assistant / punching bag to President Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep. Hale’s depiction as the long-suffering, constantly abused, and loyal to a fault “Gary Walsh” brings an awkward hilarity to the screen.  From bag boy, to lip balm man, Walsh’s constant efforts to gain the approval of President Meyer and everyone around him, make his one of the most memorable and impactful characters on the show, and Hale does an excellent job of bringing him to life.  Tony has received three Emmy nominations for his role on Veep, including one win.


… as Various characters in Key & Peele

(Comedy Central • Cindylou, Monkeypaw Productions, Martel & Roberts Productions, Principato-Young Entertainment)

Keegan-Michael Key makes up one half of the sketch comedy duo Key & Peele, whose Comedy Central show takes an irreverent look at life in sometime boundary pushing, and always-hilarious ways. This is Key’s fifth Emmy nomination, though it should be noted that he is up for an additional three nominations this year for his work on Key & Peele.



This was a great year for Modern Family, and Ty Burrell was brilliant as ever.  He's an Emmy favorite, and our pick for this year's winner.


It's a longshot, but it would be a welcome shocker to see Andre Braugher take home the win. 

Be sure to tune into the 67th Emmy Awards airing live, Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Fox.


Who do you think will win? Leave your predictions in the comments!