When Chris Colfer was nominated for best supporting comedy actor last year, he had one obvious episode of "Glee" to submit to Emmy judges. "Laryngitis" was packed with everything –- angst, humor, tension, suspense and even a rattle-the-rafters musical number. In it, his gay character, Kurt, tried to pass as straight to please his disapproving father but failed and ended by defiantly belting out a variation on "Rose's Turn" from the musical "Gypsy."
Colfer lost to Eric Stonestreet, who submitted the "Fizbo" episode of "Modern Family," but most Emmy pundits believe that it was a close contest. Now that Colfer is back in the race and will soon be exiting "Glee," the pressure is on. The recent Golden Globe champ needs to make a strong new episode submission to the judges if he wants to catch up with Emmy. But which one? Colfer has many good segments to choose from, but not one standout.
He's up against all four adult male cast members from "Modern Family": Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill, and last year's winner, Stonestreet. Conventional wisdom might suggest the "Modern" men will split the vote, but not so at the Emmys. Every actor submits one episode for consideration, and with four "Modern" actors in the race, each will have the advantage of appearing in four different submissions: their own and those of their co-stars. That's why a show with multiple nominated actors in a category tends to win.
We ask our forum posters for their views. Samples below. See more here.
RBurton: I'm on the fence between "Never Been Kissed" and "Born This Way." In the former, he has one explosive dramatic scene and a few genial, subtler ones alongside Darren Criss. There's no telling how that would play to Emmy voters, who'll be viewing this alongside traditional sitcoms.
FEDEclown: DEFINITELY "Duets." I think that is his most competitive one for comedy. The other episodes that he is considering are just not enough ("Grilled Cheesus," "Never Been Kissed," "Born This Way").
Brilliance inmorbid: I don't know why anyone is even considering "Born this Way." He doesn't have much screen time and annoys with the material he does have.
Atypical: Ideally I'd hope that Chris Colfer would submit "Prom Queen" as his tape. It has both great comedic and dramatic moments in it, and I think it best represents what Kurt went through in season 2 (dealing with homophobia and bullying).
LonePirate: He should submit one where he is acting and not whining, provided such a tape exists.
MissyGal: If he wants to go with a tape with the most impact, he needs to go with "Prom Queen." It's not a comedic tape, by any means, but it makes a strong impression.
Jss0058: He isn't going to out-"funny" the other contestants with any tape, so he should go with his best work of the season which is "Grilled Cheesus."
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Chris Colfer in the "Born This Way" episode of "Glee." Credit: Fox TV