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'The Office' farewell present to Steve Carell: Emmy?

The Office Steve Carell newsWhile appearing on "The Office," Steve Carell lost five Emmy bouts: twice to Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), once, most recently, to Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), once to Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") and once, quite ironically, to Ricky Gervais, who created the original British version of "The Office" but won his Emmy for "Extras" while competing against the U.S. version of "The Office."

Blame part of Carell's poor luck on the episodes submitted to the Emmy juries. They just didn't have the emotional oomph sufficient to knock voters' blocks off. But now Carell has two episodes that might prove victorious. For weeks, our forum commenters have been hyping his sweet marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) as a real winner. However, his farewell from the series was a heart-tugger with a plus: Being a special one-hour episode, it will be twice as long as most sitcom entries in the category.

Which one should he submit this year? Below, what our forum writers said when I posed the question. See more responses here.

Brilliance inmorbid: It was a good episode and a solid goodbye, but it could come off as overly sappy if you don't have an emotional connection to the series. Carell is the front-runner, but this isn't unbeatable.

LadyHathor25: Carell absolutely needs to go with "Goodbye, Michael". He would be a total fool to not to. This is a winning tape.

Hodag129: Tom, you're great and I appreciate all you do here, but this is a dumb question. Definitely "Goodbye Michael."

tv_freak: The goodbye episode because of screen time, sentiment, and it's equally emotional as the proposal. He may not even have the most LOL tape of the six nominees, especially if you have not watched this show from the start. All things considered, this is his episode from beginning to end.

GoMe91: I love Alec Baldwin, but if the Emmy voters give Alec the Emmy over Steve, they are not doing anyone any favors. Not the show 30 Rock. Not Alec. Because whoever weirdly beats Steve this year, will be criticized unmercifully until the next ceremony. So JUST GIVE STEVE THE EMMY ALREADY and make everyone happy. Jim Parsons already has one. Alec has two. Let's spread the love and give it to Steve after 7 amazing seasons!

-- Tom O'Neil

Photos: The farewell of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from "The Office" (top) and his proposal to Holly (lower). Credit: NBC

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Emmy inside track: The comedy series race

Modern Family 30 Rock

All six of our forum moderators believe "Modern Family" will reap the Emmy for comedy series again. Moderators Chris Beachum, Matt Cormier, Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble all place the ABC laffer in the top spot when ranking likely nominees according to their likelihood of winning. Four of them put "30 Rock" -- which won three times (2009, 2008, 2007) -- in second place. Licuria thinks "The Office" (winner, 2006) poses the most serious challenge to "Modern Family" continuing its reign, and Dixon gave his vote to "Glee."

-- Tom O'Neil

COMEDY SERIES

Beachum

Cormier

Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

‘30 Rock’

2

2

3

2

4

2

‘The Big Bang Theory’

6


6


5


6



6

‘The Big C’

4



5

‘Glee’

3

3

2

3

3

4

‘Hot in Cleveland’

5




5


‘Modern Family’

1

1

1

1

1

1

‘Nurse Jackie’

4


5

6


‘The Office’

4

5


4

2

3

‘Parks and Recreation’

6




 
BEST TV COMEDY SERIES
(Favorites)
"The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
"Episodes"
"Glee"
"Hot in Cleveland"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Modern Family"
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office"
"Parks & Recreation"
"Raising Hope"
"30 Rock"

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Steve Carell: Goodbye, 'The Office' -- Hello, Emmy?

Steve Carell The Office news

Steve Carell has never won an Emmy, but now four of our six forum moderators believe he'll finally prevail for his final season in "The Office" -- Marcus Dixon, Darrin Dortch, Rob Licuria and Matt Noble. According to their newly updated rankings in the Emmy race for lead comedy actor, our moderators are split on who else may be out front to win: Chris Beachum believes two-time champ Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") will triumph again while Matthew Cormier is betting on the return of last year's champ Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory").

Of course, it all comes down to the strength of the sample episode that the nominees decide to submit to the Emmy jury. Most of our pundits are betting on Carell because they assume he'll submit Michael's sweet marriage proposal to Holly (Amy Ryan) or else, if it's strong enough, his final farewell to the Dunder Mifflin gang.

Notice how many of our Emmy pundits believe Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family") will move up to the lead race after he failed to be nominated last year in supporting. Such a switch is speculation, not official. Also notice how none of our pundits includes past nominee Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men") in their rankings. How telling is that, eh?

-- Tom O'Neil

LEAD COMEDY ACTOR

Beachum

Cormier

Dixon

Dortch

Licuria

Noble

Alec Baldwin, ‘30 Rock’

1


2


3


2


3


3

Steve Carell, ‘The Office’

2


3


1


1


1


1

Matt LeBlanc, ‘Episodes’


6



5



Danny McBride, ‘Eastbound & Down’

6



5



 


3

Joel McHale, ‘Community’

4




6


4


5

Matthew Morrison, ‘Glee’

5


4


4


4


 


4

Ed O’Neill, ‘Modern Family’

5



5


 


 

Jim Parsons, ‘Big Bang Theory’

3


1


2


3


2


2

Matthew Perry, ‘Mr. Sunshine’




6


Jason Schwartzman, ‘Bored to Death’





6

William Shatner, “.... My Dad Says’

6





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