Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:06:26 GMT | By Vinnie Penn, MSN US TV contributor
2012 Primetime Emmys: Our predictions

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Ty Burrell (© Wireimage/Gregg DeGuire)
  • Peter Dinklage at the Emmys 2011 (© Wireimage/Jordan Strauss)
  • Modern Family (© ABC Inc/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Larry David (© Wireimage/Eric Charbonneau)
  • Melissa McCarthy (© Wireimage/JB Lacroix;)
  • Ty Burrell (© Wireimage/Gregg DeGuire)
  • Kathryn Joosten (© Wireimage/Jeff Vespa;)
  • Homeland (© Showtime/Everett/Rex Features)
  • Michelle Dockery, Claire Danes (© Wireimage)
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Nominees: Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett in Modern Family, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett in Modern Family, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker in Modern Family, Max Greenfield as Schmidt in New Girl, Bill Hader as various characters in Saturday Night Live.

I find this recent inclusion of Saturday Night Live players in acting categories a bit odd, especially as they always play such a sprawling collection of characters in one season. Plus, it's so hit-or-miss. Bill Hader has as much of a shot as Max Greenfield (New Girl), which is not much. So, cast division continues on Modern Family, or sharing the Emmy wealth, depending on how you look at it. I think it's down to Ed O'Neill or Ty Burrell. And while I'd like it to be the former, my gut says the latter takes it home.

Bottom line: Rooting for O'Neill, but Burrell wins.