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Billy Gardell of 'Mike & Molly'
Billy Gardell, "Mike & Molly"
Nomination Status: If Emmy voters respond to "Mike & Molly" he'll be a top contender.
In His Favor: A likable veteran TV comic gets to finally topline a show and it's a hit? That's the kinda underdog story Emmy voters may respond to. My previous predictions have included surprise nominations for Swoosie Kurtz and Melissa McCarthy, which would suggest some level of Emmy approval for the show. If I'm somehow right about those two nominations -- they're both among my less likely nomination predictions -- then Gardell will at least be a consideration.
Working Against Him: Unlike Melissa McCarthy, Billy Gardell isn't currently appearing in a big-screen smash comedy. And unlike Swoosie Kurtz, Billy Gardell isn't Swoosie Kurtz. There will be "sexier" (buzz-wise, not looks-wise) candidates in this field, alas.