By Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist Published Aug 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards begin at 7 p.m. Sunday on Channel 4.

Let's get right to the meat of today's business, the nominees in some of the key categories, and my guesses on who should win and who will win:

Best actor in a drama: Nominees are Bryan Cranston "Breaking Bad," Michael C. Hall "Dexter," Hugh Laurie "House," Jon Hamm "Mad Men," Matthew Fox "Lost," Kyle Chandler "Friday Night Lights."

I'm thinking Michael C. Hall is a sentimental favorite, after his apparently successful cancer battle. But my pick for who should win is Jon Hamm, after last year's best season of AMC's "Mad Men."

Best actress in a drama: Nominees are Connie Britton "Friday Night Lights," Glenn Close "Damages," Mariska Hargitay "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Kyra Sedgwick "The Closer," January Jones "Mad Men," Julianna Margulies ‘The Good Wife."

Connie Britton deserves the win, but I'm going to say Glenn Close will pick up the Emmy in this category.

Best actor in a comedy: Nominees are Alec Baldwin "30 Rock," Tony Shalhoub "Monk," Jim Parsons ‘The Big Bang Theory," Steve Carell ‘The Office," Larry David "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Matthew Morrison "Glee."

Jim Parsons should be in the supporting actor category, but he's a favorite to win here. My pick is Alec Baldwin, the funniest actor in any category.

Best actress in a comedy: Nominees are Tina Fey "30 Rock," Lea Michele "Glee," Julia Louis-Dreyfus ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine," Amy Poehler "Parks and Recreation," Toni Collette "United States of Tara," Edie Falco "Nurse Jackie."

This could be a big year for "Glee" and I wouldn't be surprised by a Lea Michele win. But I'm sticking with Tina Fey, the funniest woman in TV, even when she's not playing Sarah Palin.

Best supporting actor in a drama series: Nominees are Andre Braugher "Men of a Certain Age," Aaron Paul "Breaking Bad," Michael Emerson "Lost," John Slattery "Mad Men," Martin Short "Damages," Terry O'Quinn "Lost."

I'm sticking with "Mad Men" and John Slattery. And I think he may actually win.

Best supporting actress in a drama series: Nominees are Rose Byrne "Damages," Christine Baranski "The Good Wife," Archie Panjabi "The Good Wife," Elisabeth Moss "Mad Men," Christina Hendricks "Mad Men," Sharon Gless "Burn Notice."

I'm loyal to "Mad Men." While my pick for who should win is the quirky Elisabeth Moss, I think Christina Hendricks has more buzz and will win. I won't be disappointed either way.

Best supporting actor in a comedy series: Nominees are Eric Stonestreet "Modern Family," Neil Patrick Harris "How I Met Your Mother," Chris Colfer "Glee," Jon Cryer "Two And A Half Men," Ty Burrell "Modern Family," Jesse Tyler Ferguson "Modern Family."

Eric Stonestreet is among the amazing performers in ABC's "Modern Family," and my easy pick for who should win this category. But I think the "Glee" juggernaut means it will go to Chris Colfer.

Best supporting actress in a comedy series: Nominees are Jane Lynch "Glee," Kristen Wiig "Saturday Night Live," Sofia Vergara "Modern Family" Jane Krakowski "30 Rock" Holland Taylor ‘Two and A Half Men" Julie Bowen "Modern Family."

I think Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen divide the "Mad Men" vote, although Bowen is my pick for the most hilarious modern mom on TV. Still, there's little chance Jane Lynch won't take this Emmy home.

Feel free to add your Emmy picks, and tweet along with me Sunday night.

More Emmy talk: For my picks on best comedy and drama series, check out the weekly TV edition of OnMedia on Time Warner Cable's Wisconsin on Demand Channel 411. I'm joined by blogger Gino Salomone for our Emmy preview show.

If you're up late Sunday night, I'll be offering my Emmy post-mortem with Steve King and Johnnie Putman on Chicago's WGN-AM (720) at 2 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning.

Ghosts of Emmys past: Here's a clip from the 1968 Emmy broadcast, featuring a young Steve Martin as part of the writing team for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."

Tim Cuprisin Media Columnist

Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.

A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.

In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at

When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.