Tony Hale is the only actor to break into the Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy race. But will a brilliant viral campaign benefit secret weapon Timothy Simons?
First, let me assure you, I love Tony Hale as a comic actor. I’ve loved him on Arrested Development. I love him on HBO’s Veep. Yet, with a supporting cast like the one Veep boasts, it’s time, Emmy friends, to ask Tony Hale to step aside and let some of the others have a turn. Kevin Dunn. Gary Cole. Matt Walsh. Reid Scott. On any series with a smaller cast, these guys would be raking in the awards. Yet, it’s incredibly difficult to break through when Emmy loves a particular actor as much as they love Tony Hale. Still, let me propose an alternative: comic ninja warrior Timothy Simons.
Timothy Simons has emerged as an extremely reliable comic presence on Veep. Previous arcs saw the political beanpole run an independent “Washington insider” website in addition to the many peaks and valleys of his hilariously inept career. Yet, Veep season five has given Simons and the audience a brilliant, brilliant gift.