Golden Globes 2013 Predictions: TV Comedy

'Modern Family' and Alec Baldwin will likely take home statuettes, but should they?

Break out the bubbly and your best pair of Converse kicks: the Golden Globes are nigh! Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (both nominated) will take the stage Sunday, January 13, for the 70th annual ceremony honoring the best in film and television according to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

With just days until the big night, we’re offering up a closer look at the Television – Musical or Comedy category (no doubt close to the hearts of Fey and Poehler). Here’s our take on who will take home Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Modern Family” is the only nominated series to have already won a statuette. Will proverbial lightning strike twice?

Who Will Win: Yes, yes it will. The “Modern Family” machine is nearly unstoppable — the ABC series already dominates the Emmy Awards and it seems just a matter of time before it takes over the Globes.

Who Should Win: “Smash” took center stage and thrilled audiences and critics… until it didn’t. “Modern Family” and “The Big Bang Theory” are much the same week to week, so a win for “Episodes” or “Girls” seems most deserved. You know what? We’re going to go there: Let’s reward Lena “Voice of Her Generation” Dunham for her original, oft-cringeworthy look at 20-something angst.

Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
“House of Lies” star Don Cheadle and “Louie” star Louis C.K. are the only two nominees to have never taken home a Globe in this category.

Who Will Win: Given that fellow nominees Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons and Matt LeBlanc have at least one win under their belts, it’s an admittedly tough category to forecast. With “30 Rock” concluding its run on NBC, we give a slight advantage to Baldwin.

Who Should Win: Louis C.K. turns in a heartbreaking yet hysterical performance week after week, and it’s time he receive a bit of shine for something other than his writing abilities.

Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
The field here is almost equally split between comedy veterans (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) and relative newcomers (Zooey Deschanel and Lena Dunham).

Who Will Win: With her 2012 Emmy win and the HFPA’s recent taste for cable series actresses (a network starlet hasn’t taken home this honor since Tina Fey in 2009), “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus seems a shoo-in.

Who Should Win: Louis-Dreyfus’ seemingly effortless turn as clueless Vice President Selina Meyer is the stuff awards shows are made for. (Plus, we could really go for another acceptance-speech gag from Louis-Dreyfus and Poehler.)