‘The Good Place’s’ Ted Danson Will Accomplish This Very Rare Feat If He Takes Home a Trophy at the 2019 Emmys

Ted Danson is on the verge of accomplishing something very rare if he takes home an Emmy for The Good Place. Danson, who has a whopping 17 Emmy nominations, is in the running for an award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy for his part as the afterlife architect/demon named Michael. If he wins the award, he will be one of three actors to take home an Emmy for multiple shows.

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Danson looks to set rare Emmy feat

There have been two actors who have won Emmys for multiple shows. Richard Mulligan took home Emmys for Soap and Empty Nest, while Michael J. Fox won three awards for Family Ties followed by one for Spin City.

Every other winner in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy has only won for a single show. Danson, of course, hopes to change that.

According to Gold Derby, Ted Danson took home two Emmys for his work on Cheers. He was nominated in all 11 seasons of the show, making this year’s nomination his 13th in the category (he was also nominated last year for The Good Place).

The Good Place is currently in its third season on NBC. Apart from Danson, the series is up for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Danson’s co-star, Maya Rudolph, is also in the running for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

Apart from The Good Place and Cheers, Danson got an Emmy bid for Something About Amelia and three for Damages.

Will Ted Danson win another Emmy?

With the Emmys only a few days away, Danson is second in predictions to win the Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy. Leading the pack in this category is Bill Hader, who won last year for his portrayal of a hitman turned actor in HBO’s hit show, Barry.

Other nominees in this category include Don Cheadle (Black Monday), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method), and Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek).

Considering the competition, Danson has his work cut out. Barry is easily the more popular show with the critics, having received two Emmys in previous years. It is also up for nine awards this year, compared to a handful of bids for The Good Place.

That said, Ted Danson could easily take home the award, especially given how Hader already has one under his belt.

If Danson does win another Emmy, he will join a short list of actors who have won three of the awards. Dick Van Dyke (The Dick Van Dyke Show), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun), and Don Adams (Get Smart), have each won three Emmys.

What ‘The Good Place’ episode is up for consideration?

Danson submitted the season 3 episode, “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will,” for Emmy consideration. The episode featured Michael trying to convince Eleanor (Kristen Bell) that he frequently failed to predict her choices.

Michael showed Eleanor all of the times she got romantic with Chidi (William Jackson Harper) while they were living in The Good Place. Michael’s goal was to prove that Eleanor’s actions were not predetermined.

The installment featured Ted Danson at his best and highlighted his ability to juggle laughs with a serious topic. The episode also set up an emotional season 3 finale, though the verdict is out if it is good enough to win him an Emmy.

The biggest argument against Danson is that he could not best Hader last time, so why would things be any different this year? This is especially true given how Barry was even stronger in season 2 and could easily win several Emmys before the night is over.

Danson, fortunately, has some good things going for him. For starters, he has been in this position before and came out on top. The last season of The Good Place was also well received by critics, giving Danson some momentum to build on.

Whether or not this is even for Ted Danson to win his third Emmy is yet to be seen, but we definitely like his chances.

The 71st Primetime Emmys are scheduled to air on September 22 on Fox.