Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2015 Contenders
Ellen Barkin "Happyish"
Vanessa Bayer "Saturday Night Live"
Stephanie Beatriz "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Kristen Bell "House of Lies"
Valerie Bertinelli "Hot in Cleveland"
Mayim Bialik "The Big Bang Theory"
Julie Bowen "Modern Family"
Sufe Bradshaw "Veep"
Carrie Brownstein "Portlandia"
Aidy Bryant "Saturday Night Live"
Anna Chlumsky "Veep"
Amanda Crew "Silicon Valley"
Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting "The Big Bang Theory"
Frances de la Tour "Vicious"
Hilary Duff "Younger"
Megan Ferguson "The Comedians"
Melissa Fumero "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Tamsin Greig "Episodes"
Tymberlee Hill "Marry Me"
Gaby Hoffman "Transparent"
Sarah Hyland "Modern Family"
Allison Janney "Mom"
Dot-Marie Jones "Glee"
January Jones "The Last Man on Earth"
Leslie Jones "Saturday Night Live"
Carol Kane "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Mimi Kennedy "Mom"
Jemima Kirke "Girls"
Jane Krakowski "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Amy Landecker "Transparent"
Debra Lawrance "Please Like Me"
Jane Leeves "Hot in Cleveland"
Judith Light "Transparent"
Jane Lynch "Glee"
Melanie Lynskey "Togetherness"
Wendie Malick "Hot in Cleveland"
Zosia Mamet "Girls"
Marsai Martin "black-ish"
Debi Mazar "Younger"
Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"
Laurie Metcalf "The McCarthy's"
Christa Miller "Cougar Town"
Heather Morris "Glee"
Andrea Navedo "Jane the Virgin"
Amanda Peet "Togetherness"
Chelsea Peretti "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Melissa Peterman "Baby Daddy"
Busy Philipps "Cougar Town"
Aubrey Plaza "Parks & Recreation"
Carrie Preston "Happyish"
Melissa Rauch "The Big Bang Theory"
Retta "Parks & Recreation"
Amber Riley "Glee"
Naya Rivera "Glee"
Yara Shahidi "black-ish"
Eden Sher "The Middle"
Hannah Simone "New Girl"
Anna Deveare Smith "Nurse Jackie"
Cecily Strong "Saturday Night Live"
Jenna Ushkowitz "Glee"
Sofia Vergara "Modern Family"
Marcia Warren "Vicious"
Lauren Weedman "Looking"
Stephnie Weir "The Comedians"
Merritt Wever "Nurse Jackie"
Betty White "Hot in Cleveland"
Allison Williams "Girls"
Sarah Wright "Marry Me"
Sasheer Zamata "Saturday Night Live"

Commentary - With Orange is the New Black switching to Drama there is at least one slot to fill in this year's race. Allison Janney is sure to return, and will probably easily win a second Emmy in this category. She is fantastic in Mom, and literally every episode this season could be a submission. Julie Bowen could hang on another year, but after her co-star Sofia Vergara missed the cut last year, it means that Bowen is vulnerable. That being said, she is a safe bet, and don't discount a Vergara comeback. Mayim Bialik continues to be a popular, and she and co-stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Melissa Rauch are always in the mix as The Big Bang Theory continues to be a ratings juggernaut. Anna Chlumsky has been underestimated the last couple of years, and as Veep continues to rise in terms of nominations, I think that as Veep continues to be a favorite, Chlumsky continues to be a contender. Finally, there is Kate McKinnon, a delightful surprise last year. She continues to be a standout on the show, but she has plenty of female co-stars including Aidy Bryant, Vanessa Bayer, Sasheer Zamata, Cecily Strong, and Leslie Jones, that could breakthrough. Those are the five from last year that could return, leaving just one spot. I actually think there is more wiggle room here than the pundits and odds suggest. There are plenty of previous nominees/winners to watch for including Betty White, Jane Lynch (who is a real threat, she had a practically leading role this final season), Merritt Wever, Vergara (as previously mentioned), and Dot-Marie Jones, who is now in supporting due to the new episodes rule). But they are not the only ones to look out for. Transparent is really a drama, but it has some spectacular performances from Judith Light, Amy Landecker, and Gaby Hoffman. Brooklyn Nine-Nine was unjustly left out of so many categories last year, but has one of the best ensembles working on television today. Maybe some of the supporting actresses like Beatriz, Fumero, or especially Chelsea Perretti can get some love. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt could have a huge breakthrough this year at the Emmys thanks to Netflix being behind it and great reviews. This means that Carol Kane and Jane Krakowski (who is owed an Emmy for 30 Rock), could benefit in this category. Marcia Warren and Frances de la Tour are standouts in Vicious and could benefit from the love of all-things British. Neither The Comedians nor Happyish have been as well-received as we all thought, but that does not mean that Carrie Preston (a previous winner), Ellen Barkin (also a previous winner), Megan Ferguson, and Stephnie Weir should be counted out. I personally hate the character of Melissa on Last Man On Earth, but January Jones is a previous nominee on a popular new show with a lot of great reviews. Melanie Lynsky should submit in lead and Amanda Peet in supporting for Togetherness, but it looks like both are going supporting which could, unfortunately, cancel each other out. Finally, don't forget the supporting casts of Girls, Hot in Cleveland, Marry Me, Glee, Cougar Town, Parks & Recreation, as well as Lauren Weedman, Hannah Simone, Eden Sher, the daughters on black-ish, Debi Mazar and Hilary Duff on Younger, Andrea Navedo, and my personal favorite Debra Lawrence.

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