Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016 Emmy Contenders: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2016 Contenders
Allison Janney "Mom"
Anna Chlumsky "Veep"
Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"
Judith Light "Transparent"
Jane Krakowski "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Julie Bowen "Modern Family"
Niecy Nash "Getting On"
Mayim Bialik "The Big Bang Theory"
Diane Wiest "Life in Pieces"
Gaby Hoffman "Transparent"
Amy Landecker "Transparent"
Sufe Bradshaw "Veep"
Carol Kane "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Jenifer Lewis "black-ish"
Marsai Martin "black-ish"
Yara Shahidi "black-ish"
Melissa Rauch "The Big Bang Theory"
Kaley Cuoco "The Big Bang Theory"
Kether Donohue "You're The Worst"
Bernadette Peters "Mozart in the Jungle"
Melanie Lynskey "Togetherness"
Amanda Peet "Togetherness"
Hannah Simone "New Girl"
Sofia Vergara "Modern Family"
Sarah Hyland "Modern Family"
Jaime Pressley "Mom"
Mimi Kennedy "Mom"
Frances Conroy "Casual"
Tara Lynne Barr "Casual"
Carrie Brownstein "Portlandia"
Jacki Weaver "Blunt Talk"
Aidy Bryant "Saturday Night Live"
Leslie Jones "Saturday Night Live"
Cecily Strong "Saturday Night Live"
Sasheer Zamata "Saturday Night Live"
Chelsea Peretti "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Melissa Fumero "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Stephanie Beatriz "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
Alex Borstein "Getting On"
Betsy Brandt "Life in Pieces"
Zoe Lister-Jones "Life in Pieces"
Angelique Cabral "Life in Pieces"
Noel Wells "Master of None"
Mary Steenburgen "The Last Man on Earth"
Martha Kelly "Baskets"
Hilary Duff "Younger"
Debi Mazar "Younger"
Priscilla Faia "You Me Her"
Rachel Blanchard "You Me Her"
Loretta Devine "The Carmichael Show"
Christina Hendricks "Another Period"
Lea Michele "Scream Queens"
Niecy Nash "Scream Queens"
Jamie Lee Curtis "Scream Queens"
Keke Palmer "Scream Queens"
Molly Shannon "Wet Hot American Summer"
Amy Poehler "Wet Hot American Summer"
Kristen Wiig "Wet Hot American Summer"
Elizabeth Banks "Wet Hot American Summer"
Andrea Navedo "Jane the Virgin"
Ivonne Coll "Jane the Virgin"
Yael Groblas "Jane the Virgin"
Kristen Bell "House of Lies"
Debra Winger "The Ranch"
Paget Brewster "Grandfathered"
Debra Lawrence "Please Like Me"
Caitlin Stacey "Please Like Me"
Swoosie Kurtz "Mike & Molly"
Frances de la Tour "Vicious"
Marcia Warren "Vicious"

Commentary - This category was so tough last year, that eight nominees emerged, and all eight return to the race: Allison Janney, Julie Bowen, Gaby Hoffman, Niecy Nash, Kate McKinnon, Jane Krakowski, Anna Chlumsky, and Mayim Bialik. Honestly, while there are a lot of contenders, the final list will probably be pulled from those same eight ladies. So if anyone is going to breakthrough this group, who? Well, there legends like Carol Kane, Judith Light, and Dianne Wiest, and the rest of the supporting members of Life in Pieces and Transparent. There are the rest of the SNL cast, and the various supporting characters on Wet Hot American Summer (and its incredible cast with long Emmy histories), Scream Queens (especially Jamie Lee Curtis), You Me Her, The Big Bang Theory, Togetherness, Younger, and black-ish (particularly the extraordinary Jenifer Lewis who steals every single scene she is in, and always is good for comedic relief, even in the show's darker moments). Kether Donohue, and the whole cast of You're the Worst should be in the mix, Christina Hendricks could jump in after her Mad Men run with Another Period, and Noel Wells, Alex Borstein, Martha Kelly, and Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen could get attention for scene-stealing roles. Bernadette Peters is a legend, the girls from Mom round out a great female cast, the Jane of Virgin girls are as deserving as the rest of the show, Debra Winger is a legend, and if I had my way then the Casual supporting players, as well as the duos of Please Like Me and Vicious would be at least be in the conversation. Emmy season is upon us!

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