Emmys

Much like any Emmy race, Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series has its perennial nominees. Occasionally, it’ll have its break-out newbie and its break-out new nominee who’s been in a show they’ve loved for a long time.

2014 Nominees (there were SEVEN!):

  1. Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackiewinner
  2. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  3. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  4. Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  5. Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
  6. Jane Lynch, Glee
  7. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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Last year, Merritt Wever pulled one of the most head-scratching Emmy victories of recent memory. Played as an also-ran based on her nothing-special episode submission, Miss Wever managed to get a bare majority of the vote as spread out amongst seven women. Perhaps her panel was merely fans of Nurce Jackie. Indeed, last year also saw the welcomed return of 2012 snubee, Jane Krakowski and an un-welcomed return to fellow 2012 snubee, Jane Lynch. Only Veep’s Anna Chlumsky was a first time nominee in this category last year.

All 2013 nominees, with the exception of Krakowski, are eligible.

The Contenders:

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JULIE BOWEN — MODERN FAMILY

Performances like Julie Bowen’s on Modern Family are just the kind that Emmy will return to over and over until the well runs dry. I expect to see Bowen with a nomination until the show ends. Analyzing her shot of a nomination is foolhardy. The real question is: Can she win back her crown she lost last year?

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CHELSEA PERETTI — BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Because I get to write this article, I also get to play favorites. If I had a personal Emmy ballot, I’m not sure any actress would come close to Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s resident sociopath receptionist, Chelsea Peretti. She’s funny, charming, and can only express her true emotions in the form of emojis. Racecar, devil face, salsa lady.

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SOFIA VERGARA — MODERN FAMILY

Unlike her co-star, Sofia Vergara has never been an Emmy favorite for her hilarious performance on Modern Family? While Bowen has won twice, Vergara never seems to get close, despite receiving four nominations. A combination of bad tape submissions and having little to work with on the show have contributed her to lack of Emmy success. But she has a few episodes this year that could work. Emmys don’t seem to be slowing down on their love for this show, so expect to see Vergara invited back.

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MAYIM BIALIK — THE BIG BANG THEORY

When Mayim Bialik was nominated for her first Emmy in 2012 for her work as Dr. Amy on The Big Bang Theory there were few people happier than me. Since the show added her character mid-way through its run, Amy has been an integral part of the show. Bialik makes what would otherwise be a flat, one-note character into a funny person. I expect to see her back.

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ALLISON JANNEY — MOM

I don’t watch Mom, but judging by her four Emmys for The West Wing, the Emmys love Allison Janney. She also has her guest appearance in Masters of Sex to boost her profile. I hear she’s hilarious in Mom, so who knows? This race needs new blood.

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ANNA CHLUMSKY – VEEP

Speaking as someone who likes Veep a lot, I’ve never gotten the hubbub over Anna Chlumsky. She’s had a lot to do this season, though, and is particularly funny while doing it. Since the TV Academy’s love for Veep only seems to grow, I don’t expect their acting nomination haul to suddenly decrease.

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KATE MULGREW — ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
TV’s best ensemble will need representation at the awards show honoring TV, right? Of all the Supporting—not Guest—players on Orange is the New Black, veteran actress Kate Mulgrew seems to have the best shot at a nomination. Her Red is fiery as ever, managing to be both funny, serious, and heartbreaking. Mulgrew must maintain a difficult accent, too. I’d be very pleased to see her on nomination morning.

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ANY OTHER ACTRESS — ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
While Kate Mulgrew is the prohibitive candidate from Netflix’s masterful Orange is the New Black, I wouldn’t count out the strong depth chart on the prison drama. Curiously, Netflix seems to be playing into Mulgrew’s hand, deciding to submit Laverene Cox and Uzo Aduba in Guest Actress. Indeed, the only actresses submitted alongside Mulgrew are: Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Laura Prepon (Alex), and Samira Wiley (Poussey). It doesn’t seem like the TV Academy would respond to any of those ladies, however.

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MERRITT WEVER – NURSE JACKIE

Merritt Wever snuck into the race in 2012. Likewise, she snuck into the race in 2013. Heck, she didn’t get Emmy’s attention until past the third season of Nurse Jackie. Will she have the quality of episodes to find her way back to a nomination? Will they blindly vote last year’s winner in, or will she drop out much like Eric Stonestreet and Jon Cryer have recently following a win?

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ALLISON WILLIAMS, JEMINA KIRKE, OR ZOSIA MAMET — GIRLS
Despite the strong quartet at the center of Girls, only Lena Dunham has managed to get Emmy’s attention. Full disclosure: I haven’t watched this season yet. Any of these ladies stand out? It seems like poor Zosia Mamet has been so close two consecutive years.

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JANE LYNCH – GLEE
There was a time many people thought Jane Lynch’s initially funny performance in Glee could win this category in perpetuity. And then no one cared. Highly doubt she somehow sneaks back in again. Never say never.

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KALEY CUOCO — THE BIG BANG THEORY
A few years ago Kaley Cuoco finally stopped submitting herself in Lead for The Big Bang Theory. Coincidentally, that also coincided with the blossoming of Mayim Bialik’s Amy on the show. Since Bialik’s addition to the cast, the writer’s haven’t cared too much about Penny. However, this season, she was given a strong arc, and we know voters actually watch this show. Could happen.

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AN SNL GIRL — SNL
Saturday Night Live has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to their current female talent. Worthy consideration should be thrown Vanessa Bayer’s way for her hilarious Jewish boy of Weekend Update. Kate McKinnon brings a fiery intensity to each silly character, the likes of which I haven’t seen since Molly Shannon. Cecily Strong has done a wonderful job filling the giant shoes left by Seth Meyer. And, finally, Aidy Bryant is the stealthiest comedienne on the show.

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AMY SCHUMER – INSIDE AMY SCHUMER
There’s buzz around Inside Amy Schumer. People love it, and Amy’s Aaron Sorkin parody video went viral a few months ago. But 1) do voters even watch this show, and 2) will they buy this ridiculous category fraud?

Predicted Nominees, In Order Of Nomination Likelihood (NOT winning likelihood):

  1. Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  2. Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  3. Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  4. Allison Janney, Mom
  5. Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  6. Kate Mulgrew, Orange is the New Black

So did I forget anyone? Where am I wrong? Speak to me, Emmy gurus!