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Emmys 2011: Predicting Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

June 24, 2011

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Here’s how it works: some of these ladies will get nominated, some deserve to get nominated and some haven’t got a chance in hell. I am listing everyone who’s a real player, but for MY dream ballot, the chosen six are written in orange. As I have said in the past, this is my list; if you don’t like what’s on it, go sign up for a website and make your own list. Only 24 actresses submitted for this category. That may sound like a lot, but when you consider that The Good Wife has almost 24 viable acting nominations in play… I joke, but not really. The number is low when considering the other categories. That being said, let’s dig in.

Toni Collette, United States of Tara – This is SO not a comedic role. And, as the season (and series) wound down, the role became dramatically more dramatic. If she submitted as Lead Actress in a Drama, she would be a serious contender. She should still make the ballot, though.



Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory – the lead actress in one of the highest-rated comedies on TV: Cuoco should have already been nominated, but do you see how Showtime-heavy this category is? Not a chance, but she’s a sweet lady.



Courtney Cox, Cougar Town – Cox was never nominated for Friends, which was stupid. And last year, when she was the clear lead on Cougar Town she still wasn’t nominated. Again, stupid. Did she piss off the NATAS or what? Give her the damn Emmy already.



Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie – We’ve discussed this before. Jackie is a good show, with a brilliant premise. The problem is that in three seasons, Jackie’s friends and husband know the truth, but she’s still doing exactly what she was before her “intervention.” That isn’t to say that Falco isn’t doing an amazing job. Given her material, she knocks it out of the proverbial park scene after scene.



Patricia Heaton, The Middle – Her show is Roseanne light. Emmy loves her. I don’t.



Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly – The highest-rated new comedy of last year, but it has absolutely no buzz. McCarthy, on the other hand, has found herself a household name based on her hit film Bridesmaids. If she gets a nomination, it’s for the movie, not the show. I wouldn’t be too mad about that, though.


Yes, I used a shot from Bridesmaids instead of Mike & Molly. We all know the truth.


Tina Fey, 30 Rock – Fey’s name will be on the ballot as long as 30 Rock is on the air. And it should be. She can really do no wrong.



Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation – Hate the show, love her. She should get a nomination. Expect it.



Laura Linney, The Big C: It’s Linney’s turn. Collette and Falco have already won awards for their turns in “comedies” on Showtime. Linney, as an in-denial stage-4 cancer patient hits exactly the right note.



Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope – I actually haven’t watched the show, but every time Plimpton guests on The Good Wife, I get excited. She’s amazing. I’m sure she’s just as good on Hope…




joseph’s choice to win it all: Linney is the favorite in this category and Poehler is riding high as the next in line. Of course, you can never count out Falco or Fey. Hell, this is a tough category. I’m going with Courtney Cox because she won’t be the winner. Sad, but true. Again, she might as well win an award from my sofa if nothing else.

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Emmys 2011: Predicting Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

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