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Emmys 2013: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

June 25, 2013
Clockwise from top left: Carly Chaikin, Toks Olagundoye, Cheryl Hines, Casey WIlson, Ana Gasteyer, Elisha Cuthbert, Allie Grant, Eliza Coupe

Clockwise from top left: Carly Chaikin, Toks Olagundoye, Cheryl Hines, Casey WIlson, Ana Gasteyer, Elisha Cuthbert, Allie Grant, Eliza Coupe

Ahhh, Emmy season is here. And as a fan of the medium of television, I get excited. I normally create extended lists, with viable candidates for each award and my picks for the top six. But, this year, I am going a different route. I have clear-cut favorites in multiple categories, so I am going to go ahead and tell you who should win. Now, if you have ever read any of my TV-related posts, you know that I tend to like shows that America doesn’t. So, most of these people will have to work to even get a nomination, much less a win. But that’s on them. I’m bestowing the sofa award on them. It doesn’t provide as significant a career boost, nor come with a trophy for their mantle, but recipients know it comes from love.

Up next, the sofa award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

I immediately thought of the Community girls: Alison Brie Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs. Truth be told, they pretty much cancel each other out. All superb, all integral parts of the delicate Community collective. Then I thought about other ensembles, like The Big Bang Theory, and realized that while Mayim Bialik picked up a nomination last year, we shouldn’t be holding our breaths for the academy to decide that Big Bang is the kind of show that generates multiple award nominees, even if Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco do good work. Let’s see… who else? Anna Chlumsky or Sufe Bradshaw from Veep? Anna Deveare Smith from Nurse Jackie? Her co-star (and last year nominee/sofa icon Merritt Wever? I don’t watch Girls or Modern Family, so sorry; they weren’t even in consideration. Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) was, but I don’t think she will win. Neither will Julie White (the best thing about Go On). Nor Busy Philipps (Cougar Town).

Who does that leave? The supporting cast of Suburgatory, which is superb. Carly Chaiken is hilarious week after week with her deadpan delivery of every line. Laugh out loud funny, I’m telling you. Ana Gasteyer, Cheryl Hines, Allie Grant – they’re all fabulous. Seriously, one of the funniest shows on TV. But then there’s the cast of the dearly departed Happy Endings. Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson make up the funniest trifecta on TV since Rachel, Monica and Phoebe. Hands down. And then, there’s the dark horse. Toks Olagundoye from The Neighbors, who I have repeatedly told you, scored the absolute funniest moment of the past year when she donned that gold lamé dress and adopted a Jersey accent for dinner out with her new (human) neighbor and her Jersey housewife friends. It was one of those career-starting episodes that should trigger a switch with every studio head in Hollywood to start sending comedy scripts Olagundoye’s way. Wow, that’s eight options right there. And while each and every one made me stand up and take notice, it was Olagundoye who really stood out. Seriously, if she submits the “Things Just Got Real” episode and voters pay attention and ABC makes a concerted effort, it could work. She’s the one. Congratulations.

As an afterthought: I would be incorrect to imply that Olagundoye was only good in that one episode. She was strong all season.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama


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