Emmy season is here! For the next two weeks, voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 10. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actor in a comedy series
Ilana Glazer, Broad City
We love Abbi and Ilana equally, but Glazer was the undisputed MVP of the Comedy Central series' first season. The fictional Ilana's apathy and total disregard to everyone around her could've rendered her completely unlikable, but Glazer plays it with such fearless abandon that's contagious, refreshing and somehow endearing. The UCB alum already has a Critics' Choice nod under her belt.
Mindy Kaling, The Mindy Project
To simply call Mindy Lahiri a hot mess would be an insult to everything Kaling does with the character. Kaling, who's been nominated as a producer and writer for The Office, has found the perfect alchemy of swagger, chaos and hopeless romantic to create a wholly genuine and relatable modern rom-com heroine. And anyone who has a wine bra gets our vote.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Saying JLD deserves an Emmy for Veep is like pointing out that water is wet. The two-time defending champ is always excellent, but she brought her A++ game in Season 3 as everyone's favorite narcissistic veep cursed her way to the White House (with a little help from POTUS and FLOTUS). Plus: That hilarious bathroom scene with Tony Hale in "Crate" all but cements the deal.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a comedy series
Wendi McLendon-Covey, The Goldbergs
Is it weird to say that the Reno 911! and Bridesmaids star was born to play a real person? Sweetly crazy (and vice versa), McLendon-Covey is deliriously good as Beverly, who's based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's mother, never overplaying her overbearing antics to the point where you forget that it all comes from a place of love. If she can't get an Emmy, she needs a Smother of the Year award.
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Poehler finally won her first major award for Parks and Rec at the Golden Globes, and we can only hope that a long overdue Emmy is next. It's easy to play snarky, bitchy and jaded, but it's much harder to do what Poehler has done for nearly seven years: make a tirelessly chipper person never feel tired.
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
No one would blame Schilling if she had gotten lost among Orange's colorful and far showier array of Litchfield inmates in the seemingly thankless, on paper at least, role of Piper. But the Golden Globe nominee (in the drama category) has deftly navigated the waters, toeing the sympathy line for a woman stripped of privilege like a seasoned pro. The good news for Schilling? Voting commenced hot on the heels ofOrange's red-hot Season 2 release.
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