Emmy season is underway! For the next week, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 18. We at TVGuide.com have a few selections in mind ourselves. Next up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for comedy series
Valorie Curry, The Following
It's no coincidence that Emma is the sole member of the serial-killing/shower threesome trio to survive into Season 2. Curry has been a breakout, turning who we thought was an innocent nanny into a bone-chilling, intriguing and unpredictable nutjob. Sorry, Kevin Bacon, but it's Curry who keeps us coming back for more.
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
After receiving her long-awaited first nomination last year, Gunn ought to be a safe bet to make it back for arguably her best (half-)season yet. Skyler's pained desperation to protect her kids and her growing hatred of Walt are Emmy-worthy enough, but the piece de resistance? This immortal exchange: Walt: "What are you waiting for?" Skyler: "For the cancer to come back."
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Hendricks doesn't have a "The Other Woman"-esque episode this season; in fact, she's MIA more often than we'd like. Nevertheless, the magnetic three-time nominee makes maximum impact with her limited screentime, whether it be her night out with her pal or going rogue to retain control of Avon. Plus: She did this.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actor in a comedy series
Monica Potter, Parenthood
A breast cancer arc is classic awards bait, but you still have to pull it off — and that Potter did beautifully. Lending a heartbreaking vulnerability to the role, Potter made us laugh (she gets high!), cry (well, more than usual) and cheer when Kristina spontaneously decided to buzz her hair off. Parenthood's first and only nomination so far — for Jason Ritter in guest actor last year — proves that it is finally on voters' radar.
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
The defending champ, who also won in 2011 in the TV movie/miniseries side, basically has a reserved spot in the lineup until Downton ends or she leaves. That doesn't mean it's undeserving. Smith flawlessly went toe-to-toe trading barbs with new addition Shirley MacLaine last season and, as usual, was the MVP in a stellar cast.
Bellamy Young, Scandal
Mellie could've easily just been a one-note, aggravating obstacle in Olitz's literal love affair, but Young has turned her into the most complex character on the political soap. A ball of contradictions, Mellie is Machiavelli in a Jackie O façade, and it's a true testament to Young's chops that you simultaneously want her to die and feel for her.
Who do you hope is nominated?