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 19. 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
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Mad Men has never won an acting Emmy (0-19). Crazy, right? Hendricks is most well-positioned to end that dubious streak this year. It'd be easy to purely make Joan the office sexpot, but Hendricks has layered the redhead single mom with poise and confidence, and she was at the center of one of the most polarizing twists this season: Joan prostituting herself to secure the Jaguar account and a partnership stake. Regardless of your feelings about that development, we can all agree that Hendricks acted the hell out of that story line.
Regina King, Southland
King showed a new side to Lydia with her unplanned pregnancy. As Lydia wrestled with not only keeping it a secret from her bosses, but what kind of work she should do during her pregnancy, King beautifully conveyed her anxieties and maternal instincts. No scene was more moving than when Lydia ran to the hospital rooftop to catch her breath after interviewing a child burn victim.
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Kalinda spent most of the season in the background, but things heated up in the back half when she became the target of an FBI investigation and a drug kingpin. We've seen Kalinda vulnerable before, but never laced with fear so carefully restrained by Panjabi.
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for lead actor in a comedy series
Monica Potter, Parenthood
In a year that saw Kristina give birth, cope with postpartum depression, struggle with her self-image and self-worth, and deal with Adam kissing his hot young assistant, Potter nailed it all with understated pain and heartache that put scenery-chewers to shame. Besides, is there a better crier on TV than her?
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy
To say Tara had a difficult season would be an understatement. She had a hit out on her, suffered a career-threatening injury to her hand and was put under psychiatric evaluation, just to name a few. But as things got worse, Siff only got better, gamely tackling each dark twist Kurt Sutter threw at her.
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
This is a lock. Smith triumphed last year when Downton Abbey competed as a miniseries and ought to secure a spot in the more competitive series category, if only for having perfected the art of hissing one-liners with just enough bite and derision.
Who do you hope is nominated?