Neil Patrick Harris and guest star Britney Spears in How I Met Your Mother by Cliff Lipson/CBS Neil Patrick Harris and guest star Britney Spears in How I Met Your Mother by Cliff Lipson/CBS

Rough year for bad girls trying to do good. Neither Britney nor Mary-Kate Olsen landed on Emmy's list of semifinalists in the guest actress in a comedy category, despite each collecting a sampling of positive notes for their bits on How I Met Your Mother and Weeds, respectively.

Then again, I dare anyone to trump Carrie Fisher in this race.

Here's who is in the running against 2007 winner Elaine Stritch, courtesy of GoldDerby.com.

Guest Actress in a Comedy series
Polly Bergen, Desperate Housewives
Edie Falco, 30 Rock
Vivica A. Fox, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Annie Potts, Ugly Betty
Carrie Fisher, 30 Rock
Shirley Knight, Desperate Housewives
Jane Lynch, Two and a Half Men
Amy Ryan, The Office
Sarah Silverman, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

More Emmys 2008 coverage:
" Semifinalists for Lead Actor/Actress (Drama), Supporting Actor (Comedy)
" Lights Out for Connie Britton in Supporting Actress Race
" Supporting Actor Winner Terry O'Quinn MIA from 2008 Race
" List of Comedy Actress Semifinalists Has Silverman Eyeing Gold
" Comedy and Drama Series Semifinalists Revealed