Emmy season is underway! For the next two weeks, 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 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.Christina Applegate, Up All Night Maya Rudolph gets all the loud and outrageous story lines on the underrated NBC comedy, but it's Applegate who anchors the show with a sassy, heartwarming and carefree ease that makes us wish we had a mom like her. Applegate has also become an Emmy favorite in recent years, scoring two nominations and one win for guest-starring on Friends and two nods for Samantha Who? — the last of which came after ABC canceled the comedy.Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
We won't use that word to describe Deschanel's performance, but we will say that it would've been easy to coast on that hook. Deschanel, though, has infused Jess with such depth and so many loveable foibles that only add to her quirky allure. Plus, could you picture anyone else playing her?Lena Dunham, GirlsFunny, smart and endlessly self-deprecating, Dunham has mastered the art of uncomfortable — but very real — humor. Besides being the star, she's also the show's creator, writer, director and producer. Wearing multiple hats has helped Tina Fey, Larry David and Louis C.K. nab nods, so why not Dunham?
Emmys: TVGuide.com's picks for supporting actress in a comedy seriesTina Fey, 30 RockAfter years of the same wacky love exploits with the same dead-end results, Liz Lemon finally found a steady but still-wacky relationship with beau Criss this year, allowing Fey to play our favorite sketch comedy writer with an emotional maturity we hadn't yet seen. Yeah, Fey — a five-time nominee and one-time winner — is an oldie, but she's still undeniably a very good goodie.Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepFew things are more certain at the Emmys than a nomination for Louis-Dreyfus. A 12-time nominee and two-time winner (for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine), JLD will be a deserved shoo-in here for her biting, buffoonish, foul-mouthed powerful yet powerless VPOTUS. Amy Poehler, Parks and RecreationIt's easy to derive comedy from snark and bitchiness, but from friendliness? Every single week? Only Poehler can do that, melding heart, hilarity and goofy so well. Poehler, whose amusing faux beauty pageant stunt last year ought to score her some major points with voters, also has a killer episode submission in "The Debate," which she wrote and directed. Who would you like to see nominated?