Emmy season is upon us! For the next two weeks, voters will be filling out their nomination ballots before the big announcement on July 16. We have a few selections in mind ourselves. First up: our wish list for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
The two-time nominee ought to make it back in and has a killer episode submission to boot. That is, of course, "Convention," in which Amy finally, completely loses it on Selina and Karen, her new blah yes woman, in a glorious meltdown. Everything from her palpable frustration and bulging crazy eyes is perfection, and it's capped off with Chlumsky's delicious final line reading: "The fact that you are a woman means we will have no more women presidents because we tried one and she f---ing sucked."
Yael Grobglas, Jane the Virgin
It's not hard to hate Petra, especially opposite the affable Gina Rodriguez, but Grobglas makes you think twice. Taking the evil blonde trope and turning it on its head, she infuses the resident villainess with vulnerability and empathy without ever losing sight of her delightful manipulative impulses. Perhaps the biggest scheme Petra has pulled off is constantly surprising us.
Allison Janney, Mom
The defending champ is a lock for a nod and probably the win too. Mom's dark material routinely gives Janney ample opportunity to show off her mega chops, not the least of which includes Bonnie watching Alvin die mid-sex, getting addicted to painkillers and falling off the wagon again - proving that real pain can be painfully funny. If Janney wins, she'll tie Ed Asner, Mary Tyler Moore and Tracey Ullman with seven Emmys.
Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Listen up, fives. A ten is still speaking. Yes, Jacqueline Voorhees is similar to Jenna Maroney, but she is very much her own fascinating character cut from the same entitled cloth, thanks to Krakowski's nuanced work. You can argue it's more difficult to shade similar characters differently than it is to play wholly dissimilar characters. And since Krakowski never won for 30 Rock, a victory here could be for both.
Amy Landecker, Transparent
Judith Light will probably rep all the Transparent actresses here, but Landecker deserves major kudos as well. The Pfeffermans are all selfish in their own ways and it's Landecker who has the formidable task of also being the glue that holds the clan together. Her portrayal of Sarah is excellent, as she transitioned out of a marriage and into a rekindled relationship with Tammy while supporting Maura's actual transition.
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
McKinnon, who was nominated last year, regularly elevates sometimes subpar material, but she confirmed her SNL Hall of Fame status this year with her take on Hillary Clinton. Amy Poehler left big
pantsuits shoes to fill and McKinnon wisely did not try to replicate hers or even imitate HRC. Rather, she commits to a heightened, frenzied version of her that's so good, we're already watering at the mouth thinking about the next 17 months.
Who do you hope is nominated?