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Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

14 Sep

Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s less than a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category. Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….


Dream Ballot

Tina-Fey-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  TINA FEY, “30 Rock”

Tina Fey’s always been one of the funniest people on television, and the final year of 30 Rock really put a bow on her wonderful run as Liz Lemon. She did especially amazing work in the two part finale, conveying both sadness and and delight as she closed out her relationships with Jack, Tracy, and Jenna.

Zooey-Deschanel-of-New-Girl_gallery_primary  ZOOEY DESCHANEL, “New Girl”

After an average first season, New Girl blew me away this year. Jake Johnson had the breakout performance, but Deschanel was consistently great as the awkward, endearing Jess Day. Her relationship with Nick was one the best handled, and funniest, relationships I’ve ever seen on television.

enlightened21f-1-web  LAURA DERN, “Enlightened”

Amy Jellicoe was a flawed, narcissistic character that just wanted to improve the world. Dern was amazing at her portrayal of Jellicoe, transforming her character into an unlikeable, yet relatable person that you could sympathize with. Her character was so real, and so unique, and was one of the best on TV.

Julia-Louis-Dreyfus-of-Veep_gallery_primary  JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS, “Veep”

Her performance as the sarcastic, bumbling Vice President was top notch this year. The profanity-filled, glass door-breaking shenanigans were absolutely hilarious, and her relationships with her ex-husband and her daughter Catherine had very few dull moments.

11GIRLS-articleLarge  LENA DUNHAM, “Girls”

This performance, as well as the show in general, is extremely polarizing. However, in the second season of the show, Dunham brilliantly portrayed a woman spiraling downward due to her OCD and relationship troubles. There will always be detractors, but that shouldn’t stop her from getting a nomination.

1818369  AMY POEHLER, “Parks and Recreation”

Poehler is TV’s second-funniest lady, right behind Tina Fey. Leslie Knope is such a lovable, heart-warming character that we love to see every week. Her wedding with Ben was one of the most beautiful things on TV this year, and she even got to meet Joe Biden!

Who should win?

I’d love to see Dern win, as it’s her last year of eligibility, but I’d be just as happy with Poehler or Fey. Poehler has to win sometime, though. We don’t want to see another Steve Carell situation.

Others considered: Sutton Foster, Edie Falco, Martha Plimpton, Dakota Johnson, Krysten Ritter, Courteney Cox, Portia de Rossi

On to the real nominations…

Laura Dern-Enlightened

Lena Dunham-Girls

Edie Falco-Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey-30 Rock

Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Veep

Amy Poehler-Parks and Recreation

Who should win?

See above.

Who will win?


Analysis: I believe Fey can pull it off one last time. It’s between her and Louis-Dreyfus for the win, but I think we’re going to see some final season nostalgia culminating in Fey’s win. It’d be well-deserved, though.

Credit to HBO, NBC, FOX, Veep, Girls, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, New Girl, and Enlightened for all pictures. I own nothing.

Emmys Dream Ballot+Predictions-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

28 Aug

It’s Emmy season again! Welcome to my coverage of the 2013 Primetime Emmys. As it’s only a month away, I’ve decided to start a series in which I offer up my dream ballot for each major category (I’m only focusing on certain nomination fields, but I might lump some of the technical and writing/directing categories into one big post later on). Then, I’ll look at the actual Emmy ballot and offer a “Who should win?” and a “Who Will Win?” for each. I hope you enjoy! Today, we’ll be looking at….


Dream Ballot

Jenna-Fischer-of-The-Office_gallery_primaryJENNA FISCHER, “The Office”

This was not Jenna Fischer’s best year on The Office, but it was a fantastic year. I’ll let that sink in for a bit. She’s been consistently wonderful, but astonishingly, she’s only been nominated once. In an up and down final season, she anchored a dramatic storyline that could make you roll your eyes in annoyance or burst into tears. No matter which it was, she was the glue holding the show together all the way to the end.

Jane-Krakowski-of-30-Rock_gallery_primary  JANE KRAKOWSKI, “30 Rock”

Although she wasn’t nominated last year, the swan song of 30 Rock was enough to bring her back into the fold. She did some fantastic work in the final few episodes of the series; constantly hilarious, constantly surprising, and constantly Jenna Maroney. I will always miss you, Rural Juror.

happy-endings-20120403040230005  ELISHA CUTHBERT, “Happy Endings”

Oh, Happy Endings. I miss you so much. I really hate that this was neither renewed nor picked up for a fourth season, but I’m thankful that the series was able to highlight Cuthbert’s comedic range. Alex grew into one of my favorite television characters, and she portrayed the awkwardness of her character in an excellent way.

anna-chlumsky-veep-emmys  ANNA CHLUMSKY, “Veep”

Amy is a sarcastic, hilarious character that I can never get enough of. Veep is the funniest show on TV when it comes to reaction shots, and Chlumsky is the queen of reaction shots. Every word that comes out of her mouth and every facial expression she makes is top notch comedy.

Aubrey-Plaza-of-Parks-and-Recreation_gallery_primary  AUBREY PLAZA, “Parks and Recreation”

Plaza has done some fantastic work with April, even while Amy Poehler gets all the recognition (don’t get me wrong, she deserves it all). Her twisted mind leads to hilarious lines, and the season really showcased all aspects of her character.


I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of the show. However, I’ve watched enough episodes to know that Eden Sher is fantastic. She’s over the top, but doesn’t exude a sense of buffoonery at all. Her work is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, and lovable, and she has an easy spot in the nominations.




WHO SHOULD WIN? Honestly, I don’t know. This is one of those categories where I’d be fine with any of them winning.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Mayim Bialik, Judy Greer, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Julie Bowen, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams, Eliza Coupe, Ellie Kemper, Cheryl Hines, Jessica Walter (Archer and Arrested Development), Kate McKinnon, Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hanigan, Hannah Simone, Merritt Wever

On to the real nominations…

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”

Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”

Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”

Jane Lynch, “Glee”

Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”

Who Should Win?


Who Will Win?


Analysis: Krakowski deserves it for the excellent work in the later parts of the final season, hilarious throughout and heartbreaking near the end. I don’t think the Emmy voters will break the Julie Bowen monopoly and honor Krakowski one final time, although I wouldn’t be surprised if they did so. Right behind her is Bialik.

Credit to NBC, ABC, HBO, Veep, The Middle, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and Happy Endings for all pictures. I own nothing.

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