×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Emmy Comedy Supporting Actress: What Will Happen?

Cuoco, Walter, Williams among top contenders

And here it is, our final category spotlight before Thursday’s Emmy nominations. Here’s how the field shapes up for supporting actress in a comedy.

Open doors: Two of last year’s six nominee slots have opened, one because of the passing of Kathryn Joosten, the other from Kristen Wiig’s departure from “Saturday Night Live.”

The ‘Family’ way: In theory, “Modern Family” could step into that void. In addition to two-time defending champ Julie Bowen and three-time nominee Sofia Vergara, younger thesps Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter have had enough shining moments to validate their nomination platforms. (Speaking of ABC’s Wednesday family daughters, so has Eden Sher of “The Middle.”)

‘Bang’ ‘Bang’ ‘Bang’: More likely to take advantage of the vacancies is the cast of “The Big Bang Theory.” Mayim Bialik was already nominated in 2012 and only had more juicy moments this past season in her pursuit of Sheldon. But it’s past the point of logic that Kaley Cuoco hasn’t been recognized for her work on the show, and Melissa Rauch has thrived as well.

Odd years in: Three nominees from 2011 dropped out of the race in 2012: Jane Krakowski of “30 Rock,” Jane Lynch (the 2010 winner) of “Glee” and Betty White of “Hot in Cleveland.” All are candidates to reascend, as is Jenna Fischer of “The Office,” nominated previously way back in 2007 but a revival candidate thanks to her marital anguish on the show’s farewell season. Last nominated in 2005, Jessica Walter (“Arrested Development”) could also make it back, thanks to the Netflix revival that also offers Alia Shawkat as a cool possibility.

Showtime for Showtime: Merrit Wever of “Nurse Jackie”  was 2012’s only cable nominee in the category and had a nice arc on “New Girl” (as onscreen competition with Hannah Simone) to extend her familiarity with the voting body.

As the “Girls” turn: There’s room for at least one of Lena Dunham’s posse to earn a supporting comedy actress nod. Based on prominence in 2012-13, the best bet is Allison Williams, ahead of Zosia Mamet and Jemima Kirke.

Trio of trios: Overlooked in the past, each member of the threesomes of Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Rashida Jones, Aubrey Plaza and Retta (“Parks and Recreation”) and Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert and Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”) is deserving, though the Academy hasn’t seen fit to agree so far.

Not leading the way: Two names you might have expected to see in the lead category that entered the supporting race are Georgia King of “The New Normal” and Amy Schumer of “Inside Amy Schumer.”

Don’t forget: The depth in the supporting comedy actress race is underscored by the presence of such series vets as Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia”), Ana Gasteyer and Cheryl Hines (“Suburgatory”) and Diane Ladd (“Enlightened”).

One man’s wish list: Bialik, Cuoco, Fischer, Plaza, Shawkat, Walter.

One man’s best guesses: Bialik, Bowen, Cuoco, Vergara, Walter, Williams.

Previously:
Emmy Drama: What Will Happen?
Emmy Comedy: What Will Happen?
Emmy Drama Lead Actor: What Will Happen?
Emmy Drama Lead Actress: What Will Happen?
Emmy Comedy Lead Actor: What Will Happen?
Emmy Comedy Lead Actress: What Will Happen?
Emmy Drama Supporting Actor: What Will Happen?
Emmy Drama Supporting Actress: What Will Happen?
Emmy Comedy Supporting Actor: What Will Happen?

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • 'No Good Nick' Canceled After One

    'No Good Nick' Canceled After One Season at Netflix

    “No Good Nick” has been canceled at Netflix after only a single season, which was split into two parts, Variety has confirmed. Created and executive produced by David H. Steinberg and Keetgi Kogan, the multi-camera comedy starred Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin as Liz and Ed, a hyper-competitive career mom and lovable but dorky “fun dad,” [...]

  • Hailee SteinfeldTribeca TV Festival 2019 Presents

    Hailee Steinfeld Announces New Single Tied to Apple TV Plus' 'Dickinson'

    Actress, singer and producer Hailee Steinfeld is set to release a new single entitled “Afterlife” on Sept. 19, a track she created for her upcoming Apple TV Plus series,”Dickinson.” “This is a song I’m incredibly proud of, and I feel like after embodying this character, I have a more fearless approach to my writing,” Steinfeld [...]

  • Rachel Bloom

    Rachel Bloom Announces Pregnancy After Emmy Win

    “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom made a special announcement after winning her Emmy for best original music and lyrics — she is pregnant. Bloom announced the news backstage on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She joked she had planned to reveal the news on Instagram but that doing it at the Emmys was even [...]

  • EVIL is a psychological mystery that

    TV Review: 'Evil'

    In its pilot installment, CBS’s new drama “Evil” delves into that which may lie beyond the rationally explicable. And the show itself represents something almost supernatural by 2019 standards, too: A well-made hour fueled by chemistry between its leads and a strong idea of itself. On the basis of its debut outing, which screened at [...]

  • Emmy Awards Placeholder

    Creative Arts Emmys: 'Free Solo,' 'Queer Eye' Among Big Winners on Night 1 (Full List)

    “Free Solo,” “Queer Eye,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Saturday Night Live” were among the big winners Saturday after the first night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. “Free Solo,” the National Geographic feature documentary that already claimed the Oscar earlier this year, lead the field on the [...]

  • Gary Cole, Christina Anthony, Tika Sumpter,

    'Mixed-ish' Team on Why 'All Stories About "Others" Are Necessary'

    The producers and cast of “Mixed-ish” are not out to tell a singular black and white story — but one that showcases and celebrates all shades in between. “It’s important for me across the board in all of my work to talk about ‘otherness’ and identity and real, grounded characters,” showrunner Karin Gist told Variety [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content