Thursday, June 30, 2011

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Toni Collette, Edie Falco, Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lea Michele, Amy Poehler

The competition: The only nominee who won’t be back for sure is Louis-Dreyfus, whose show was cancelled last year. There’s no doubt that Tina Fey (30 Rock) will be back, and it’s highly probable that Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) will be as well. Golden Globe winner Laura Linney (The Big C) is sure to join the pack, following in the footsteps of Showtime series stars Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) and Toni Collette (The United States of Tara), both of whom won the Emmy for the first seasons of their shows. Lea Michele (Glee) will probably be back despite a reduced role, since none of her challengers are too strong. Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) failed to make the cut last year, so it’s not too likely she’ll be back, and Courteney Cox (Cougar Town) also has a shot but didn’t make the list last year. Two new contenders, Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), could garner some votes, as could two veterans, Patricia Heaton (The Middle) and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives).

The predicted nominees: Collette, Falco, Fey, Linney, Michele, Poehler

The predicted winner: Linney

Next up: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

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