Monday, September 2, 2013

AFT Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

This is the eighth category of the 7th Annual AFT Television Awards, my personal choices for the best in television during the 2012-2013 seasons. Finalists and semi-finalists are included to recognize more of the impressive work done on television today. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them.

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Last year’s nominees: Kristen Bell, Anna Chlumsky, Cheryl Hines, Aubrey Plaza, Hannah Simone

Emmy nominees: Mayim Bialik, Julie Bowen, Anna Chlumsky, Jane Krakowski, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, Merritt Wever

Semi-finalists: Zosia Mamet (Girls), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Finalists: Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) came back into focus as she embarked on a quest for maternity, and it was fun to see her come back into her own. Lucy Punch (Ben and Kate) acted like she was on a show wholly about her, and it was always entertaining to see her so self-involved. Anna Chlumsky (Veep) had to deal with personal and professional drama and did so with a winning dose of sarcasm almost equal to that of her boss. Julie Bowen (Modern Family) enjoyed her fair share of enjoyable plotlines this year, always at the ready to play the straight woman and sometimes prepared to wear the other hat as well. Emma Kenney (Shameless) acted like someone ten times her age as her character met even more mature challenges than ever before.

The nominees:

Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes) became a true friend for Beverly but remained just as frenzied and peculiar as always. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) showed an occasional interest and actually managed to accomplish something despite her best efforts to do nothing. Allison Williams (Girls) was a dazzling train wreck, lacking self-awareness and seemingly intent on her own humiliation. Kristen Bell (House of Lies) started off from a poor vantage point, and watching her self-implode was mesmerizing and devastating at the same time.

The winner:

Pamela Adlon (Californication) shone in her series’ sixth year as she found herself the prize in a battle between two ex-husbands, and saw her attempt to reclaim her womanhood hijacked by another person obsessed with her as well.

Next up: Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

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