Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Emmy Predictions: Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. As always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Edie Falco, Lisa Kudrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin

The competition: Look for change in this category, since three of the nominees – Falco, Kudrow, and Poehler – won’t be back since their shows are over. It’s a good bet that the other three will return, and it’s just a question of who will join them. Their shows air on the CW, but I’m going to predict that both Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) will show up despite historical snubs for the network. She was shut out last year while every other aspect of her show got recognized, and so it’s a good bet that Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) will get nominated this year. Other possibilities include past nominees Lena Dunham (Girls) and Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), as well as potential first-timers like Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), and three contenders I’d be thrilled to see, Michaela Watkins (Casual) and Aya Cash (You’re the Worst).

The predicted nominees: Rachel Bloom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ellie Kemper, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin

The predicted winner: Louis-Dreyfus

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