Saturday, June 24, 2017

Emmy Predictions 2017: Who Will Likely Get Nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series?

From June 12 to June 26, voting is taking place for The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. To add to the excitement of the past year in television, I'm providing analysis on which shows and performers are likely to get nominated this year. Next up is Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

2016 Nominees:
        Christine Baranski for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
        Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for NBC's Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
        Melora Hardin for Amazon's Transparent
        Melissa McCarthy for NBC's Saturday Night Live
        Laurie Metcalf for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
        Amy Schumer for NBC's Saturday Night Live

From the moment Melissa McCarthy first showed up on Saturday Night Live as Sean Spicer, she seemed destined to win an Emmy. That first sketch especially was one of the best things the show has done in awhile. Plus, she's been nominated in this category for her previous four times hosting. She's a lock and basically the winner. The rest of the category could be in flux though. There are a number of additional SNL hosts who could get nominated. Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf could continue getting nominated for The Big Bang Theory despite the comedy starting to show its age this year. The late Carrie Fisher could get a posthumously nomination. Or the voters could go for actors without strong Emmy track records but who delivered strong performances this year - like Trace Lysette (for Transparent) or Becky Ann Baker (for Girls).

So now, here's my thoughts on the performers must likely to be nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
  1. Melissa McCarthy for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Angela Bassett for Netflix's Master of None
  3. Christine Baranski for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  4. Laurie Metcalf for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  5. Kristen Wiig for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  6. Carrie Fisher for Amazon's Catastrophe
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Trace Lysette for Amazon's Transparent
  2. Becky Ann Baker for HBO's Girls
  3. Laura Dern, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Amy Sedaris and Anna Camp for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  4. Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart and Octavia Spencer for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  5. Kristen Wiig and Laura Dern for FOX's The Last Man on Earth
  6. Elizabeth Banks, Jane Krakowski and Dot-Marie Jones for ABC's Modern Family
  7. Joan Cusack, Alfre Woodard and Catherine O'Hara for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  8. Rashida Jones, Wanda Sykes, Lorraine Toussaint and Regina Hall for ABC's black-ish
  9. Claire Danes, Laurie Metcalf, Natasha Lyonne and Abbi Jacobson for IFC's Portlandia
  10. Sally Phillips for HBO's Veep
  11. Danielle Brooks, Fatima Ansari and Lakshmi Sundaram for Netflix's Master of None
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Jane Adams for FX's Atlanta
  2. Patti LuPone and Tovah Feldshuh for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  3. Sarah Baker for FX's Better Things
  4. Julianne Moore, Tina Fey and Gabourey Sidibe for Hulu's Difficult People
  5. Samira Wiley for FXX's You're the Worst
  6. Faye Dunaway, Mia Farrow and Maya Rudolph for IFC's Documentary Now!
  7. Sharon Lawrence and Chloe Webb for Showtime's Shameless
  8. Debra Monk for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle
  9. Kathy Baker for Netflix's The Ranch
  10. Maya Rudolph for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Natalie Portman for TBS' Angie Tribeca
  2. Rosie O'Donnell for CBS' Mom
  3. Melanie Lynskey for Netflix's Girlboss
  4. Leah Remini for CBS' Kevin Can Wait
  5. Sarah Silverman for HBO's Crashing
  6. Lois Smith for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  7. Jane Seymour for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  8. Ariela Barer for Netflix's One Day at a Time

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments below!