Thursday, June 22, 2017

Emmy Predictions 2017: Who Will Likely Get Nominated for Lead 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 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

2016 Nominees:
        Ellie Kemper for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
        Julia Louis-Dreyfus for HBO's Veep (WINNER)
        Laurie Metcalf for HBO's Getting On
        Tracee Ellis Ross for ABC's black-ish
        Amy Schumer for Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer
        Lily Tomlin for Netflix's Grace and Frankie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the five time reigning champion in this category. She will continue to get nominated and likely win until either Veep ends or she removes herself from consideration. Neither of which is true this year. So, she's once again leading the pack. Elsewhere, Laurie Metcalf and Amy Schumer are out of the race. So, there are a couple of open spots with a number of different options to replace them. One likely contender is Allison Janney from Mom who has made the move to Lead from Supporting. Tracee Ellis Ross and Ellie Kemper also seem strong to return. I also find myself underestimating Lily Tomlin. Every year I think she'll fall off the list because Grace and Frankie doesn't seem to have much across the board support. But the voters still love her. I don't have her in the Top 6 this year. But I wouldn't be surprised if she returns and someone I wish gets nominated gets snubbed instead.

So now, here's my thoughts on the performers must likely to be nominated for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
  1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus for HBO's Veep
  2. Tracee Ellis Ross for ABC's black-ish
  3. Ellie Kemper for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  4. Allison Janney for CBS' Mom
  5. Issa Rae for HBO's Insecure
  6. Pamela Adlon for FX's Better Things
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  2. Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Amazon's Fleabag
  3. Justina Machado for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  4. Kristen Bell for NBC's The Good Place
  5. Drew Barrymore for Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet
  6. Sharon Horgan for Amazon's Catastrophe
  7. Sarah Jessica Parker for HBO's Divorce
  8. Minnie Driver for ABC's Speechless
  9. Kathryn Hahn for Amazon's I Love Dick
  10. Tracey Ullman for HBO's Tracey Ullman's Show
  11. Lena Dunham for HBO's Girls
  12. Rachel Bloom for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  13. Gina Rodriguez for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  14. Michaela Watkins for Hulu's Casual
  15. Carrie Brownstein for IFC's Portlandia
  16. Tig Notaro for Amazon's One Mississippi
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Anna Faris for CBS' Mom
  2. America Ferrera for NBC's Superstore
  3. Constance Wu for ABC's Fresh Off the Boat
  4. Emmy Rossum for Showtime's Shameless
  5. Aya Cash for FXX's You're the Worst
  6. Sela Ward for Epix's Graves
  7. Catherine O'Hara for Pop's Schitt's Creek
  8. Gillian Jacobs for Netflix's Love
  9. Logan Browning for Netflix's Dear White People
  10. Colleen Ballinger for Netflix's Haters Back Off
  11. Lola Kirke for Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle
  12. Julie Klausner for Hulu's Difficult People
  13. Rachel Blanchard and Priscilla Faia for Audience's You Me Her
  14. Zooey Deschanel for FOX's New Girl
  15. Kaitlin Olson for FOX's The Mick
  16. Alia Shawkat for TBS' Search Party
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Wendi McLendon-Covey for ABC's The Goldbergs
  2. Sutton Foster for TV Land's Younger
  3. Briga Heelan for NBC's Great News
  4. Rashida Jones for TBS' Angie Tribeca
  5. Natalie Zea for TBS' The Detour
  6. Mindy Kaling for Hulu's The Mindy Project
  7. Britt Robertson for Netflix's Girlboss
  8. Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero for Comedy Central's Another Period
  9. Katy Mixon for ABC's American Housewife
  10. Jessica St. Clair for Comedy Central's Review
  11. Janet Varney for IFC's Stan Against Evil

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