Saturday, June 23, 2018

Emmy Predictions 2018 - Who Will Likely Be Nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series?

From June 11 to June 25, 2018, voting is taking place for The 70th 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.

2017 Nominees:
        Becky Ann Baker for HBO's Girls
        Angela Bassett for Netflix's Master of None
        Carrie Fisher for Amazon's Catastrophe
        Melissa McCarthy for NBC's Saturday Night Live (WINNER)
        Wanda Sykes for ABC's Black-ish
        Kristen Wiig for NBC's Saturday Night Live

As I mentioned over in the Guest Comedy Actor race, it seems like there are just some pure locks in this category. Tina Fey has already won twice here for her appearances on Saturday Night Live. In fact, a third win would mean she has won in this category more than any other performer. That could be a story voters get behind. Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish has the edge over Saoirse Ronan in being another performer to host Saturday Night Live to get nominated here. But both remain possibilities. Furthermore, Jane Lynch is a four time Emmy winner and Blythe Danner has already received two nominations in this category for her performance on Will & Grace. As such, they seem very likely to be mentioned here. Of course, that still leaves some slots open as well. They could be filled from a number of performers who have previously gotten nominated - like Wanda Sykes, Maya Rudolph, Lisa Kudrow, Christine Baranski or Laurie Metcalf.

So now, here's my thoughts on the actors most likely to be nominated for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:
  1. Tina Fey for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  2. Jane Lynch for Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  3. Blythe Danner for NBC's Will & Grace
  4. Tiffany Haddish for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  5. Lisa Kudrow for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  6. Wanda Sykes for ABC's Black-ish
And now, for some serious threats that could break into the list:
  1. Christine Baranski, Laurie Metcalf and Kathy Bates for CBS' The Big Bang Theory
  2. Molly Shannon, Jane Lynch and Jennifer Lopez for NBC's Will & Grace
  3. Lauren Graham, Elizabeth Banks and Elizabeth Perkins for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
  4. Maya Rudolph for NBC's The Good Place
  5. Mira Sorvino, Shelley Long and Jane Krakowski for ABC's Modern Family
  6. Saoirse Ronan for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  7. Estelle Parsons and Sarah Chalke for ABC's Roseanne
  8. Kristen Wiig for FOX's The Last Man on Earth
  9. Amy Sedaris, Busy Philipps, Zosia Mamet and Marsai Martin for Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  10. Amanda Peet, Carrie Preston, Becky Ann Baker and Katie Finneran for IFC's Brockmire
  11. Lena Waithe for Netflix's Dear White People
  12. Judy Greer for Netflix's Arrested Development
  13. Rashida Jones, Raven-Symoné, Yara Shahidi, Catherine Reitman and Nicole Sullivan for ABC's Black-ish
  14. Lorraine Toussaint and Swoosie Kurtz for Netflix's Grace and Frankie
  15. Kristen Wiig and Molly Shannon for Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
  16. Elizabeth Perkins for Netflix's GLOW
  17. Tracee Ellis Ross, Aidy Bryant, Rashida Jones, Rachel Bloom and Tessa Thompson for IFC's Portlandia
Some considerable long-shots:
  1. Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Yvette Nicole Brown and Missi Pyle for CBS' Mom
  2. Alexandra Billings for Amazon's Transparent
  3. Sarah Hay for HBO's Room 104
  4. Minnie Driver, Vanessa Bayer, Mary McCormack and Sara Rue for NBC's Will & Grace
  5. Carrie Brownstein and June Diane Raphael for HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm
  6. Alfre Woodard, Catherine O'Hara and Kerri Kenney for Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  7. Tracee Ellis Ross for Freeform's Grown-ish
  8. Brooke Shields for The CW's Jane the Virgin
  9. Susie Essman and Peri Gilpin for Comedy Central's Broad City
  10. Nasim Pedrad and Gina Rodriguez for FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  11. Amy Sedaris for HBO's Divorce
  12. Zosia Mamet for FXX's You're the Worst
  13. Alysia Reiner for FX's Better Things
  14. Chrissy Metz for TBS' The Last O.G.
  15. Mira Sorvino for Netflix's Lady Dynamite
  16. Maribeth Monroe for NBC's The Good Place
And now, just some colorful oddities who still have an outside chance:
  1. Tovah Feldshuh and Amy Hill for The CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  2. Rhea Perlman and Julie Bowen for Hulu's The Mindy Project
  3. Kate McKinnon for Netflix's Friends From College
  4. Danielle Brooks for HBO's High Maintenance
  5. Mackenzie Phillips, Judy Reyes and Sheridan Pierce for Netflix's One Day at a Time
  6. June Squibb for TruTV's I'm Sorry
  7. Lea DeLaria for Showtime's Shameless
  8. Vanessa Bell Calloway for Starz's Survivor's Remorse
  9. Kimberly Hébert Gregory for HBO's Vice Principals
  10. Marlee Matlin for Sundance Now's This Close

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