The Primetime Emmy voters have actually already had their say. Ballots were due last Friday, and the nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 10th. In the meantime, though, we at The Wire feel it's only fair that we should have our say. Hindsight is not only 20/20, it's also fun, and if on Thursday July 10th we can't point at the Emmy voters' choices and say WRONG!, why are we even in this business? So these are the picks that Emmy voters should make. In the interests of a level playing field, we're limiting ourselves to the official Emmy ballot, though we've made sure to do our fair share of complaining about who was left off of that.
What follows is our first installment, focusing on the supporting categories on the comedy side.
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Honorable Mentions: This category is positively stacked this year. Even if the Emmy voters follow our recommendations exactly (a longshot hope at best), there will still be upwards of a dozen worthy actresses left off the list. That includes likely nominees like Anna Chlumsky (Veep), slightly less likely nominees like Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie) and Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), or very unlikely nominees like Niecy Nash and Alex Borstein (Getting On). Laura Prepon or Danielle Brooks would be worthy representatives for Orange Is the New Black; and Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero would rep Brooklyn Nine-Nine quite nicely. This’ll be the last chance for Emmy voters to show love to Rashida Jones on Parks & Recreation or Michaela Watkins on Trophy Wife. And even if we don’t agree with their categorization in Supporting Actress, Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) would be groundbreaking choices.
Marcia Gay Harden, Trophy Wife