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Emmy Breakdown: Supporting Actress in a Comedy

In the weeks leading up to the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards, I'll be looking at the nominees in some major categories and trying to predict who's most likely to win in these Emmy Breakdowns. First up today: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Conchata Ferrell ("Two and a Half Men") — I have to plead the fifth on "Two and a Half Men," a show that's just never appealed to me. Like her co-star Holland Taylor, Ferrell has been nominated twice before for this show but hasn't broken through yet for a win. With such tough competition, I doubt this will be her year, either. Chance of winning: Low.

Jenna Fischer ("The Office") — I'd be surprised if Fischer's subtle, understated performance as Pam is enough to wow voters looking to laugh out loud, but the very fact of her nomination makes me wonder if she's more appreciated among the Emmy crowd than I would have expected. Chance of winning: Moderate.

Four more funny women, so

Elizabeth Perkins ("Weeds") — "Weeds" is a show that does campy right, and Perkins' character, Celia, is maybe the best example of that. She's flat-out wicked, but the way Perkins plays her, you know there's some serious insecurity in there somewhere. Chance of winning: High

Jaime Pressly ("My Name is Earl") — On the plus side, Pressly has been nominated in each of the show's seasons, and though I don't watch the show regularly, I've always gotten a kick out of her when I do tune in; on the minus side, "Earl" doesn't have quite the following of many of the other nominated shows. Chance of winning: Moderate.

Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men") — Again, I plead ignorance on "Two and a Half Men." But for what it's worth, I've found Taylor funny in a lot of her previous work (anybody else remember her as Camilla on "The Naked Truth"? Anybody?). I still think she and co-star Conchata Ferrell will just split that show's vote, though. Chance of winning: Low

Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty") — What I wouldn't give for the amount of sass Williams' Wilhelmina Slater has in her pinkie finger. "Ugly Betty" broke through bigtime with awards for the series and star America Ferrera at the Golden Globe Awards, and I think Williams could make a splash here. Chance of winning: High.

Fischer and Pressly pictures Source
Ferrell and Holland pictures courtesy of CBS
Perkins picture courtesy of Showtime
Williams picture copyright 2007 ABC, Inc.

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Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
Go Elizabeth.
sorano916 sorano916 9 years
Tina Fey is up for "Lead Actress" not "Supporting Actress." :) Also for writing.
madhatter madhatter 9 years
WHERE THE HECK IS TINA FEY FOR "30ROCK"??????? I can't believe Tina Fey is not on this damn list - one of the funniest women in the business right now, not even there. I'm fuming, I tell you - absolutely fuming.
sorano916 sorano916 9 years
Heh... ;) I might be a JAM fan... lol... Here are their submitted episodes, in case, y'all are wondering: Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men ("Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head") Jenna Fischer, The Office ("The Job") Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds ("Pittsburgh") Jaime Pressly, My Name Is Earl ("Jump for Joy") Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men ("The Sea is a Harsh Mistress") Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell") Another thing about the supporting categories for the Emmys is that the voters don't see the entire episode, just the scenes that have that actor/actress it them. So, the more screen time a person has, the better the chances are.
MDF20 MDF20 9 years
I'd like to know who watches 2 & 1/2 Men so I could tell all 7 of them to stop! Vanessa Williams for the win!
smorzalli smorzalli 9 years
tdamji, Elizabeth Perkins has been in lots of stuff- Miracle on 34th Street, Moonlight and Valentino, and my favorite, Big.
laurenhalpert laurenhalpert 9 years
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Jenna Jenna Jenna!!!!!! (I have a shirt that says "Dunder Mifflin Phone Girl" so I'm a bit biased. ;)
bhilb bhilb 9 years
I would love to see Jenna Fischer win, but I have to admit that Jaime Pressley is one of the main reasons that I find Earl to be funny. She is really good and, in my opinion, deserves a win.
Guenivere Guenivere 9 years
Where can you view there submissions??
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i hope Elizabeth Perkin gets it! she's so great on Weeds...and i swear i've seen her in something before, too!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
JENNA or Vanessa should win. I cant choose between both of em
Cherryluv Cherryluv 9 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jenna Fischer and Vanessa Williams!! Both The Office and Ugly Betty are pretty darn good shows!!
Lindsb Lindsb 9 years
:love: Jenna!!! :love: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'm hoping either Vanessa Williams or Jenna Fischer wins. I love both shows!
polly17 polly17 9 years
i hope vanessa williams win this category!! alhtough i wish they nominated becki newton too!!!! heheheeheh
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
you make a good point, sorano — I think it makes a big difference whether people judge on the basis of the submitted episode alone. I do plead ignorance on "Two and a Half Men," but I don't think any of the other four submitted their flat-out funniest episode, which is interesting. I suspect many voters take more into consideration than just the submissions, but I suppose there's no way to know for sure.
Mainly-Obsessed Mainly-Obsessed 9 years
Haha sorano, are you a JAM fan by any chance?
sorano916 sorano916 9 years
Um... did you watch the submissions? Perkins' submission barely had her in it and frankly, she wasn't funny. Williams wasn't too funny either. Pressly's wasn't very good either. It's going to be between Fischer, Ferrell, and Taylor. I'm aiming for Fischer, though.
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