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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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