Emmy Showdown: Jane Lynch vs. Betty White for Comedy Supporting Actress [Video]

If Jane Lynch (“Glee”) repeats as Best Comedy Supporting Actress at this year’s Emmys, she should thank rival nominee Kristen Wiig (“SNL”) in her acceptance speech. Wiig’s submission was the “SNL” episode hosted by Lynch, giving her a double dose of screentime and lots more comedy. Because of this double play, our Emmy experts are predicting Lynch to prevail again.

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Lynch’s submission for “Glee” is the episode “Funeral,” which packs a wallop in terms of drama with the death of her character Sue Sylvester’s sister, who had Down’s Syndrome. While that might not normally play so well to voters looking for comedy, her “SNL” stint saw her sing and dance in the opening monologue followed by several comedy sketches showcasing her range. Wiig, who earned her third Emmy nod, is good in the episode but can’t compete with the combo pack of Lynch.

“Modern Family” co-stars Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara are contending for the second year in a row and each appears on the other’s episode. Bowen submitted “Strangers on a Treadmill,” which has her character Claire and her brother Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) agreeing to do unwanted tasks for each other. Bowen is very funny in her interaction with Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) when telling him he should never wear bicycle shorts again. Vergara chose the episode “Slow Down Your Neighbors,” which provides some great physical humor as she learns to ride a bike. While Vergara doesn’t have much to do on Bowen’s reel, Bowen does benefit from the Vergara choice with her big storyline involving her attempts to stop a high-speeding car through the neighborhood.

Jane Krakowski received her third consecutive Emmy nod for playing egotistical actress Jenna Maroney on “30 Rock.” In her episode “Queen of Jordan,” a fictional reality show captures Jenna showcasing her “throwing wine” skills and a fake intervention. The biggest drawbacks could be the lack of screentime and the focus on guest star Sherri Shepherd throughout the show.

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Five-time primetime Emmy winner Betty White (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” 1975, 1976; “The Golden Girls,” 1986; “The John Larroquette Show,” 1996; “SNL,” 2010) won the combined lead/supporting comedy actress prize at this year’s SAG Awards. The opening scene of her “Hot in Cleveland” submitted episode “Free Elka,” sees her sharing a jail cell with Mary Tyler Moore. The remainder of this half hour, however, doesn’t give her character of Elka Ostrosky much to do other spout than one-liners. Sentimental voters might decide to reward her.

Of our 11 editors, five give Lynch the win, followed by four for White, and two for Vergara. However, among our users, White has a nine-point lead on Lynch.

Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil dishes this competitive race with senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria below.

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