Emmys fun facts and trivia: Comedy Supporting Actress

Julie Bowen (“Modern Family“) is the two-time defending Best Comedy Supporting Actress champ. If she wins a third consecutive time, she would join the following four ladies: Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” 1971-73), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers,” 1984-86), Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” 1992-94), and Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2001-2003).

Bowen and Jane Lynch (“Glee”) are the only past Emmy winners competing in this category in 2013.

Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”) is the only first-time Emmy nominee in this category.

Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory“), Chlumsky, Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock“), and Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie“) all started their careers as child/teen actresses.

If she wins, Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) would be the first woman to claim this category who was born outside the United States.

An actress from a broadcast network show has won this category every year except one: Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City,” 2004). Five of the seven nominees this year are from broadcast shows.

Two actresses to be nominated in this category, then be snubbed, then come back to win later were Sally Struthers (“All in the Family,” 1979) and Lisa Kudrow (“Friends,” 1998). That would apply to both Krakowski and Lynch this year if either wins.

If Krakowski wins for the final season of her show, she would join the following ladies who did the same: Struthers (1979), Nixon (2004), Roberts (2005), Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”), and Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”).

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Most wins in this category (4): Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Doris Roberts (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).

Most nominations in this category (10): Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Loretta Swit (“M*A*S*H”).

Most nominations in this category with no wins (7): Julia Duffy (“Newhart”).

Program with most nominations in this category (13): “Cheers” (Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, Frances Sternhagen).

Nomination totals as Best Comedy Supporting Actress: Julie Bowen (4), Jane Krakowski (4), Sofia Vergara (4), Jane Lynch (3), Mayim Bialik (2), Merritt Wever (2), Anna Chlumsky (1).

Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Julie Bowen (2 wins; 4 noms), Jane Lynch (1 win; 4 noms), Jane Krakowski (0 wins; 4 noms), Sofia Vergara (0 wins; 4 noms), Mayim Bialik (0 wins, 2 noms), Merritt Wever (0 wins, 2 noms), Anna Chlumsky (0 wins, 1 nom).

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3 thoughts on “Emmys fun facts and trivia: Comedy Supporting Actress

  1. Jane Lynch only has three total nominations as comedy supporting actress, but four career nominations (with one as comedy guest actress for two and a half men).

  2. “The last actress to be nominated in this category, then be snubbed, then come back to win later was Sally Struthers (“All in the Family,” 1979). That would apply to both Krakowski and Lynch this year if either wins.”

    What about Lisa Kudrow? She was nominated for the first season of Friends, then was snubbed for the second, then came back for the third and won for the fourth (1998).

  3. Jane Krakowski for the win! Seriously, she was always good on 30 Rock, but she knocked it out of the park in the final season!

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