One of the nice surprises of the “30 Rock” series finale was the knockout performance of Jane Krakowski. Shockingly, she has never won an Emmy. Can she get a farewell trophy for one of the TV academy’s most beloved shows?
History is definitely on her side.
Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”), Tony Shaloub (“Monk”), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”) and two “Will & Grace” stars (Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally), won Emmys for hour-long episodes.
And it only helps that Krakowski’s performance contains big laughs, tears, a meltdown and singing –which is something that helped Mullally win her second Emmy.
That Krakowski could win for a series finale is an added bonus; Mullally and Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”), won for their shows’ final, hour-long episodes. Cynthia Nixon also won for “Sex and the City’s” last season. And Nixon, much like Krakowski, didn’t earn her first Emmy nomination until after her show’s fourth season.
Krakowski has had a spotty history with Emmy voters. “30 Rock” debuted in 2006 and, despite high praise and numerous accolades for the show, she didn’t earn her first Emmy nomination until 2009. She also contended for Supporting Comedy Actress in 2010 and 2011 but was dropped from the lineup last year.
However, the luminous Krakowski is likely to return to contend one last time since two of last year’s nominees in the category — the late Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives”) and Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”) — will not.
Since 2007, “30 Rock” has amassed 57 Emmy nominations and won 14, including three for Best Comedy Series (2007, 2008, and 2009). Now that “30 Rock” has ended its run, the show is a sure bet to earn several Emmy nominations for its last hurrah. Let’s hope that Krakowski is among those recognized.