If history is any indication of the potential winners in this year’s upcoming Golden Globes, we already have an idea of the kind of actress who should win Best Comedy Actress Series on January 8 — a first-time nominee from a freshman comedy series. It’s happened at the Globes in four of the last five years — Laura Dern (“Enlightened”) in 2011, Lena Dunham (“Girls”) in 2012, Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”) in 2014, and Rachel Bloom just last year for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (the streak was broken only by that pesky Amy Poehler for “Parks and Recreation” for 2013).
This historical trend might be perfect timing for Pamela Adlon, co-creator and star of FX’s new comedy “Better Things.” Already one of the most acclaimed comedies of the year according to Metacritic, the show marks Adlon’s return to television after being Emmy-nominated for producing, writing and guest starring in FX’s award-winning comedy “Louie” with Louis C.K. Adlon, already an Emmy winner for voicing Fox’s “King of the Hill” in 2002, may finally garner some extra attention from Globe voters given her show’s acclaim and her awards history.
However, on the negative side for Adlon is that 2016 offered so many first-time comedic actresses as contenders. This year we have no shortage of actresses on acclaimed new programs from which to choose — seven-time Globe winner Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), Maria Bamford in “Lady Dynamite” (Netflix), Issa Rae for HBO’s “Insecure,” Oscar nominee Minnie Driver in “Speechless” (ABC), Rashida Jones in TBS’ “Angie Tribeca,” Kristen Bell in “The Good Place” (NBC), and Tig Notaro in Amazon’s “One Mississippi.”
On the surface, “Better Things” appears to resemble “Louie” — a single parent trying to juggle raising a family with the demands of a show business career — but “Better Things” has a brighter tone than the sometimes-dark “Louie.” The world of women in which Adlon’s character Sam finds herself — her loving but frustrating daughters, her social whirl of female friends, and even her actress rivals — offers a take on life that is very much the show’s own.
In the Golden Globes expert predictions Adlon currently has 16/1 odds and trails behind several of the ladies mentioned above. That list also includes Emmy champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus from “Veep” and Ellie Kemper from “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
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