Can Pamela Adlon (‘Better Things’) rescue ‘boring’ Emmy race with shocking upset?

Are we underestimating Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) at the Emmys? She surprised many when her name was announced as a nominee for Best Comedy Actress for her FX comedy series, which she co-created, wrote, and directed. But maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise given her Emmy track record, and maybe we shouldn’t be surprised if she wins. Could she shake up what one of our forum posters calls a “boring” category? Our readers are discussing this possibility in our forums.

Though she’s not necessarily as much a household name as Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”), who has won five times in a row and is widely expected to win a historic sixth trophy this year, Adlon is popular with the TV academy. She has been nominated six times across writing, producing, and acting categories, and she won once for her voice-acting role in “King of the Hill” (2002). Given her success in multiple fields, she might be a shoo-in if all branches of the TV academy could vote, but members of the actors branch may still be impressed by her wide-ranging achievements. And it doesn’t hurt that her show was co-created and produced by Louis C.K., an Emmy darling with six past victories.

This is the only nomination for “Better Things” — compared to 17 for “Veep,” including Best Comedy Series. Under most circumstances that would be a disadvantage, and perhaps it still is, but in 2016, the first year under a new system that replaced preferential ballots with a plurality vote, we saw a number of actors win on their show’s only nomination. Tatiana Maslany (Best Drama Actress, “Orphan Black”), Louie Anderson (Best Comedy Supporting Actor, “Baskets”), and Peter Scolari (Best Comedy Guest Actor, “Girls”) were the only contenders for their series. It’s possible these actors were able to consolidate their support; fans of those shows had nowhere else to go if they wanted to vote for them. So there may be a silver lining to being a sole nominee — or perhaps a golden lining.

What do you think? Read some of our posters comments below, and join the discussion right now.

Hunter-ish: “I am fairly confident that Adlon will be in 2nd place. She is not a big enough name where she was purely name-checked, she gave a great performance, and she’s widely respected by the industry as a writer, director, producer, and actor. If this was like the Oscars where all branches vote I could see her winning. I do think there’s about a 7% chance she can upset.”

jacob121: “God, this category is boring. I hope it gets a major shakeup next year. Pulling for an Adlon upset.”

jf123: “Selina Meyer is one of my favorite TV characters of all time, but I really hope someone else (Kemper or Adlon preferably) wins this year.”

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