October 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm #304167
I am putting together an article or photo gallery on actors that switched back and forth between lead and supporting. Does anyone have a list, or some good examples where actors (from Friends, Mad Men, Lost and any others) who switched from lead to supporting and back to lead (or vice versa) depending on the seasonâ€™s storyline?
Off the top of my head, I can think of Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and possibly Alison Janney (The West Wing).
Thanks trusty and intrepid forum geniuses!October 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm #304169
Are you counting people who were not nominated like Anna Gunn and Kaley Cuoco?October 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #304170
Maybe. That could include Jessica Pare, perhaps. Anna Gunn successfully switched. Alan Cumming went from Guest to Supporting.
There’s gotta be more examples like Moss though.October 10, 2013 at 2:04 pm #304171
Not great examples because thru weren’t totally successful, but there’s Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).
Jessica Lange won in Supporting then was nominated in Lead for American Horror Story.
Julianna Margulies won in Supporting for ER and then went lead after that.
Jon Cryer won in both categories too.
But finding a “serial switcher” like Elisabeth Moss is not easy!October 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm #304172
Lorraine Bracco in the Sopranos. I think she was nominated in Lead in 2003 and Supporting in 2007.October 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm #304173
I don’t think Moss is a serial switcher. She went lead all but one year, when she got basically nothing to do all season.October 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm #304174
Allison Janey went Supporting the first two years of The West Wing then LeadOctober 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm #304175
wouldn’t January Jones (Mad Men), Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) count too? They weren’t that succesful in all of their changes, but they didOctober 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm #304176
“Serial” seems a bit much for Moss, since she has only been nominated once in supporting and four times in lead, but she did submit as supporting for that first season when she was not nominated.
EDIT: My mistake. In that case, she has only gone supporting once in six seasons.October 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm #304177
Moss submitted in Lead that year and made the top 10.October 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm #304178
I still don’t know how Adam Scott submits in lead for Parks & Rec… Seems like everyone on that show except Amy is a supporting character. Exactly like Veep. And I would say only for Alec Baldwin’s status, Jack D’s character on 30 Rock was arguably a supporting role at times too.
While we’re on the subject, I wonder why all of the Big Bang Theory actors didn’t submit in supporting or altogether in lead from the start? It seems like a very ensemble-y show like MF or Friends.October 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm #304179
Agnes Moorehead, “Bewitched”: nominated in supporting, then lead, then back in supporting. So it’s Elisabeth Moss in reverse.
Michael J. Fox, “Family Ties”: nominated in supporting and then won 3 Emmys in lead.
Patricia Wettig, “thirtysomething”: won once in supporting and twice in lead.
Rachel Griffiths, “Six Feet Under”: nominated in lead and supporting.
Piper Laurie, “Twin Peaks”: nominated in lead and supporting.
Jill Eikenberry, “L.A. Law”: nominated in lead and supporting.
Michael Tucker, “L.A. Law”: nominated in supporting and lead.
Kristy McNichol, “Family”: won in supporting, nominated in lead.
Christian Clemenson, “Boston Legal”: won in guest, nominated in supporting.
Mandy Patinkin, “Chicago Hope”: won in lead, nominated in guest.
Amy Brenneman, “NYPD Blue”: nominated in supporting and guest.October 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm #304180
Both Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry from “L.A. Law” were nominated in both lead and supporting categories during that show’s run.
Julianna Margulies was upped from supporting to lead during the run of “ER”.
Rachel Griffiths earned both lead and supporting nominations for “Six Feet Under”.
Kristy McNichol won 2 supporting Emmys for “Family” and was bumped to the lead category.
October 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm #304181
Moss submitted in Lead that year and made the top 10.
Wow, this is fascinating. I wish they still released the top ten vote-getters; The Wire was actually considered for drama series.
I’ll just keep telling myself that Emmy Rossum is in the top ten every year.October 10, 2013 at 3:46 pm #304182
Michael Emerson – Lost i think Guess and then Supporting…
Jennifer Aniston – Supporting and then Lead (where she won)
Carol Kane – Taxi – Supporting and Lead (i think she won in both cases) have to check it.
Ellen Burstyn for Mrs Harris (lead and supporting)
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