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    Tom’o has posted a new poll on the homepage and it’s much more delightful than the dreadful depressing Lead Comedy Actor.

    Jennifer Aniston, “Friends” (2002)

    Candice Bergen, “Murphy Brown” (1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995)

    Toni Collette, “United States of Tara” (2009)

    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (2010)

    America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty” (2007)

    Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (2008)

    Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (2000, 2001)

    Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives” (2005)

    Helen Hunt, “Mad About You” (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006)

    Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly” (2011)

    Debra Messing, “Will & Grace” (2003)

    Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City” (2004)

    Roseanne, “Roseanne” (1993)

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    Per my usual bitching with these polls, I must mention at least one (of many) that should be on this list that isn’t: Lisa Kudrow, “The Comeback” (2006). Far and away the best submission that year and of course the only chance she had to win for that series. JLD’s moment would come two years later but more on that in a moment.

    It’s a great list. Five for Bergen and four for Hunt are probably a little excessive, as I would have taken at least one away from Bergen and given it to Delta Burke (Designing Women) and taken one of Hunt’s and given it to Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal).

    The thing with Murphy Brown is it has aged extremely poorly. And although I do love Mad About You, I stand by the performances more than I do the series as a whole. It’s aged better than Murphy but not by too much.

    Jennifer Aniston and Felicity Huffman make/made good winners on good shows, even though I preferred their costars, the never-nominated Courteney Cox and the ridiculously-once nominated Marcia Cross.

    I’m fine with JLD winning, just not for the year in which she won. The same can be said with Tina Fey. I was never on the Ugly Betty bandwagon and I’ll always wonder had Tina Fey submitted “The C Word,” her best episode of season 1, would it have stopped Ferrera. With the pattern being Kudrow then Fey, I think JLD would have then won for not only her season’s best episode in which she submitted, “One and a Half Men,” but also her best episode of the entire series.

    Aside from the questionable category-placement, Collette and Falco make good winners. And for what it’s worth, Nurse Jackie has become more LOL-funny.

    Patricia Heaton made Ray Romano look much better than he actually is/was, and that should warrant her at least one Emmy. Her 2001 Emmy should have gone to Jane Kaczmarek though.

    I don’t care for Ferrera’s win but even worse than hers is McCarthy’s. Good actress snubbed for previous work – supporting roles in Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who – landing a nom and winning for possibly the worst sitcom on Emmy’s radar since Two and a Half Men.

    Roseanne is a win I like very much. She falls into the category of not the greatest actress but one who had some stellar moments on her series and nabbed an Emmy for it; others I put in this category that didn’t get so lucky are Fran Drescher (The Nanny) and Ellen (Ellen; her Writing win is PERFECT). Tina Fey almost falls into this but she’s definitely become greater with each season, whereas Roseanne was up and down in consistency.

    Grace Adler could be such an unlikeable character at times, but Debra Messing delivered perfectly. I loved this Emmy win and I’m hoping Messing will get to truly shine like that again. It didn’t happen on The Starter Wife and it certainly isn’t happening on Smash.

    But, ultimately, I voted for Sarah Jessica Parker. I also voted for Sex and the City as my favorite comedy win. Maybe I’m more of a fanboy than I thought. Carrie Bradshaw was the least interesting character of the main four yet she was the glue that held them together, as seen in season six when she was in Paris while the others were left in NYC. In that season, I truly appreciated the character (it was never a problem with SJP but just the actual character herself) and realized how she enhanced the other three. Adding cherry on the cake is this is the season in which she actually won. So with Kudrow (The Comeback) and Cox (Friends, Cougar Town) absent, this was an easy vote.

    Why couldn’t Lead Comedy Actor be this fun to decide?   

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