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  • Tom O’Neil
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    Mullally was an Emmy magnet, winning twice (2006, 2000). Now Jessica Walter does
    the same kind of big, martini-swilling, wisecrack-spewing grandstanding. Sure,
    Walter was nominated in 2005 and lost to a (albeit sober) grand diva role (Doris Robert in
    ELR), but Walter has a secret weapon this year.  AD stars, even the supporting
    ones, get episodes wholly devoted to them. Thus more face time.
     
    Here’s where she stands in our charts:
     
    http://www.goldderby.com/stats/experts/emmy-awards-nominations-2013/comedy-supp.-actress.html
     
    What do YOU think of this parallel? I’d like to get some quotes from you to put into a blog article we’re doing …. so speak up and be sassy!

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I don’t think you can compare the two based on their roles alone. When it comes to the Emmy’s, it’s a very different story. Mullally was nominated for six straight years for W&G, from season 3 to the final season. Among the few reasons she wasn’t nominated in 1998 and 1999, besides the tough competition, was because Will & Grace received negative reviews in its first two years.

    It’s a very different scenario when it comes to Jessica Walter and Arrested Development. Jessica Walter was only nominated for the first season of Arrested Development. However, after the first season, Walter was dropped and wasn’t nominated again. Over the next two years, AD continued to have support from the Emmy’s, including 2 more Comedy Series nods, and Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor getting nominations for Supporting Actor. However, Walter did not manage to be nominated again, even though her category was arguably less competitive.

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    Halo_Insider
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    ^ Just a few fact checks, thesmartone, but Mullally actually was nominated 7 consecutive years for Will and Grace, winning for the 2nd season in 2000, the year that it won Best Comedy Series (before going on to win for the final year, as Tom mentions). Will and Grace’s first year of eligibility was in 1999.

    Also, Walter was nominated for the 2nd season of Arrested Development in 2005, not the first, most likely riding off of the increased buzz the show received after winning Comedy Series the year before. 

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    True Tenor
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    Walter is the frontrunner as far as I am concerned. “Queen B” (the only episode that features her as the lead) is a dynamite, slam-dunk of a tape. Vergara has nothing competitive to submit. Even Bowen has few options, none of which are nearly as compelling as “Queen B.” Walter’s chief competion should be Krakowski who is terrific in the 30 Rock finale. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I agree that Walter is definitely going to be nominated again this year. I think we will see a HUGE showing of AD come nomination day, mainly because of how long its been gone and how many fans it still has. I’m predicting nominations for Series, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor for Arnett and Tambor, Supporting Actress for Walter, Guest Actor for Ben Stiller, and Guest Actress for Liza Minnelli. And I have Portia de Rossi in my 7th slot for Comedy actress.

    As for the wins, I’m not necessarily sure yet.

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    Icky
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    I don’t see how somehow is an Emmy magnet winning two Emmys, and Walter hasn’t won for this role. So, I’m not seeing the connection. She’s more comparable to another controlling, self-centered mother like Doris Roberts on ‘Raymond’. She has a great tape. If she’s nominated she’ll be the frontrunner. There are a couple of things holding her back however. The episode itself was divisive, and her being front and center in almost every scene while competing supporting will turn off some voters.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I don’t understand this at all, even in that paragraph you wrote is hard to see what or where the parallel is.

    Seven straight nods and two wins against one nom and no win? Parallel? No. Emmy magnet? An exageration.

    Where in eight seasons and about 200 episodes of Will & Grace is Mullally’s exclusive Karen Walker centered episode? How does that compare to Arrested Development, Walters and Queen B exactly? Even when W&G had one hour episodes Karen Walker got screwed, the exception being Stan’s funeral for which many thought she would win.

    The pararell here is that they both played drunks and that they wear pantsuits or skirtsuits (is that a word?) for the show’s entire run.

    You get way too excited each year when the drunk, under the influence, villain and multiple personalities come up as strong contenders (you must be dying for Maslany to get that nod to bring up the Lindsay Wagner trivia)….

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    Laactingnyc
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    Yeah i think Walter is a lock for the emmy right now.

    1. Jessica Walter
    2. Jane Krakowski
    3. Julie Bowen
    4. Sofia Vergara
    5. Betty White
    6. Mayim Bialik

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    1, Jane Krakowski
    2. Jessica Walter
    3. Mayim Bialik
    4. Julie Bowen
    5. Sofia Vergara
    6. Kaley Cuoco

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    dsps84
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    I can’t decide between Wever and Cuoco for the last spot, but I find it puzzling that so many people dismiss Wever as a fluke without any evidence. For heaven’s sake, she couldn’t have been that much of a fluke to squeeze Krakowski out of a nod.

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    nahborghi
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    The characters might have similarities, but the actresses cases are very different. Mullally was a hit, winning twice and being nominated every season but the first one. Walter only got one nomination, and was dropped in the show’s final season. While I do think Walter is the frontrunner to win this year (her biggest competition, in terms of tape, is Krakowski, who’s my personal favorite, but as she was dropped last year and is supposedly struggling to get in again, couldn’t be considered the frontrunner), voters could be turn off with the whole “Lucille has an entire episode for herself”.

    So no, the comparison has no logic, in my opinion. 

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    EGOT
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    I can understand the comparision based on the characters, and I’d really say Lucille Bluth is a combo of Karen Walker and Marie Barone. However, I wouldn’t compare the actress in terms of the Emmy Awards, and even television history. If Arrested Development had been an audience hit maybe, Walters/Lucille might have been an iconic character like Mullally/Karen. 

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    She could win, but I’m positive one of the two Modern Family actresses will get it.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    I think neither of them will get it, especially Vergara. Bowen probably won’t win either since she doesn’t really have a winning episode this year.

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    Robert Russaw
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    Walter seems to be in a good spot.    I am one of the few who is not predicting a Krakowski nomination, slightly based on the fact that she was left off of the list last year.   My predictoins are:

    Jessica Walter
    Julie Bowen
    Sofia Vergara
    Merritt Wever
    Kaley Cuoco
    Mayim Bialik

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