TV Land is taking a chance entering all four stars of "Hot in Cleveland" in the Comedy Supporting Actress at the Emmys. Five-time Emmy champ Betty White was expected to contend there. However, the three younger stars -- Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Valerie Bertinelli -- were thought to be going lead, just as White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan had done on "The Golden Girls."
Last year's winner Jane Lynch ("Glee") is almost certain to defend her crown. She will also be emceeing the kudos and hopes to join the likes of these past hosts who also took home Emmys: Jeff Probst ("Survivor," 2007), Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond," 2003), Jon Stewart ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," 2003), David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier," 1999), Bruce Willis ("Moonlighting," 1987), and Tom Selleck ("Magnum, P.I.," 1984).
The other 2010 nominees are all strong contenders again this year: Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock"), Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men"), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), and Kristen Wiig ("Saturday Night Live"). Past contenders hoping to return to the race include Conchata Ferrell ("Two and a Half Men") and Jenna Fischer ("The Office").
"Desperate Housewives" has both two-time guest champ Kathryn Joosten shifting into this category and new cast member Vanessa Williams who contended three times for her work on "Ugly Betty."
Among the featured funny ladies on returning series looking for their first bids are: Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs ("Community"), Busy Phillips and Christa Miller ("Cougar Town"), Jane Adams and Anne Heche ("Hung"), Kaitlin Olson ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie"), Amy Ryan ("The Office") and Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation").
From new series, potential nominees include four-time Emmy champ Alison Janney ("Mr. Sunshine"), past winners Swoosie Kurtz ("Mike and Molly") and Jessica Walter ("Retired at 35"), Tamsin Greig ("Episodes") and Phyllis Somerville ("The Big C").
Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil with senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria discuss the race in this video slugfest. They are among the experts and editors who have ranked the potential nominees in this category.
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DRAMA GUEST ACTRESS
Kate Burton ("Scandal")
Jane Fonda ("The Newsroom")
Allison Janney ("Masters of Sex")
Kate Mara ("House of Cards")
Margo Martindale ("The Americans")
Diana Rigg ("Game of Thrones")