You decide: Who will win the competitive Comedy Actress Emmys race?

While all six of last year’s Emmy Award nominees for Best Comedy Actress are eligible to contend again, three are likely to lose their spots to stars of freshman series. 


Eight of our Experts and four Editors predict that third time will be the charm for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” leading lady Amy Poehler. This one-time “SNL” star was behind last year’s “beauty pageant” lineup at the Emmys. 

Melissa McCarthy was the winner of that race, prevailing for the first season of CBS’ “Mike & Molly.” Her surprise victory could have been the result of the success of the movie “Bridesmaids” which eventually netted her an Oscar nom. None of our Experts or Editors are predicting McCarthy to repeat. Indeed, she barely makes it into the final six this year. 

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Back in 2006, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won this category for the first season of “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” This year, four Experts and three Editors expect her to win for the first season of her new HBO laffer “Veep.” 

Two Experts are charmed by Zooey Deschanel who stars in the freshman Fox comedy “New Girl.” 

And one Expert and two Editors expect Golden Globe champ Laura Dern to also win at the Emmys for the first season of her HBO show “Enlightened.” 

With those three newcomers, there is only room left for one more past nominee. That is likely to be 2008 champ Tina Fey for her long-running NBC series “30 Rock.” 

That leaves 2010 winner Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Laura Linney (“The Big C”) — who had gone three for three in previous Emmy bids — and Martha Plimpton (“Raising Hope”) off this year’s final ballot. 


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