Gold Derby has exclusively learned the episodes that will be submitted to the Emmys by two of the 2015 nominees for Best Comedy Actress. Edie Falco is entering the “Nurse Jackie” series finale titled “I Say a Little Prayer.” Amy Poehler is taking the same approach by choosing the “Parks and Recreation” series finale “One Last Ride.”
For Falco, this year’s nomination is her sixth for the Showtime comedy. Along with the six that she reaped for “The Sopranos,” she is now tied with Angela Lansbury for the most by an actress in a leading role on a series. She has won a total of four Emmys, including one for the first season of “Nurse Jackie.”
On the program, she has played drug-addicted nurse Jackie Peyton for seven seasons. The finale was the 12th episode with a storyline where “Jackie and Kevin are greeted by a surprise visitor during Grace’s confirmation rehearsal. On the last day before All Saints closes its doors Jackie is offered a job at Bellevue Hospital, and wants Zoey to come with her.”
Poehler has four Emmy nominations this year, including two for producing and acting on “Parks and Recreation” plus two for hosting and writing the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. That brings her career total to 17 bids without a victory so far.
She has played small-town government employee Leslie Knope throughout the seven seasons of the NBC comedy. Her one-hour series finale was the 12th episode of the season as “the team gathers one final time before they go their separate ways” with a “look 10 years into the future for each team member. Leslie and Ben both receive offers to run for governor of Indiana in 2025. But before they decide on which person will take the offer, Ben has one final surprise for Leslie.”
Below, watch our recent contender video interview with Falco.
We will continue to reveal all other Emmy submissions this year for the series and acting races as they are provided to us by networks, studios, or personal reps.
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