The fifth try finally marked the first time in the winners’ circle for Joan Cusack. It is for her longtime recurring role as Sheila Jackson on the Showtime comedy series “Shameless.” Although she has attended the Creative Arts ceremony in other years, she was not in attendance to accept on Saturday night.
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For her Emmy submission “Milk of the Gods,” Sheila is still fending off her new husband’s step-daughter Sammi and her son Chuckie. As Sammi tends to her nightly flings, Chuckie continues to wander into Sheila’s home and invites himself for dinner while he waits for Sammi’s rendezvous to end in her trailer, which is conveniently located next door to Sheila’s. The tension between Sheila and Sammi gets to a boiling point when Shelia discovers Sammi had a fling on her pristine white couch and may or may not have used her sex toys. Sheila goes into a rage, changing the locks on Sammi and making sure Chuckie is no longer a frequent visitor to her house.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Tina Fey was the favorite to win with 8/13 odds. Cusack was in second place at 13/2. Up next was Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls“) at 9/1 and then Christine Baranski (“The Big Bang Theory“) at 12/1. Pamela Adlon (“Louie“) was in fifth place at 16/1 and finally Elizabeth Banks (“Modern Family“) at 33/1.
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Photo: Joan Cusack in “Shameless.” Credit: Showtime