Emmy for Best Comedy Actress: Who will fill three empty slots?

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Three out of the six women nominated for Best Comedy Actress at the Emmys last year are now out of the race: Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation“), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“) and Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback“) are all off the air now. That leaves three returning contenders: Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer“), Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie“) and four-time defending champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep“). So who will join them?

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Our forum posters are discussing who might fill the vacancies. Read some of our posters’ comments below, then join the discussion in our message board.

Tonbone: I think it is a given that Ellie Kemper will be nominated for “Kimmy Schmidt” as long as the academy continues liking the show. I could see Tracee Ellis Ross being nominated for “Black-ish“; she is great. Lastly maybe Jane Fonda could be nominated alongside her “Grace & Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin.

eastwest: I think one of the “Broad Citygirls could surprise.

Rooney Moore: If Anna Faris misses again with these many slots, you know they just don’t care about “Mom.” I’d say Gina Rodriguez [“Jane the Virgin“] might be in the top 10 as well. She’s been everywhere since the laat year. And sometimes it takes a year or two for Emmy voters to catch up on something.

sturnc: I know it won’t happen, but Aya Cash should be nominated, and win for this past season of “You’re the Worst.”

leothescorpio: I feel like Gina Rodriguez has a legitimate shot this time around. Yes, her show is on the CW, but “Jane The Virgin” season two continued its acclaim and praise for Rodriguez, plus she made it back in at the Globes and Critics’ Choice (not that these are an indication, but it only helps her case).

jhaddad: Tracee Ellis Ross and Ellie Kemper, obviously. For that sixth and final slot I am going back and forth between two actresses with history in this category: Lena Dunham [“Girls“] and Martha Plimpton [“The Real O’Neals”]. I could easily see either getting if no other competition arises.

John Kubicek: For some reason I feel like Gina Rodriguez could have a shot this year. She doesn’t have the same buzz as last year, but with these three openings, anything is possible. Besides, I just keep thinking about how Tatiana Maslany had all the buzz in the world for the first two seasons and was snubbed, then got in for season three after most people had written her off.

TerenceFletcher: I have Constance Wu [“Fresh Off the Boat“] sneaking in and I’m wondering if this has any chance at all of happening or if I would be smarter to just put Melissa McCarthy [“Mike and Molly“] getting back in. Wu deserves it so much; she is consistently the best part of a very good show.

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Photo credits: “Fresh off the Boat” and “Black-ish” by ABC; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” by Netflix; “Jane the Virgin” by CW

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