The Creative Arts Emmys are held on September 9 and September 10, which will include the winners in guest acting categories for comedy and drama series. The nominees in those races, as in most Emmy acting races, are judged based on sample episode submissions. So who do you think submitted the best episode for Best Comedy Guest Actress? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The Emmys are unique among show business awards in their focus on the nominated material. That’s not to say the Oscars, Grammys, or Tonys aren’t concerned with the quality of their winners, but they don’t level the playing field quite the way the Emmys do. Winners are determined by judging panels that watch episodes submitted by each nominee. In recent years the TV academy has expanded voting to allow all members to vote in as many categories as they wish within their peer group — and in top program categories as well. It seems unlikely that today’s voters will watch every episode in every race, especially when you consider it in conjunction with the recent switch to online voting, so the influence of the episode submissions may not be as great as it once was, But the voting changes are still so recent that we can’t rule anything out one way or another.
Guest acting nominees were once evaluated by screening all of their appearances edited together, but now they submit a single installment as in other acting categories, so which Comedy Guest Actress nominee submitted the best episode in the hopes of joining the list of past winners in this category including Betty White (“The John Larroquette Show” in 1996 and “Saturday Night Live” in 2010), Carol Burnett (“Mad About You” in 1997), and Elaine Stritch (“30 Rock” in 2007), among many others? Follow the links below for our in-depth episode analyses, and then vote in our poll.
Becky Ann Baker, “Girls” (“Gummies”): Hannah confides in Loreen that she is pregnant with her first child and will probably never see the father again. Loreen is having a difficult time accepting the next phase in her life and has begun taking medical marijuana to cope with anxiety. (Read More)
Angela Bassett, “Master of None” (“Thanksgiving”): This installment centers on Denise settling into her sexuality over the course of her life, which is shown through a series of Thanksgivings from her childhood into adulthood. She faces challenges coming out as gay to her mother (Bassett), who at first refuses to acknowledge it, but eventually grows to accept her. (Read More)
Carrie Fisher, “Catastrophe” (“Episode 6”): She is as sassy and inappropriate as ever as she attempts to comfort grieving widow Carol (Frances Tomelty), her son, and her daughter-in-law, in her own particularly acerbic yet loving way. (Read More)
Melissa McCarthy, “SNL” (“Host: Melissa McCarthy”): McCarthy’s episode opens with a parody of Donald Trump‘s (Alec Baldwin) interview with Lester Holt about why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Other sketches include Melissa picking a mother from the audience and taking her on a studio tour; Melissa as Spicer searching New York for Trump. (Read More)
Wanda Sykes, “Black-ish” (“Lemons”): The country is still reeling from the election of Donald Trump, and tensions are high at Dre’s office, where no work has gotten done on a major project. He lashes out at his co-workers, who criticize him for not being upset enough. (Read More)
Kristen Wiig, “SNL” (“Host: Kristen Wiig”): Wiig brings back a few of her greatest hits, like Mindy Grayson on “Secret Word” and the Surprise Party’s Aunt Sue, but she also gets to branch out with new characters. (Read More)
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