Kate McKinnon (‘SNL’) could be fifth three-peat Emmy champ in Best Comedy Supporting Actress

Kate McKinnon has had a stranglehold on our Best Comedy Supporting Actress Emmy odds since our predictions center launched and if she does prevail, she’ll join a very elite group: three-peat champs.

Only four other women have won three Emmys in a row in Best Comedy Supporting Actress. Valerie Harper (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) accomplished it first, dominating from 1971-73. Her victory in 1972 was a tie with Sally Struthers (“All in the Family”). Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”) next three-peated from 1984-86 and won a fourth trophy in 1989. Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) then went on a roll from 1992-94. Seven years later, Doris Roberts claimed three in a row from 2001-03. The late “Everybody Loves Raymond” star also bagged a fourth statuette in 2005.

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Since then, two people have come close to three-peating: Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), who won in 2011 and 2012 but lost the following year to Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”), and Allison Janney (“Mom”), the 2014 and 2015 champ. It was McKinnon who prevented Janney’s three-peat in 2016, becoming the first “SNL” star to triumph in a regular acting category since they were allowed to compete there in 2008. Buoyed by her Hillary Clinton impression in the wake of the 2016 election, McKinnon unsurprisingly prevailed again last year, when “SNL” had one of its most successful Emmy years in ages (it won four acting awards and Best Variety Sketch Series).

Season 43 of “SNL” wasn’t as strong as last year’s, but McKinnon is respected and adored enough to overcome that. One of her potential rivals could be Metcalf, who’s had a roller-coaster of a month with “Roseanne”’s cancellation and its spin-off “The Conners” being picked up. Oh yeah, she also won a Tony in between. Metcalf is currently in fourth place in our odds, the only “Roseanne” star our pundits see making the cut. If she gets in, could a former three-peater stop McKinnon from joining the club?

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