It seems like everyone involved in “Gilmore Girls” has been getting a turn at the Emmys except the show’s star Lauren Graham. Will the curse finally be lifted in 2018? She’s a contender for Best Comedy Guest Actress for her role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as Bridget, a love interest for Larry David who also happened to be a foul-mouthed NBC censor.
Graham earned a Golden Globe nomination, two SAG Award nominations and two Television Critics Association Award nominations for playing single mother Lorelai Gilmore in “Gilmore Girls.” It aired on the WB from 2000-2006, then migrated to the newly formed CW network from 2006-2007, and it was revived by Netflix as a 2016 limited series. But the show was never embraced by Emmy voters except for one nomination and win for Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup in 2004. Since the show ended, however, some of its cast members have found success for their later work.
Melissa McCarthy played chef Sookie St. James in “Gilmore,” and she has since won Emmys for “Mike and Molly” (Best Comedy Actress, 2011) and “Saturday Night Live” (Best Comedy Guest Actress, 2017). Danny Strong had a recurring role as Doyle, the editor of the Yale Daily News, and he went behind the camera after that, winning dual Emmys for writing and producing the HBO telefilm “Game Change” (2012). Graham’s on-screen daughter Alexis Bledel broke through at the Emmys for the first time in 2017 by winning Best Drama Guest Actress for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” And the same year Bledel’s “Gilmore” love interest Milo Ventimiglia picked up a Best Drama Actor bid for starring in “This is Us.” And in 2018 “Gilmore” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is a strong contender for Best Comedy Series for her new Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
So what does Graham have to do to get her own invitation to the Emmy party? Perhaps “Curb” will do the trick. To date no guest actress has ever earned a nomination for the HBO comedy, but two guest actors have over the years: Shelley Berman (2008) and Michael J. Fox (2012). And the show is a consistent nominee in top categories, including seven bids for Best Comedy Series out of the show’s eight previous seasons. So “Curb” is likely to be on voters’ radar — and therefore, so is Graham.
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