Laurie Metcalf’s Emmy hopes in Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Roseanne” seemed to be fading away after ABC axed the show last month following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet. Even 57 percent of our readers said the show wouldn’t get a single nomination in any category. But a Tony upset and a Barr-less spin-off, “The Conners,” later and Metcalf looks to be back in the game. In a recent poll, 61 percent are confident Metcalf will nab a nomination.
Metcalf, who was in second place pre-cancellation, dropped to fourth place and remains there, but her odds have increased to 8/1 since “The Conners” was picked up last week, four days before Emmy voting closed. The spin-off, for which Barr will have no creative involvement and from which she will not benefit financially, sort of gives a green light to anyone on the fence about voting for those involved with “Roseanne”: “The show is continuing without her, let’s not punish everyone else.”
Plus, the Tonys already gave them a go-ahead after an upset victory for Metcalf (“Three Tall Women”) over Denise Gough (“Angels in America”) for Best Featured Actress in a Play. In that case, voting closed 10 days after “Roseanne”’s cancellation. This is also on the heels of her Oscar nomination for “Lady Bird,” a loss that still stings for many of her supporters.
Metcalf, who won three Emmys for the original “Roseanne,” is also contending in Best Comedy Guest Actress for “The Big Bang Theory,” where she sits in seventh place. And 25 percent of readers think she can pull off two nominations — not impossible; she got three nominations in one year in 2016. Meanwhile, 14 percent think she will miss out completely.
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