Christina Applegate has some Emmy life. The “Dead to Me” star is just out of the predicted six lineup in Best Comedy Actress in ninth place, but she’s got the support of five pundits to make the cut.
Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Ken Tucker (Yahoo), Jen Chaney (Vulture) and Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine) are the only ones betting on Applegate’s name to be read aloud next Tuesday out of our 24 participating Experts.
Applegate was a late contender in the comedy actress race as “Dead to Me” dropped on Netflix on May 3. But it quickly became a fan favorite (it’s been renewed for a second season), and both she and co-star Linda Cardellini have been singled out for their sublime performances and chemistry. Affectionately dubbed a “traumedy,” “Dead to Me” is packed with gallows humor as Jen (Applegate) and Judy (Cardellini) befriend each other in a grief support group after each losing their respective significant others. And that’s when things get interesting.
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In her first regular TV series in seven years, Applegate harnesses the emotional and tonal whiplashes embedded in the story, and well, grief itself, with the mastery of an old sitcom pro, which, of course, she is. Her performance and long hiatus from our screens just remind you how much we’ve all missed seeing her.
Will Emmy have missed her too? While she was never shortlisted for “Married… with Children,” Applegate received two nominations for her guest appearances on “Friends” in 2003 and ’04, winning the former. She followed it up with back-to-back bids for her ABC sitcom “Samantha Who?” in 2008-09.
The good news for Applegate is that the comedy actress race is packed with contenders but no surefire locks outside of six-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and defending champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). If support is divided enough among the others, Applegate could sneak her way in.
Louis-Dreyfus currently tops our odds, followed by Brosnahan, Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”).
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