As all you TV academy members are aware, we’re currently in the midst of Emmy voting, which ends June 24. If you’re struggling to fill out your Best Comedy Actress ballots, I highly encourage you to consider Netflix’s dark comedy contender “Dead to Me,” which features a career-best performance by Christina Applegate.
You already know Applegate, of course, because you awarded her a Best Comedy Guest Actress Emmy in 2003 for playing Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) middle sister on “Friends.” She was nominated again for that guest role in 2004 and later earned back-to-back bids as Best Comedy Actress for “Samantha Who?” (2008-09), the same category in which she now contends for “Dead to Me.”
In creator Liz Feldman‘s twisty comedy series, Applegate takes on the role of Jen Harding, a real estate agent whose life crumbles following the surprising hit-and-run death of her husband. When we meet Jen she’s cold and bitter, sniping at neighbors who offer to bring her food and rolling her eyes during grief counseling sessions. Jen’s life then turns upside-down in the most unexpected way possible when she meets Judy Hale, played to perfection by Linda Cardellini.
At first Jen doesn’t want anything to do with the seemingly chipper Judy, who tells her own tale of the death of her boyfriend. You see, Jen would rather gulp wine alone and stare longingly at pictures of said dead husband. But Jen ultimately allows herself to open up to her new friend, even inviting her to live in her guest house against the wishes of her cautious sons. This being Netflix, that’s when things start to get juicy.
The deep, dark secrets that Judy brings to Jen’s life allow Applegate to express the full range of emotions that actors often only dream about. Season 1 of “Dead to Me” is essentially a 10-episode grieving process for Jen as she cries, she screams, she shows a vulnerable side … and she cries some more. It’s the kind of role that’s tailor-made for Emmys, chock-full of impactful moments and scenes that evoke empathy from viewers.
The fact that Applegate is already in the Emmy club should greatly help her chances heading into nominations, which will be announced July 16. With Season 2 already announced, it’s the perfect time to experience the show firsthand before any of the major twists are spoiled like Karen’s Mexican lasagna. Other cast members include James Marsden as Steve, Max Jenkins as Christopher and Edward Asner as Abe.
As of this writing two Emmy Experts agree with me that Applegate will score an Emmy nomination as Best Comedy Actress: Robert Rorke (New York Post) and Matt Webb Mitovich (TVLine). Similarly, two of our Top 24 Users, jasonface and Random, believe that Applegate will make the cut. What do YOU say? Chime in with your predictions and then defend your decision down in the comments section.
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