2022 Emmy Predictions: Lead Actress (Comedy Series)

At this year’s Emmys, reigning Best Comedy Actress champ Jean Smart (“Hacks”) could follow in the footsteps of Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) by winning again for her show’s second season. This time, however, she faces a strong challenge from another former victor who also plays a stand-up comic: Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”).

After defeating them in 2021, Smart may have to go up against both Kaley Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”) and Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) again this year. Her other two previous competitors, Aidy Bryant (“Shrill”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”), are out of the running since their shows ended before last June.

Also back in the mix this year is 2004 winner Sarah Jessica Parker, who reprised her “Sex and the City” role of Carrie Bradshaw on “And Just Like That.” Past nominees who could score bids this year are Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”), Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), Issa Rae (“Insecure”), and “Grace and Frankie” duo Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Actresses seeking recognition for new comedy series include Quinta Brunson (“Abbott Elementary”), Selena Gomez (“Only Murders in the Building”), and Sarah Lancashire (“Julia”).

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