Emmy picks: Supporting Actress, comedy

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The Emmys won't announce its nominations until July 16, but with the 2008-2009 season closed, we've already made our picks. We'll unveil them one day at a time over the course of the next two working weeks (Monday-Friday), with each day presenting a new category.

Today we'll look at the supporting actresses of comedy. What makes a good supporting actress in a comedy? We'll aside from the fact that they aren't the star of the show and do meet the anatomical requirements, a good supporting actress is like icing on the cake--they can often be the best part.

Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock

Role: Jenna Maroney
In a cast full of neurotics, Jenna makes the others look relatively sane--well maybe not Tracy. Doing classic "dumb blonde" is easy--doing it like Jane isn't.

Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men

Role: Evelyn Harper
The foil to Charlie on America's most-watched comedy, Evelyn is in the Lucille Bluth (Arrested Development) family of TV mothers--self-absorbed, insufferable, and darned funny.

Kristen Schaal, Flight of the Conchords

Role: Mel
As the Conchords' obsessed fan, Mel doesn't rely on subtlety to get her feelings across. Schaal, on the other hand, performs so many blink-and-you'll-miss-them gestures that make Mel the delightful stalker she is, she can't be overlooked.

Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies

Role: Olive Snook
The multi-talented Chenoweth wins us over with her spunky attitude and perfect delivery of the writers' poetic dialogue. And let's face it, she's just plain adorable.

Wanda Sykes, The New Adventures of Old Christine

Role: Barb
As the sidekick to Christine, Barb don't take no shorts. This character was seemingly written specifically for Wanda, and she nails it.

And our winner is: Jane Krakowski. Why does 30 Rock win the Emmy for best comedy every year? Mostly because of its stellar cast, and we can't imagine 30 Rock without Jane.

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