Emmy picks: Supporting Actress, comedy

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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Jul 27, 2009
Jane Krakowski is so underrated! She's hilarious!
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Jul 23, 2009
It would be a crime to nominate Kristi,for Best supporting actress in a comedy,"Pushing Daisies", and Kristin don't win!!!,nobody remembers the losers!!, Kristin seemed natural as the lovesick Olive,and Kristin's costumes and hairstyles,added more to Olive's personality!!!

Kristi's 4ft.-11,and a hot piece from Heaven,and she's got a huge exuberance and a high energetic force to come from a tiny sexy "bod"!!
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Jul 22, 2009
Kristin WILL win the Emmy for Best supporting actress in a comedy,for Pushing Daisies!!!,usually an award show will honor a very good and Popular(no pun intended LOL),TV show, by giving this show an award at least,since being cancelled before it's time!!! Also Kristi is the only actor nominated,and I would luv for Kristin to win the Grand Slam for great performers,the Tony,an Emmy,a Grammy and an Oscar!! Good Luck and God Bless Kristin !!!!
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Jul 15, 2009
Do recurring characters qualify for this category? Sara Gilbert is always a treat whenever she appears on the Big Bang Theory. Her battle of wits with Jim Parsons are one of the best things about that series and she would deserve some Emmy consideration.
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Jun 21, 2009
None of them.
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Jun 12, 2009
Portia de Rossi - Better Off Ted. Hands down the totally f@#$ing consistently funniest performance all damn year.
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Jun 11, 2009
no contest holland taylor.
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Jun 10, 2009
Oh man, I hope this is what the real list looks like, I would be satisfied with any of them!
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Jun 09, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies definately
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Jun 08, 2009
Holland Taylor
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Jun 08, 2009
I adore Jane, but if Kristin Chenoweth doesn't win for PD, I'll be outraged. She was PERFECT as Olive.
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Jun 08, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth is amazing and Olive was the best character on Daisies next to Emerson. If only she and Jane could tie, that would be perfect.
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Jun 08, 2009
Since most critics (very few viewers)are mesmerized by 30rock, why don't you fill all your nominations for comedy actress and supporting comedy actress with people from 30rock? Comedy Actress and Supporting Comedy Actress:

Tina Fay

Jane Kraskowski

Latrina Bowden

Tracy Morgan....He is sorta fem.

Amy Polar......I had to think of another woman since this is a sexist male dominated cast!
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Jun 08, 2009
I like Krakowski but honestly her part in 30Rock is getting smaller and smaller and I can definitely see the show without her. Chenoweth on the other hand brought a lot to a show that was unfortunately one of the strike's casualty... My vote goes to Chenoweth.
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Jun 07, 2009
out of these, Wanda
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Jun 06, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth deserves to win. (She should of won last year)
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Jun 06, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth for sure deserves to win.
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Jun 06, 2009
WANDA SYKES. new adventures of old christine needs to be recognized but to lose to a show with tina fey makes u feel better. 30 rock is a good show but i caught on to it so at least it should win if wanda doesnt
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Jun 04, 2009
i'm totally rooting for kristin chenoweth! :)
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Jun 04, 2009
I don't know how 30 Rock keeps winning that has got to be the most overrated show I have ever seen. Kristin Chenoweth should win this for sure, she missed out last year.
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Jun 04, 2009
Jane Krakowski all the way
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Jun 03, 2009
Why are you talkin'bout Kyra Sedwig?This is for Oustanding SUPPORTING Actress In A COMEDY Series.
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Jun 03, 2009
I hope Kyra Sedgwick of The Closer wins! She deserves it!
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Jun 03, 2009
30 rock won an Emmy because of Jane? Your blatant attempts to get people to respond just to create page views is laughable. The show won for best comedy because of: 1) the writing; 2) the ensemble; and 3) the competition (or lack thereof).
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Jun 03, 2009
I'm not sure if there's an emmy category for guest roles but Alex O'Loughlin's portrayal of a serial killer on Criminal Minds was definitely emmy worthy!!!
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Jun 03, 2009
jane krakowski better be nominated lol, she done a really good job this year especially in the episode "believe in the stars"
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Jun 03, 2009
I really like Kristen Chenoweth, she is awesome. But I agree Jane is the best. She plays her role so well but doesn't get lost in the stereotype. She brings a unique sense of craziness to Jenna that is completely original. Jane is often overlooked and hopefully she'll at least get nominated, if she doesn't win.
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Jun 03, 2009
Holland Taylor is by far the best one on the list
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Jun 02, 2009
ha - i called 30 rock a drama... sheesh get it together tim!
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Jun 02, 2009
Definitely Ms. Kristin Chenoweth of Pushing Daisies. Her performance was flawless. She better get the Emmy this year.
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Jun 02, 2009
30 rock has had a dull 3rd season..i dont expect it to win any emmy's this time. As for best supporting (comedy) actress, i would go for holland taylor. Her recurring role is just too good..or possibly Felicity Huffman again!!!
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Jun 02, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth!
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Jun 02, 2009
I hope Holland Taylor wins. She is so funny
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Jun 02, 2009
How about Traylor Howard from MONK
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Jun 02, 2009
Besides calling 30 Rock a drama, I agree with your selections. But I'd choose Holland Taylor or Kristne Chenoweth. Jenna is just annoying.
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Jun 02, 2009
I don't watch too many comedies they are all junk but I did watch Pushing Daisies so I will go with Kristen Chenoweth
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Jun 02, 2009
She is beautiful. Some of my friends told me that her nudist profile with some of her pretty nude photos and videos was found on a nudist dating site called Nudistmate.com . Not sure if this is true. However, I will help you guys check it out
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Jun 02, 2009
Jane Lynch, Party Down. :)
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Jun 02, 2009
Holland Taylor has it coming! Best in the bunch.
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Jun 02, 2009
"Why does 30 Rock win the Emmy for best drama every year?" This may be a stupid question... but is this on purpose?
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Jun 02, 2009
30 rock is the only one with a chance on this list.
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Jun 02, 2009
No one from The Office?



Oh well, I hope Holland gets it but the others are also deserving.
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Jun 02, 2009
I would personally choose Holland Taylor, I don't think that Wanda Sykes has any talent at all or if she has she keeps it well hidden!
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Jun 02, 2009
Kristin Chenoweth...she deserves it, she's done a fantastic job in everything that she's done. She can not only act, but can sing and dance too! She's superb!!
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Jun 02, 2009
I've agree with this list almost whole-heartedly! I personally prefer Wanda Sykes to the other women in the category, but they are all equally deserving to be nominated. I would be thrilled to see Sykes and Krakowski nominated - that would be fantastic!
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