For Your EMMY Consideration: Outstanding Supporting Actress and Actor in a Comedy Series

By: Kelly Thompson

Emmy nominations are less than a month away, which means that in just under a month I (along with all TV Addicts) will be whining and complaining about the actors and shows that did not make the ballet. So to help Emmy voters and give attention to the less-noticed contenders, I have compiled my list of Dream Nominations.

It is important to state here (before you sound off about it in the comments) I do not watch most HBO/Showtime shows or Mad Men so you will not find any of those below. But Mad Men and HBO/Showtime get enough attention as it is so this is more about the underdogs (along with some heaving hitters). The lists will also be uneven because … well because there are some actors/shows that I watch that haven’t earned a spot on my Dream List; I tried to have at least 3 in each category. Feel free to angrily tell me who or what I missed in the comments.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
• Laura Prepon, Orange is the New Black
• Allison Janney, Mom
• Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory
• Aubrey Plaza, Parks & Recreation
• Uzo Abuda, Orange is the New Black

OITNB has maybe the best supporting cast of any show right now so any of their ladies could have made this list. Prepon and Abuda are my picks because they brought the most to their characters. Abuda was not used that much during season 1 but when she was able to show her acting chops, she did not disappoint. Abuda’s bit about performing Shakespeare during a Scared Straight demonstration, that would keep anyone out of jail and please rewatch when she sings “Vanilla and Vanilla, swirl .. swirl ..” to Piper and Alex because it’s best thing that ever happened to me. Prepon was great as Alex Vause and managed to make a character that is a pretty terrible person sympathetic and likeable. Mayim Bialik may be the most underrated cast member of BBT and deserves an Emmy nod more than anyone else in the cast.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in Comedy Series
• Chris Pratt, Parks & Recreation
• Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation
• Taran Killam, Saturday Night Live

Parks & Rec has the best male supporting cast out there. This list could have easily had Aziz Ansari or Rob Lowe on it as well. I picked Pratt and Offerman because they are the most consistent and they annoy me the least (sorry to say it but Tom and Chris can be very annoying most of the time). Saturday Night Live is definitely in a rut but whenever Killam is involved in a skit it immediately gets better and he should be applauded for doing his best with not so much to work with.

Kelly Thompson has been addicted to television for as far back as she can remember and the addiction has only grown as she’s getting older and television is becoming more readily available.  Two of the most important things in her life are Netflix and her DVR.  When she isn’t watching television, she is normally ranting about it to anyone that will listen and now that includes TheTVAddict readers.  You can also read her rants on twitter @TVwithKelly.

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