Emmy Talk with JWalk: Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Frontrunners and Strong Contenders

As Emmy season approaches, it’s time to revisit some of my early Emmy predictions, and make some more solid predictions with actual frontrunners strong contenders. I’ll be making my predictions based off of how many nominees were in the corresponding category last year. Let’s visit Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.


  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Rachel Bronsahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Kristen Bell – The Good Place
  • Pamela Adlon – Better Things

Narrowing down this category to just six actresses is extremely difficult, but lets be clear, this is a race between Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Rachel Bronsahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). The Emmys showered Mrs. Maisel with eight awards, including best actress, supporting actress, and best comedy. Veep wasn’t eligible due to a long production schedule, which is surely the reason why Maisel prevailed the way it did. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for The Good Place star Kristen Bell to receive a much-deserved nomination.

 Strong Contenders

  • Natasha Lyonne – Russian Doll
  • Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek
  • Aidy Bryant – Shrill
  • Christina Applegate – Dead to Me
  • Laurie Metcalf – The Conners

I believe all four of my strong contenders could easily be frontrunners in their own right. I’ve heard great things about Russian Doll, but I haven’t completed it to see Lyonne’s performance. Catherine O’Hara has been amazing as usual on Schitt’s Creekand if there’s any time to nominate her, its this year. Aidy Bryant gave us a glimpse at her amazing acting capabilities outside of Saturday Night Live in Shrillwhich gives her a legitimate shot an an Emmy nomination if Hulu campaigns correctly.

Netflix recently premiered comedy Dead to Me starring Christina Applegate, and Applegate gives an Emmy-worthy performance, even if the show itself does have it’s problems. Given the fact she got two back-to-back nominations in 2008 and 2008 for her little seen ABC comedy Samantha Who?, Emmy voters may welcome her back. She already has an Emmy in the guest acting category for Friends in 2003.

I’m not quite sure if Laurie Metcalf is submitting herself in the Lead Actress or Supporting Actress category for The Conners, but it if she switched categories it wouldn’t be surprisingly. Metcalf stepped her role up after the Roseanne fiasco and was the only cast member to be nominated last year as a reward. John Cryer went through a similar co-star turmoil with Two and a Half Men in 2012. He went from Supporting to Lead actor and surprisingly won! Could Metcalf follow in Cryer’s footsteps?

2019 Emmy nominations will be announced Tuesday, July 16th, get ready for a lot of coverage leading to the final day as potential nominees heat up or cool off.

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