EMMYS: Lead Comedy Actress Handicap

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s 2011 Emmy coverage. Here’s his scorecard assessing the Outstanding Lead Comedy Series Actress race.

Laura Linney, The Big C
Showtime
Why She Was Nominated: Because, well, the TV academy couldn’t very well not nominate her. Her role as the cancer-stricken Cathy Jamison in The Big C showcases Linney’s mesmerizing acting range and depth. And she’s also a three-time Oscar nominee. That fact alone earns Linney significant brownie points and makes her Emmy nomination a foregone conclusion no matter the project or role. Having a past cinematic pedigree remains plenty huge.
Why She Has To Win: Simply stated, Linney never loses. She’s been nominated for Emmys three times: lead actress in a movie/miniseries twice (2002 for Showtime’s Wild Iris, 2008 for HBO’s John Adams) and as guest comedy actress once (2004 for Frasier). She’s won every time. Moreover, Linney’s The Big C submission is the pilot episode that finds her shifting effortlessly between high emotion and dark humor. Oh, plus the past pair of winners in the category — Toni Collette and Edie Falco — hailed from similar Showtime dramedies.
Why She Can’t Possibly Win: Someday, somebody will figure out that if you’re doing a seriocomic turn in a half-hour series, it’s likely more serio than comic. Falco said it herself onstage after winning last year for Nurse Jackie: “Oh this is just the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show. Thank you so much. I’m not funny.” Linney isn’t as purely funny in her role as are her competitors here — and, well, this is supposed to be a comedy award. If that matters. Read More »

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TCA: Leno Takes Another One On the Chin From TV’s Funny Ladies

From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:

It’s amazing how even when he isn’t present or even mentioned by name, any discussion of the late-night talk show landscape finds Jay Leno having to absorb a shot or two. Or … Read More »

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Fox Gives ‘Raising Hope’ Full-Season Order

Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy Raising Hope has become the first new series this fall to receive an order for additional episodes. The network has given a full back-nine order to Greg Garcia’s single-camera family comedy, bringing the total order to 22 episodes. While not the highest-rated freshman series this season, Raising Hope has been the highest-rated new Fox series, performing better than fellow freshman comedy Running Wilde and the already-cancelled drama Lone Star. Last night, the comedy, which is solid creatively and features a standout performance by Martha Plimpton, drew a 2.5/7 in adults 18-49 behind the hottest scripted series on TV at the moment, Fox’s sophomore Glee, for a so-so 54% hold. (For comparison, Running Wilde did a 1.7/5). Read More »

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