Friday, June 29, 2012

Dream Emmy Ballot: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

These funny women have added a lot of great moments to the landscape of television this year.  This year Modern Family and Happy Endings had the most talented funny ladies.  Here is my dream list in this category.

Julie Bowen as Calire Dunphy in Modern Family-Vote for Claire Dunphy! What started out as a simple problem with speeding and a missing stop sign turned into a hilarious city council election and great story for Claire.  Julie Bowen is the perfect "straight woman" to the outlandish others.  Bowen is great while she worked through her fight to win the election while dealing with a family that thinks she is uptight, which she is.  Although my favorite moment may be when she thinks she is hanging out with a gay guy, but he is trying to pick her up.

Claire Dunphy Picture

Alison Brie as Annie Edison in Community-Annie's move in with Abed and Troy was hilarious and done well; she has great chemistry with these two and it helped to explore her character even further.  One of my favorite scenes was when they spoofed Law & Order, and did her hilarious cross examination.  Then there was the great U.N. debate between Annie and Asian Annie, classic.  This girl has great comedic timing, and even with her sweet naive ways is one bad ass comedian.

Eliza Coupe as Jane Kerkovich-Williams in Happy Endings-I know I have not been tricked by the Kerkovich way to add Coupe to this list.  Like Monica Gellar, she is the uptight clean one of the group, but she adds her own flair to the role because "That's how she Janes."  Coupe and Wayans Jr. are the perfect couple, and their dynamic within the show helps bring on the funny.  Jane's competitive streak along with her pretending her friend is coming to visit so she can have her own alone time makes her one of the funniest ladies of the year.

Melissa Rauch as Berndatte Rostenkowski in The Big Bang Theory- Bernadette is so sweet and kind, but she is also one of the funniest parts of The Big Bang Theory this season.  Berndatte's wedding and engagement to Howard was one of the central stories of the show this season, and while her male counterpart was just as funny Melissa Rauch often steals the spotlight, and makes her character one of the most like able characters on a show full of know it all's.
Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett in Modern Family-Vergara is cited more for her looks than her acting chops, but this woman nails it week after week.  We often see Jay get jealous when men hit on Gloria, but this season we got to see the love she has for Jay when they go to the restaurant where Jay has his own sandwich.  Yet I also loved watching her jump into the swimming pool for Stella, and translating for Mitch and Cam as they were trying to adopt a baby; she has great comedic timing, and proved that Gloria has so much more to offer.

Casey Wilson as Penny Hartz in Happy Endings-This character is just so unlucky in love, but watching her try to find her soul mate is both hilarious and entertaining.  Penny was not only the perfect cheerleader for Max when he was getting over breaking up with Grant, but she was also exploring her own feelings for her best friend Dave through her dreams inspired by his alcohol from his food truck, and at the wedding at the end of the season.  One of the best things that could have happened to Casey Wilson was walking away from Saturday Night Live; she has one of the best characters and her work with her TV mom Megan Mullaly is A-MAH-ZING.

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