There’s plenty of new blood in the 2012 Emmy race for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Indeed, this year’s list of contenders doesn’t include 50 percent of the 2011 nominees — namely, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, Hot in Cleveland‘s Betty White, and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski.
But who deserves to snag the statuette come Sept. 23? Last year’s winner, Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen is back in the running for the third straight year, as is her costar Sofia Vergara. And of course, this will be Emmy voters’ last chance to honor four-time nominee Kristen Wiig for her work on Saturday Night Live, seeing how the versatile funnylady exited that program in May.
Entering the category for the first time this year is TV vet Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory, as well as the late Kathryn Joosten from Desperate Housewives. (Joosten, who died last month at age 72, scored three prior Emmy nods — with wins in 2005 and 2008 — as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on the ABC soap.) And rounding out this year’s race is Nurse Jackie‘s Merritt Wever, the only cable contender in the bunch.
What would you do if you had the power to send one of these fine actresses to the podium when the Emmys are handed out in September? Take our poll below to vote for your favorite — TVLine voting closes Sept. 14, so act now! — then hit the comments to justify your pick!
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