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Emmys 2012: Who Should Win Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy? Take Our Poll!

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Last year, guest-heavy Glee took up a full half of the slots in the Emmy competition for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy. The 2012 race is much more open, with only Dot-Marie Jones representing the Fox musical dramedy – and she’s joined by two stellar Saturday Night Live guest hosts, two visitors to 30 Rock and a gender-bending Two and a Half Men stunt cast.

Jones and 30 Rock’s Elizabeth Banks are both back for their second consecutive nods in the category, while Maya Rudolph’s Saturday Night Live homecoming and Margaret Cho’s 30 Rock turn as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il earned each actress her first Emmy nomination. McCarthy’s nom for hosting SNL is paired with one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy (CBS’ Mike & Molly, a role that nabbed her the statuette last year). And Kathy Bates is doing double duty this year, as well; in addition to being recognized for playing Two and a Half Men’s reincarnated Charlie, she’s up for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for NBC’s recently cancelled Harry’s Law.

What would you do if you had the power to honor one of these fine ladies 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!

Every day for the next month, we’ll launch another “Who Should Win” Emmy poll, so come back to TVLine.com every day to weigh in on who’s most worthy of TV’s biggest honor!



Comments (47)

  • Either Melissa McCarthy or Maya Rudolph would be just fine !!!

    Comment by Soso – July 30, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • melissa mccarthy was possibly the best host SNL has had in years.

      Comment by cj – August 5, 2012 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dot Marie deserves the win. Still bummed they didn’t nominate the amazing Mary Steenburgen. Lots of good candidates though.

    Comment by MichaelS – July 30, 2012 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • now that you mention it, why the hell ISN’T mary steenburgen nominated? she was great on 30 rock this season.

      Comment by unicornwasp – July 30, 2012 02:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • because morons nominated Dot Marie Jones for her DRAMATIC work on a non-comedy comedy. Seriously her domestic abuse storyline was so bad

        Comment by Smigglesby – July 30, 2012 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. Ryan Murphy has a talent for taking the most serious of issues and making them unbelievable, insincere, and laughably horrible. I’d love to say he’s trying to be kitschy, but I don’t think he is. I think he really takes himself that seriously as some kind of savior who’s getting out good messages about teen suicide, domestic abuse, texting during driving, teenage drinking, the impoverished, the homeless, bullying, teen pregnancy, equality, why it’s bad to have sex, why it’s bad to be a prude…oh gosh, I could go on. I laugh my way through every one of these storylines. Subtlety and a slow build is not in his repertoire. It’s hit-you-in the face social issues! Blaine and Kurt are so going to try and adopt a baby next season. Hey, if Rachel and Finn could plan a senior year of high school marriage ceremony, then why not! Shame on the Emmy voters for enabling him by giving his show any kind of nomination.

          Comment by Britta Unfiltered – July 30, 2012 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • And yet, you continue to watch?

            Comment by jack – July 31, 2012 08:48 AM PDT  
        • I think Dot-Marie Jones totally deserves it! She is an amazing actress and Glee is a musical/comedy series actually…

          Comment by Kelsey – July 31, 2012 04:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Because she wasn’t on the pile of ballots they sent out with “30 Rock” already printed in on one of the nominee lines because they were all printed 6 years ago.

        Comment by onemovieeachday – July 30, 2012 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If melissa McCarthy wins that would really get me out of a couple jams!!!

    Comment by JASon – July 30, 2012 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hahaha! Melissa McCarthy should take it home for her SNL stint. Hands down! :)

      Comment by Kim R – July 30, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • hhahahahahah. Best reply here!

      Comment by MM – August 15, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t normally take interest in the Emmy’s since Thomas Gibson was snubbed a few years back. But Dot-Marie Jones deserves this.

    Comment by Esaul – July 30, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sorry but the Beast spouse abuse arc on GLEE was heavy on Le “DRAMA.” Banks FTW.

    Comment by topsyturvy – July 30, 2012 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know that the award is for “Outstanding Guest Actress In A
      Comedy Series” not for “Funniest” or even “Best Comedic performance” right? That’s an important distinction.

      Comment by onemovieeachday – July 30, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dot-Marie certainly gave a strong performance on Glee this past year, but there was nothing COMEDIC about it. Maya gets my vote.

    Comment by Tricia – July 30, 2012 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There doesn’t have to be. It’s “BEST performance in a Comedy” not “Funniest performance in a comedy” It’s not like the academy is saying ‘yeah, that spousal abuse storyline was great but would it have killed her to crack a few jokes now an again?”

      Comment by dude – July 30, 2012 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Glee barely registers on the comedic scale, so you are still wrong.

        Comment by tripoli – July 30, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kathryn Hahn on Parks and Rec was SNUBBED! Though Maya and Melissa did really great jobs hosting SNL.

    Comment by Linda – July 30, 2012 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Her character was the perfect mix of villainy and likeability.

      Comment by Erin – July 30, 2012 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m glad other people have the same opinion. She was fantastic.

        Comment by D'Arcy – July 30, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Definitely! She definitely derserves the nomination. Definitely agree.

      Comment by Olive – July 30, 2012 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The girl who played Nadia the Russian model on New Girl deserved a nomination.

    Comment by JASon – July 30, 2012 02:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did the committee even watch TV this year?! These are horrible choices. Where’s Kathryn Hahn from Parks and Rec? She’s better than anyone on this list by a mile.

    Comment by Sam – July 30, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Margaret Cho’s take on Kim Jong-Il was hysterical. But at the very least, let’s not validate the mess that was Glee’s domestic abuse storyline.

    Comment by RS – July 30, 2012 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guest hosts of SNL vs sitcom guest stars makes no sense

    Comment by Larry G – July 30, 2012 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. SNL guests have much more opportunities to shine while sitcom guest stars are likely only in a fraction of the episode. My vote goes to Dot Marie Jones or Melissa McCarthy. Both are very deserving.

      Comment by dude – July 30, 2012 02:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dot-Marie Jones but unfortunately she did not do much comedy (with most of Glee this season) yet Glee is still stuck in the comedy category. I know a lot of people soured on Two and a Half Men but if you Kathy Bates she was absolutely hysterical as “Charlie Harper.” She almost played the part better than Charlie Sheen. I would give it to her in a heartbeat.

    Comment by Deena – July 30, 2012 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Every time I think of this I can’t help but think of how the concept was completely lifted from the final episode of Coupling.

      Comment by onemovieeachday – July 30, 2012 06:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well there’s a poll i just dont want to vote on, that is one hell of a terrible list

    Comment by Alan – July 30, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • out of these choices….maya rudolph….melissa mccartheys snl ep was one of the least interesting ones….and dot marie jones was good but i dont want the win because they completely butchered her character……maya rudolphs snl ep was at times a mess but all funny….margaret cho and elisabeth banks were amazing as well….melissa mccarthey and dot marie jones should be dropped….kathryn hahn on parks & rec, and rebecca reid for nadia in new girl deserve their spots…

    Comment by courtland – July 30, 2012 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nadia from New Girl? You must be joking!

      Comment by tripoli – July 30, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The show is rather meh / kinda overrated over all but Rebecca reid was amazing in the such a small role she had.. better than dot marie jones in the “comedy” glee….Nadia was the best character on the show for the few scenes she was in.

        Comment by courtland – July 30, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If dot Marie doesn’t take this, there is really something wrong. She took what could easily have been a throwaway role and made it so much more.

    Comment by Jake – July 30, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • DOT ALL THE WAY!!!!!

    Comment by Barbara – July 30, 2012 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Pamela Adlon was great on Louie, as was Kathryn Hahn on Parks & Recs. Out of these nominees I pick Dot, she was one of the few highlights this year on Glee

    Comment by Thari – July 30, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dot Marie deserves the Emmy although I have no idea what was comedic about her performance as a victim of domestic violence. I know she did other things on the show but this is what stood out

    Comment by Ethel – July 30, 2012 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really want Dot to take this one, she is phenomenal as Coach Beiste

    Comment by Stephanie – July 30, 2012 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • god please dont let it be glee! Dot Marie was fine but we cannot encourage this behaviour of bad storytelling!

    Comment by shir – July 30, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree with you Shir, the writers of Glee don’t deserve awards which is a real shame for the cast that worked so hard

      Comment by Spookyteddy – July 31, 2012 07:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • While Glee isn’t a comedy, Dot-Marie deserves this and I hope she wins. She’s done some wonderful work and it would be a win for all us regular women.

    Comment by mia – July 30, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t watch Two and a Half Men but I did watch the episode and I thought that Kathy Bates was remarkable. She became Charlie Harper in all his essence. And I feel like it takes someone special like Kathy Bates to pull that off. Also Harry’s Law was cancelled and that’s a travesty.

    Comment by Tom – July 30, 2012 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Megan Mullally for “Happy Endings”. Oh, wait… she wasn’t even nominated. Then I don’t know. Dot Marie Jones maybe?

    Comment by Jinjeon – July 31, 2012 06:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Often comedies have dramatic storylines. The award isn’t being given purely for a comedic performance, it is for an actor/actress in a show that has been categorized as a comedy. For some reason it has been decided that Glee falls under the Comdey category. Dot Marie Jones was fantastic in the storyline and deserves the nomination. I would love for her to receive the Emmy. Rag on Ryan Murphy and the writers as much as you want, but there’s no need to take away from Dot Marie Jones’ performance.

    Comment by CAM – July 31, 2012 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! Dot Marie Jones is winning the poll by FAR so obviously I’m not the only one that feels this way. I hope she gets it – her performance in that arc was absolutely superb because you could hate glee all you want, but she took a background character and made the audience feel for that character. Her performance was very moving and I said it right then that she should be nominated for an Emmy for that – I’m glad others feel the same way.

      BTW, to all those above who has said that glee isn’t a comedy, what category would you put it in? Drama? Most certainly not. Reality TV? No. It’s a musical comedy show whether it suits your sense of humor or not. Just because you may not think it’s funny – doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be in the comedy category.

      Comment by songbyrd86 – July 31, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Margaret Cho even here??? She was barely in her episode and was a waste of a nomination! Kathryn Hahn and Mary Steenburgen would’ve been better nominees than her!

    Comment by Matt – August 20, 2012 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maya Rudolph!!!
    I didn’t even like Melissa McCarthy’s episode that much. I thought it was fine, but I wouldn’t give her an emmy for it!!

    Comment by L – August 28, 2012 05:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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