We’re less than a week away from official 2016 Emmy nominating season, and that fact fills us with one part unbridled excitement, and one part nameless dread.
With 2015 Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nominees Lisa Kudrow, Amy Poehler and Edie Falco ineligible this time around, there’s a good chance we’ll see some real change in the category. But will the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences give us change we can believe in?
It’s a brutally deep field this year — TVLine’s own hotly contentious email thread on the subject yielded no fewer than two dozen worthy candidates! — which is why we only narrowed our list down to a not-entirely-realistic eight dream nominees. (That said, the Supporting Actress in a Comedy race actually had eight women in the running in 2015, so our hopes for an octet isn’t totally without precedent.)
For the record, 2016 Emmy nominations will be made from June 13-27, and announced July 14. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is slated to air Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.
Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — to see our picks, then tell us if they warrant a “Kween!,” a “Blerrrg!” or a cosmic knuckle sandwich!