Emmys

Emmys 2016: Supporting Actress in a Comedy — Our 8 Dream Nominees!

And the 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series will probably go to… Mom‘s Allison Janney.

Still, as brilliant as she is playing Bonnie Plunkett — a role for which Janney’s taken home the statuette two years running — we here at TVLine kinda sorta think it’s more Lead than Supporting, and that it’s kinda sorta confusing it’s not labeled accordingly.

That’s the main reason why we decided to zag where Emmy voters will most likely zig by leaving Janney off our ballot in favor of an octet of actresses who are equally wonderful (and might be more in need of some pre-nominations hype, to be honest).

Oh, and if you’re side-eyeing the fact that we only narrowed our list down to eight, bear in mind that’s the same number of women who got nods in this especially deep category in 2015. Let’s hope the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences goes all in again this year, yes?

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 peruse our choices, then sound off in the comments!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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28 Comments
  1. Dude says:

    YASSS to all of these but especially Yael and Donna Lynne. God every scene they’re in is just gold.

  2. Johanna says:

    Also Anna Chlumsky.

  3. Sarah says:

    Yael is beyond amazing as Petra and *spoiler* Anezka. I would be so happy if she got a nod. Anna Chlumsky as well.

  4. Bryan says:

    Also, the girls from Brooklyn 99 and hannah simone of New Girl. Same with Zosia Mamet from Girls

  5. If I was an Emmy Voter, I would hard a VERY hard time deciding who I’d would vote for from among these ladies. Each actress is absolutely impeccable in her role.

  6. Melanie m says:

    So thrilled to see Rebecca Wisocky of Devious Maids acknowledged. The show itself is vastly underrated and Wisocky as Evelyn Powell is the absolute best of a very talented cast.

  7. ToyCannon says:

    My Picks
    — Allison Janney (Mom)
    — Eden Sher (The Middle)
    — Judith Light (Transparent)
    — Laurie Metcalf (Getting On)
    — Mayim Bialik (TBBT)
    — Niecy Nash (Getting On)

  8. laura says:

    I love Blackish but I really hate Ruby..

  9. N says:

    Eden Sheer Sue on the Middle

    • Charles Kron says:

      We’ve got to assume that Eden Sher is just a lost cause at this point. She has turned in Emmy worthy performances year after year but been ignored. She has created a character universally known, who is both loved and laughed at. She is great at physical comedy, her line delivery timing is flawless and Brad’s coming out to her couldn’t have been played any more perfect, but Emmy isn’t going to notice because she is a young woman in a workhouse show. It says more about the Emmys being irrelevant than it does about the very deserving Sher. End of rant.

  10. Susan says:

    Alison Williams!!! Her work in the episode The Panic in Central Park was brilliant!

  11. Mark says:

    Is this the first year you haven’t made a nod to the big bang theory has its star fallen that much, which isn’t surprising in-comparison to earlier seasons its not as funny any-more.

  12. flowerduh says:

    First, thanks you for acknowledging “You’re the worst ” and “Getting on.” These shows are always under represented.
    Finally, I agree with the both of the nominees that you picked for both shows. Lindsay on you’re the worst is hilarious! I also love her voice too. And it’s time Niecey Nash gets some love for well thought out comedies. (Except Scream Queens. I hate that show)

  13. webly3 says:

    My dream noms are
    Yael Grobglas – Jane the Virgin
    Allison Janney – Mom (she should be in lead actress though)
    Jane Krakowski – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish
    Amanda Peet – Togetherness
    Allison Williams – Girls

  14. jj says:

    Anyone but Janney. Although she’s a great actress. I don’t find it’s fair to all of the fantastic actresses who are in actual supporting roles to compete against someone with lead material.

  15. Spence says:

    Completely agree about Krakowski. Her character on season 2 of Kimmy Schmidt was not only funnier than season 1, but also had incredible depth and development.

  16. matty says:

    The inclusion of Jennifer Lewis and Jane Krakowski makes this one great list!

  17. HAP says:

    My vote is for Kether. She just lights up the room when she enter a scene.

  18. Phil says:

    Kether, Donna Lynne, Yael are all fantastic parts on their respective shows, two of whom are my favorite characters (Rebecca Bunch rules on Crazy Ex!), but thank you, TVLine, for keeping hope alive for actors who aren’t Allison Janney in the wrong category – and way better! Janney hasn’t done anything new in years, character-wise.
    Thought: Should we put Anna Faris in this category? She works so hard, but gets zero recognition.

  19. flutiefan says:

    i don’t watch 2 of these shows, but the others i can’t disagree with!

    though i do hate the Anezka storyline, i understand it’s so very telenovela.

  20. nblackburn01 says:

    Sorry, but unless Mary McDonnell is on this list, it isn’t even one that I can remotely take seriously. This woman has beyond had the performance quality to win numerous emmys. It is why I don’t take these things seriously.

    • Anna says:

      What? From Major Crimes? Why would Mary McDonnell be in the Emmys Comedy Supporting Actress category when she’s the Lead Actress in a Drama show? Your comment makes no sense.