Brunson prevailed over fellow nominees Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant) Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday and Jean Smart (Hacks).
Brunson is the first broadcast network star to prevail in the category since Tracee Ellis Ross won in 2016 for ABC’s’ black-ish.
“Disney, 20th Century, Warner Bros, thank you… for believing in this show about a group of teachers from Philadelphia,” Brunson said in accepting her trophy. “It has resonated with the world in a way that I couldn’t even imagine it would have. But let’s be real, I did imagine it so I sold it to you; thank you for believing in it.”
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) January 11, 2023