Potentially surprising factoid: During The Big Bang Theory‘s record-setting 12-year run on CBS, Kaley Cuoco received a total of zero Emmy nominations for her starring role as Penny.
We suspect the Academy is about to make up for lost time.
The actress’ first post-Big Bang project, The Flight Attendant, has been a breakout hit for HBO Max. It’s also been an awards magnet, with the comedy caper’s first season scoring multiple Golden Globe and SAG nods. The kudos momentum is expected to continue in July when Emmy nominations are announced. And, yes, one of those nods will, without question, be for Cuoco’s very worthy titular performance.
Scroll through the list below to review all seven of our Dream Nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (remember, these aren’t predictions; they’re wish lists) and then tell us if our picks warrant a “Hell, yes!,” “Um, no” or “How could you leave off so-and-so?!”
For the record, 2021 Emmy nominations will be voted on from June 17-28, and unveiled on July 13. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Sept. 19 on CBS.
Scroll down for links to our previous Dream Emmy categories:
Outstanding Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Our 8 Dream Nominees
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series — Our 8 Dream Nominees
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees
Outstanding Comedy Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees