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Merritt Wever of 'Nurse Jackie'
Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"
Nomination Status: Unlikely to crack the field.
In Her Favor: Edie Falco is a lock for a nomination, but Merritt Wever stands toe-to-toe with her Emmy-winning co-star and holds her own. On a show that's often too serious to live up to its "comedy" classification, Wever can reliable get laughs, while also crafting a winning and sympathetic character. To understand how great Wever is on "Nurse Jacke," one need only see how not great the Wever knockoff characters were on "Hawthorne" and "Mercy."
Working Against Her: Falco dominates "Nurse Jackie" so completely that many voters will just classify it as "That Edie Falco Show" and forget anybody else, which does a disservice to Wever, as well as Eve Best and Peter Facinelli.