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Jane Levy of 'Suburgatory'
Jane Levy, "Suburgatory"
Nomination Status: A worthy candidate in every way, but facing too much of an uphill climb.
In Her Favor: Probably the best thing in Jane Levy's favor would be for anybody to actually watch "Suburgatory." Whether or not you think Levy is the funniest part of "Suburgatory" -- I'll accept "Allie Grant" or even, if you're so-inclined, "Chery Hines" or "Carly Chaikin" -- she definitely holds the show together and her ability to make herself look ridiculous is almost without equal. Check out the epic "Dancing alone" climax of "Sweet Sixteen" or her desperate efforts to transform into a hipster in "Poetic Injustice." Or just watch the finale. All of those episodes have problems, but Levy's performance is never a flaw. If I had my own ballot, Levy makes my Top 6.
Working Against Her: For Emmy voters, Levy is too much of an unknown in a category that will be dominated by either known quantities or, possibly, the media supernova that is Lena Dunham. I just can't see Levy sneaking past the former winners, the former nominees and the A-list names likely to attract Emmy attention.