Two 'Modern Family' frontrunners return, but will older actresses crash the field?
Cheryl Hines of 'Suburgatory'
Cheryl Hines, "Suburgatory"
Nomination Status: Former nominee has a showy supporting role on a popular new show, which makes her a candidate.
In Her Favor: Cheryl Hines has two previous nominations for her work on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," though she hasn't been nominated since 2006. That's a long time. Fortunately, Dallas Royce is exactly the sort of broadly comic character Emmy voters would fall all over themselves to nominate if she were being played by Christine Baranski or Kristin Chenoweth or something. And why not Hines? She started with a character who was one of several suburban caricatures, but as the season progressed, Dallas exhibited a real vulnerability as she faced divorce, a disinterested daughter and Kangaroo Jack. Assuming that voters caught some of those later episodes, Hines should have a real chance.
Working Against Her: All ABC shows that aren't "Modern Family" suffer for not being "Modern Family." Emmy voters haven't noticed "The Middle" or "Cougar Town" and they aren't likely to notice "Suburgatory" or "Happy Endings." An influx of cable comedies will only make things harder.