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Mary-Louise Parker of 'Weeds'
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Nomination Status: Last call for this former Emmy favorite.
In Her Favor: Between 2007 and 2009, Mary-Louise Parker was an Emmy favorite, with a trio of nominations. If Emmy voters didn't quit watching "Weeds," they saw another very good season for Parker and another polarizing season for the show. Parker began with Nancy in the hospital trying to work her way back from the attempted assassination that ended the previous season. Physical incapacitation seems Emmy friendly. And then, after a season of Nancy attempting to change her ways and inevitably backsliding, "Weeds" ended with a strange flash-forward episodes that also probably was Emmy friendly. I should be ashamed for not giving Alexander Gould a Supporting Actor slide for Shane's finale mustache alone.
Working Against Her: Emmy nostalgia can be a powerful thing, but it can also be completely meaningless. I think that there's a far better chance that Emmy voters will be nostalgic about "30 Rock" and "The Office" than that they'll even remember that "Weeds" was on this season.