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Jane Levy of 'Suburgatory'
Jane Levy, "Suburgatory"
Nomination Status: It's too hard to crash this category, even for an up-and-coming talent on a fine little show.
In Her Favor: The moderate success of the "Evil Dead" remake probably gave Levy a bit of a profile boost, though the failure of her Josh Schwartz-directed Halloween movie did not. Since she hasn't become a full-fledged movie star overnight, Levy will have to rely on the quality of her material/performance on "Suburgatory." Weird, right? Fortunately, she has lots to work with, if Emmy voters will only pay attention. The Thanksgiving episode, which finally reunited Tessa with her mother, and the finale, in which Tessa ran away from home and George was basically unfazed, skewed more towards drama, but Levy nailed both episodes. It's a bit harder to think of comedy-driven Tessa-centric episodes, but I think that if you follow the Tessa-Ryan romance, you'll find many things to laugh at, including Tessa's brief tenure as a close circuit TV star.
Working Against Her: "Suburgatory" is too small and, probably, too erratic a show for Emmy voters to decide they want to ignore something more popular or more hyped.