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Ellen Barkin of 'The New Normal'
Ellen Barkin, "The New Normal"
Nomination Status: Showy part, but the show's demise cripples her.
In Her Favor: There was a brief moment in September or October when you might have bet good money on Ellen Barkin snagging an Emmy nod for Ryan Murphy's foray into network sitcoms. The show was doing reasonably well, critics were singling out her performance as notable and other critics were singling out her character as controversial. Barkin seemed destined to be the "New Normal" version of Sue Sylvester. She wasn't exactly unstoppable, but as a former movie star flexing TV muscles as one of those lovable/hatable characters without any sort of filter, she was everything Emmy voters love.
Working Against Her: And then "The New Normal" went from hit to NBC-sized hit to failure to cancelled. Poof. Now, nobody really remembers "The New Normal" existed and when I initially sketched out this gallery, I was going to give Bebe Wood this slide because she was the only part of "New Normal" that ever made me laugh. While I preferred Wood, however, Emmy voters are more likely to salute Barkin. Actually, they're more likely to salute neither.