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January Jones of 'Mad Men'
January Jones, "Mad Men"
Nomination Status: Former nominee has had better showcases this year.
In Her Favor: January Jones was an Emmy nominee as Lead Actress back in 2010, but dropped to Supporting last year and didn't make the cut. But what if voters were merely prejudiced against Fat Betty and were waiting for a better showcase episode like "The Better Half," in which a newly svelte Betty was able to remind viewers of both her powers of manipulation, but also her ability to understand Don? Jones didn't have an episode this good last year and even the two-hour premiere gave Betty a lot to do. When the material is right, I think Jones is always a deserving Emmy candidate and she would definitely make my Top 10 this year. The question is how many Top 6s she'll make.
Working Against Her: As always, Betty and January Jones are both polarizing figures. Some haters -- Yeah, I'm looking at you, Sepinwall -- were briefly swayed by "The Better Half," but is one good comeback episode enough for an Emmy comeback? "Probably not," would be my guess.