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Wendi McLendon-Covey, 'The Goldbergs'
Nomination Status: Time to ride that MoBLEND[ed]um to an Emmy nomination. No? OK. Fine.
In Her Favor: The last "Bridesmaids" co-star to get their own TV show won an Emmy for it. Of course, Melissa McCarthy got an Oscar nomination for "Bridesmaids." But that was after she won her "Mike & Molly" Emmy, though she won the Emmy after "Bridesmaids" became a smash summer hit. So... Chronology! And Wendi McLendon-Covey will be going for her Emmy nod after "Blended," which wasn't her fault, was a summer dud. So... This is all meaningless. All that matters is that some people like "The Goldbergs" and McLendon-Covey is reliably amusing and, thanks to Jeff Garlin she seems like she's underplaying. She's not underplaying. But she's sometimes funny.
Working Against Her: I honestly wonder if she would have had a better shot in the Supporting field. Yes, she'd be competing with all of the "Modern Family" women there, but that's a better comparison than against a Lena Dunham or an Edie Falco or an Emmy Rossum here. The "Goldbergs" role is crucial to the show, but I'm trying to remember if Beverly had a single storyline that wasn't contingent on one of her kids or her husband. In true "Supporting Actress" style, it's a part supports the other roles, but rarely stands alone.