This year EW is here to help with our first-ever For Your Consideration issue. We have curated the bajillion shows and performances (give or take a million) eligible for Emmy nominations to help voters select their top picks. Consider this a sneak peek into the nomination process and an early guide to the awards, which air Sept. 18 on ABC.
Tracee Ellis Ross
Ross has always made us giggle as quirky doc Rainbow, but in the comedy’s second season she also tackled the difficult position of a mother wanting to protect her children yet not leave them naive to the ways of the world in the Black Lives Matter-themed episode “Hope.” And that’s what she (and her character) gave us: hope.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
Whether she was reenacting Disney’s animated classic Aladdin or plucking body hair while whisper-singing her “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” Bloom — unfiltered and unafraid — showed that “crazy” isn’t always a bad word. In fact, it can be quite endearing.
While President Selina Meyer might not know anything about foreign policy — honestly, it’s debatable — one thing’s for sure: She knows how to command a room. (And that includes the bedroom.) With her overflowing potty mouth, Louis-Dreyfus is the best talking head not currently on CNN.
You’re the Worst (FX)
Most sophomore shows hit a low, but You’re the Worst took that adage literally as Cash’s cynical music publicist Gretchen dealt with clinical depression. Cash deftly displayed a deep range of nuance and relatability, proving not all comedies have to be laugh-out-loud romps.
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Becoming an A-list celebrity hasn’t softened any of Schumer’s sharp edges. Her series continued to comedically shock — see the nervy “Gun Show,” spoofing loopholes in gun laws, or her physical fearlessness as she attempted to mount a horse (a.k.a. “a hair dinosaur”).
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Snubbed last year as the sunny cult escapee, Kemper should get her due this season for a surprisingly introspective — not to mention funny — journey to find her mother. Kemper ventured past the shallow water into darker emotional territory, without us ever worry- ing she’d go off the deep end.