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.
With seven Emmys under her belt, including two for playing recovering addict Bonnie, Janney is sure to get another nod this year for her poignant turn opposite Ellen Burstyn (as her mom!) and Bonnie’s compassionate attempt to comfort daughter Christy (Anna Faris) after a friend died of an overdose.
Getting On (HBO)
As a nurse working in the extended-care unit of the world’s most bureaucratic hospital, Nash was never not exasperated. But whether the scene was heartbreaking or hilarious, she had as many ways of expressing that exasperation as your insurance agency has excuses for not covering you.
You could say uptight Marnie has been slowly unraveling since Girls’ very first season. But she was never more adrift (or relatable) than in season 5, when she nearly ran away with ex Charlie (Christopher Abbott). Her performance in that capsule episode will surely go down as one of the series’ finest.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
The beloved character actress could change her Emmy luck with her bumped-up arc this year. Divorced socialite Jacqueline hit bottom and scratched her way back to the top, and damn if her return toward social elitism wasn’t loaded with Krakowski’s perfectly delivered one-liners.
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
The only thing crazier than this election season? Kate McKinnon’s eyes while playing her delightfully deranged version of Hillary Clinton. No matter what your politics are, there’s no denying that the actress’ outlandish characters and outrageous impressions helped make SNL great again.
Flighty, rudderless Tina could have easily veered into caricature. But in the expert hands of Peet, she bloomed into a terrifically complex woman whose epiphany about her feelings regarding motherhood was both funny and devastating. Too bad the series was canceled before her future was fully conceived.