The 2015 Emmy Awards are just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited to celebrate the best achievements on television over the past year.  We're breaking down this year's nominated actors and shows, to help you prepare for the big day.  Up next... Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

...and the nominees are:


… as “Amy Farrah Fowler" in The Big Bang Theory

(CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television)

Mayim Bialik has come a long way since her days on Blossom.  Now, as “Amy Farrah Fowler” on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Bialik takes her real-life knowledge as a neurobiologist and applies it to her character creating a funny, intelligent, opinionated albeit awkward character that has brought a new energy to the long-running show.  This is the fourth Emmy nomination for Bialik.


… as “Claire Dunphy” in Modern Family

(ABC • Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television)

Julie Bowen has brilliantly played the role of high-strung, type-A, mother of three “Claire Dunphy” on Modern Family for the last seven years.  In that time we’ve seen her character go from stay-at-home mom to city council candidate, to working for her father. Each transition has brought a new level to the character, and Bowen’s portrayal has never failed to disappoint. Bowen has received six Emmy nominations.


…as “Amy Brookheimer” in Veep

(HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions)

Anna Chlumsky plays the tightly wound former chief-of-staff to President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy Veep.  Chlumsky’s on edge portrayal of “Amy” is sheer perfection, and her blow-up this season was one of the most talked about moments in television.  This is Anna’s third Emmy nomination.


… as “Ali Pfefferman” in Transparent

(Amazon Instant Video • Amazon Studios)

Child star turned in-demand actress Gaby Hoffman plays “Ali Pfefferman,” daughter of a sixty (plus) -year old man who decides to come out and tell his family about his decision to transition into a woman, in the Amazon show Transparent. Ali, an unapologetic, somewhat lost, but still incredibly strong woman, doesn’t handle the news very well, and Hoffman manages to incorporate anger, softness, truthfulness, and comedy in her portrayal.  This is the second Emmy nomination for Hoffman.


… as “Bonnie” in Mom

(CBS • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television)

As “Bonnie” on the CBS comedy Mom, Allison Janney plays a mother (and grandmother) doing the best she can – or as much as she feels like -  with what she’s got.  As a self-centered, recovering alcoholic, Bonnie is the unlikely matriarch of the family, imparting her special blend of wisdom.  Janney brings big comedic chops and personality to the role, which has already earned her one Emmy win.  This is Janney’s tenth Emmy nomination, she is also nominated this year for a guest-starring role on Masters of Sex.


…as “Jacqueline Voorhees” in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Netflix • Universal Television, Little Stranger Inc., 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears for Netflix)

Jane Krakowski teams up with pal Tina Fey once again as wealthy train-wreck “Jacqueline Voorhees,” on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. With her over-the-top mannerisms, and perfected over-dramatics, Krakowski shines in the role that is rumored to have been written with her in mind.  This is the fifth Emmy nomination for Krakowski.


… as Various characters in Saturday Night Live

(NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video)

Kate McKinnon goes from hilarious character to hilarious character on Saturday Night Live.  With her impersonations of Hilary Clinton and Justin Bieber, and her unique ability to develop new and different character, McKinnon keeps audiences laughing every Saturday night. This is McKinnon’s third Emmy nomination.


… as “Denise ‘Didi’ Ortley” in Getting On

(HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Anima Sola Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions)

Niecy Nash has created a dynamic new take on the role of “Denise ‘Didi’ Ortley” on the HBO comedy Getting OnOriginally written for a sixty-year-old white woman, Nash captivated producers during her audition and has continued to do the same with audience with her depiction of “every woman” Didi.  A definite departure from what we’ve become accustom to on screen, Nash’s “Didi” has depth, cleverness, and comedy at the heart.  This is Nash’s first Emmy nomination.



Mayim Bialik is hilarious on The Big Theory.  The show is already a favorite of both audiences and critics, and this is Mayim's fourth nomination.  We're calling the brain scientist for the win.


This is a really tough category because there really are no obvious standouts - they all gave pretty fabulous performances on their respective shows this last season (hence the nominations).  That said, I think Anna Chlumsky could be the shock of the night, and take home the award.  Her performance this season was stellar, and as previously stated, that blow up scene - as well as the tense moments leading up to it - were perfection.

What do you think?  Leave your guesses in the comments below, and be sure to tune into the 67th Emmy Awards Sunday, September 20 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Fox.