Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish” Ellie Kemper, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Allison Janney, “Mom” Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Prime contenders: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”; Sarah Jessica Parker, “Divorce”; Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”; Tracey Ullman, “Tracey Ullman’s Show”; Lena Dunham, “Girls” Analysis: Janney, owner of seven Emmys, has decided to move up a class, going from supporting to lead for “Mom.” She did the same thing when she played C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing,” winning two Emmys for lead after already having taken two for supporting. You know who else has seven Emmys? Louis-Dreyfus. Parker has one for acting too, which could give her or another name brand, Fonda, an edge here over such newcomers as Waller-Bridge or Rae. But the latter two women, creators and stars of funny shows pulsating with life and appealing to younger audiences, both deserve nominations. It’s not that big a stretch to think that they might receive them.
ALLISON JANNEY can hope for a nod as lead comedy actress for “Mom.”