2012 Emmy preview: Can ‘Glee’s’ Dot-Marie Jones take Guest Actress crown?

Who is the favorite this time?

For the second day in a row, we are looking at guest stars in our 2012 Emmy preview series — though this time, the focus is front and center on the contenders in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category.

This year, there does seem to be a few ladies who have a great chance at taking home the trophy — though as we said for the guest actors, this is in some ways in the most unpredictable field out there. There are so many strong candidates, and it could really come down to personal taste which is why we’re not even trying to predict who are the likely nominees here — there’s no really way to gauge it.)

The deserving nominees

Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” (NBC) – Many oddsmakers have her pegged as a favorite, and we understand it. “Bridesmaids” turned McCarthy into a critical darling, and her episode of “SNL” was among the best of the whole season. However, there is one problem that does face her, and we’re about to get to it.

Maya Rudolph, “Saturday Night Live” – To us, it really doesn’t seem fair to nominate Melissa and not Maya, who was equally excellent in her hosting gig despite not getting the same sort of advance promotion for it. While these ladies are both deserving (not to mention hilarious), isn’t there a chance that they could cancel each other out? If we were in their shoes, this would be our primary concern.

Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee” (Fox) – Who doesn’t love Coach Beiste? “Glee’s” best actress this past season was not someone who was in every episode, but completely took advantage of every moment she was around. The way in which Jones handled the heartbreaking abuse scandal was a shining moment in the later part of the season, especially a landmark scene where both she and Mark Salling’s Puck were trying to figure out their own self-worth.

She was a deserving winner last year after getting a nomination — and now, she’s sitting in the same exact spot.

Sherri Shepherd, “30 Rock” (NBC) – Whenever there is a “Queen of Jordan” episode of “30 Rock,” you can automatically write it down as must-see TV. Sherri’s over-the-top portrayal of Angie gets better pretty much every time we see it — and seriously, we could never see it enough.

Susan Sarandon, “The Big C” (Showtime) – As a series, we still find the overall tone of “The Big C” to be rather jarring for the comedy series category — but it is hard to ignore Sarandon’s talent along with what how she managed to elevate the Laura Linney series to an even higher level this past season.

Judy Greer, “Two and a Half Men” (CBS) – This is the only Emmy love we have given to “Two and a Half Men” all year, and it is simply because it’s not fair to punish Greer for her show being unbearable to watch at times. She brought such a dignified air to the show as Walden’s ex Bridget, and our only complaint is that we didn’t see more of her as the season went on.

Who are you rooting for among these ladies to win — or are you pulling for someone else entirely? Be sure to vote in our poll below, and keep checking back — we’ll be wrapping up our preview feature later this week!

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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