The 2012 Emmy nominations were announced last week, and while many familiar Broadway names were recognized for their work on the small screen, just as many Broadway favorites were overlooked. Broadway.com asked readers which snubbed Broadway performer most deserved an Emmy nomination, and three beloved musical leading ladies led the pack. Check out the results below!
1. Kristin Chenoweth (GCB) – 23%
As mean girl Carlene Cockburn, Kristin Chenoweth spent her time balancing revenge on a former high school foe and worshipping the Lord on ABC’s GCB. The starring role on this Texas-set comedy afforded the pint-sized Tony and Emmy winner some of the funniest one-liners, killer costumes and even a handful of showstopping numbers. Though the show was canceled after only one season, Chenoweth’s Carlene Cockburn will not be forgotten anytime soon.
2. Lea Michele (Glee) – 22%
For her starring role of Rachel Berry on Glee, Lea Michele has been nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globes and won a People’s Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award. With all these awards piling up around her, it seemed natural to expect that Michele would be recognized for what might be considered her most challenging season yet: Rachel Berry’s senior year at McKinley High. From college auditions and wedding planning to being elected prom queen and then breaking up, Rachel Berry really went through it this year. Michele is returning for season four, so there’s always next year!
3. Megan Hilty (Smash) – 17%
Megan Hilty stole the show on the new NBC drama as Ivy Lynn, the chorus girl who yearned to take center stage as Marilyn Monroe. In Smash’s rollercoaster freshman year, Ivy Lynn slept with the director, her competition’s boyfriend and managed a suicide attempt, all while proving to audiences that she was the best choice to star in Bombshell. This season, Hilty showed America what Broadway already knew: that she is a true talent and a triple threat.
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