Britney Spears and Mary-Kate Olsen snubbed by Emmy, but — oops — Sarah Silverman did it again!
Good thing Britney Spears gets to spend more time with her boys these days because she won't be spending any time with TV's Golden Girl soon. Despite the fact that her appearance in the "Ten Sessions" episode of "How I Met Your Mother" was submitted for Emmy consideration, she's not on the Top 11 list of semifinalists for best guest actress in a comedy series.
Too bad. Britney Spears actually earned a few decent reviews for her performance as a receptionist in a doctor's office, including the New York Daily News, which said — with no intent of snarkiness: "Spears proved she can act every bit as well as she can sing." TV Guide critic Matt Roush said Britney was "harmless and (dare I say) kind of cute" in the role, but "Scrubs" star Sarah Chalke — who portrayed Britney's boss — "walked away with the episode." However, Chalke failed to make this Emmy Top 10 list too.
Also missing from the lineup: Mary-Kate Olsen, who played a pot-pushing Bible-thumper on "Weeds." Apparently, Emmy has no taste for pop tarts this season. Good thing Lindsay Lohan decided not to bother entering her name for her guest turn on "Ugly Betty."
Sarah Silverman — who made a surprise appearance on the Top 10 list for lead comedy actress for "The Sarah Silverman Program" — appears here as well! She's hailed for her guest spot on "Monk" as a psycho fan of a fictional TV detective. It's an ironic role meant to mirror the obsessive-compulsive nature of Tony Shalhoub's character.
Last year's winner in this category Elaine Stritch is back for her outrageous portrayal of Alec Baldwin's cranky mom on "30 Rock." She appears on this list opposite costar Edie Falco, the three-time Emmy winning star of "The Sopranos" who proved so deft on "30 Rock" that Showtime signed her up for her own series, according to TV Squad. (READ MORE)
Another past Emmy darling, Polly Bergen, is on this list, being honored for doing a good job as Lynette's bad mom on "Desperate Housewives." She won an Emmy in 1957 for portraying the title role in "The Helen Morgan Story" on "Playhouse 90." Bergen also produced the critically acclaimed drama about the Hollywood star's battles with liquor and love. It was nominated for best program of the year, but lost to Rod Serling's "Playhouse 90" drama "The Comedian"
Usually these lists have 10 semifinalists, but the rundown extends to 11 when the vote is narrow between the bottom two vote-getters.
TOP 11 SEMIFINALISTS: GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Polly Bergen, "Desperate Housewives" ("Distant Past")
Edie Falco, "30 Rock" ("Episode 210")
Vivica A. Fox, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ("The Rat Dog")
Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" ("Welcome to Kanagawa")
Annie Potts, "Ugly Betty" ("Zero Worship")
Carrie Fisher, "30 Rock" ("Rosemary's Baby")
Shirley Knight, "Desperate Housewives" ("If There's Anything I Can't Stand")
Jane Lynch, "Two and a Half Men" ("Rough Night in Hump Junction")
Amy Ryan, "The Office" ("Goodbye Toby")
Sarah Silverman, "Monk" ("Mr. Monk and His Biggest Fan")
Elaine Stritch, "30 Rock" ("LudaChristmas")
(Photos: CBS, USA)