Kaley Cuoco was a familiar face on network television for well over a decade thanks to her popular role as Penny on The Big Bang Theory, but the Big Bang leading lady somehow never received an Emmy nomination during her 12 years on the show. Now, thanks to The Flight Attendant on HBO Max, Cuoco received her first-ever Emmy nomination, and her gleeful reaction is a delight to behold.
In video posted to Instagram, Kaley Cuoco revealed that she found out about her Emmy nomination the same way that a lot of people did: by watching the announcements streaming on her laptop. The video shows her reaction to both her own nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy and The Flight Attendant's nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Take a look:
Whether or not you're a diehard fan of The Flight Attendant or even The Big Bang Theory, can we all agree that Kaley Cuoco's reaction to her Emmy nomination is absolutely wonderful to watch? So many of her fellow Big Bang stars received Emmy nominations over the years of the CBS sitcom, but never her. Apparently, she just needed a dark and edgy comedy on a streaming service that meant doing a whole lot that couldn't be done on CBS. And maybe she'll have better luck at the Emmys than the Golden Globes!
Of course, it wouldn't be the Emmys if the categories weren't stacked with talent, and Kaley Cuoco is up against some stiff competition for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Also nominated are SNL fan-favorite Aidy Bryant for Shrill, Allison Janney for the final season of Mom on Cuoco's former network, Tracee Ellis Ross for black-ish, and Jean Smart for Hacks. As for Outstanding Comedy Series, The Flight Attendant will have to beat black-ish, Cobra Kai, Emily in Paris, Hacks, The Kominsky Method, Pen15, and Ted Lasso.
The Flight Attendant actually received a grand total of nine nominations, although Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress are definitely the biggest. The show was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for Rosie Perez, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Steve Yockey, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for Susanna Fogel, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music.
The Emmys themselves are still months off, scheduled to air on Sunday, September 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, so The Flight Attendant fans will have to wait and see if Kaley Cuoco has still more to celebrate. Whether or not the show sweeps the Emmys, there is still good news, as the show was already renewed for a second season. In the meantime, you can always watch and rewatch Season 1 streaming on HBO Max, and check out our 2021 summer TV premiere schedule for some more options.
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