The 2020 Emmy Awards are just around the corner, with this year’s nominations set to be announced on July 28. As awards season continues, Variety?senior editors Danielle Turchiano and Michael Schneider are putting this year’s major contenders under the microscope to examine their chances and declare some personal favorites. In this edition of Variety’s?“Awards Heat” video series presented by Apple TV Plus, Turchiano and Schneider take a look at the comedy lead actress category.

“Fleabag’s” Phoebe Waller-Bridge won the prize last year. With that show having finished its run, the awards race is now wide open once again.

Rachel Brosnahan could be nominated for a third time for Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The actress was able to stretch herself in ways that she hadn’t before in the role this past season. Pamela Adlon also continues to find new angles to her character on FX’s “Better Things.”

Meanwhile, Catherine O’Hara is in the running for the final season of “Schitt’s Creek.” The actress received a nomination for the show’s penultimate season last year. Since this is the final chance to honor O’Hara’s turn, she’s a strong contender.

Also in the running are two actresses on HBO: Merritt Wever in “Run” and Issa Rae in “Insecure.”

Turchiano highlights “Dead to Me” co-stars Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini as her favorites this year. Only Applegate received a nomination last year, but both actresses could wind up in the category for the show’s second season. Meanwhile, Schneider chooses “Superstore’s” America Ferrera as his favorite, saying the actress’ recent departure from the series makes this a prime opportunity to honor her.

Variety’s “Awards Heat” presented by Apple TV Plus takes a look at the Emmy competition, as Schneider and Turchiano break down eligible contenders in each category leading up to the Emmys.

The TV Academy recently announced that the comedy and drama categories will be extended to eight nominees this year instead of the usual seven. The 72nd annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on Sept. 20.