Cherry Jones won't repeat, so will a 'Grey's Anatomy' or 'Mad Men' co-star top the field?
Julie Benz of 'Dexter'
Julie Benz, "Dexter"
Nomination Status: The best chance of the "Dexter" women, if Emmy voters decide this was a big "Dexter" season.
In Her Favor: We prefer Jennifer Carpenter if we're listing "Dexter" supporting actresses, but it was Julie Benz who had the season's big arc and who was central to the gut-wrenching twist in the finale. In addition, she dealt with new motherhood and tentative infidelity. Even viewers who disliked Rita before grew to like her by the end of the season.
Working Against Her: On a serious (and sometimes seriously funny) show, Benz' performance has often seemed a bit frivolous. If not for the finale, we probably wouldn't be considering her here at all.