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Lucas Neff of 'Raising Hope'
Lucas Neff, "Raising Hope"
Nomination Status: It's theoretically possible that Emmy voters could really like "Raising Hope."
In His Favor: "Raising Hope" was one of last season's most critically acclaimed new shows (no, that's not saying much) and Garret Dillahunt, Martha Plimpton and [sigh] Cloris Leachman will all be contenders for Emmy consideration as well. Neff should be as well. He spent much of the season working a sorta goofy Everyman charm, but when he actually got to stretch and go wacky -- check him out in the appropriately titled "Don't Vote for this Episode" -- he was rather inspired. Expect more wackiness to ensue in Season 2.
Working Against Him: I fear that the "Raising Hope" babies have a better chance of getting a nomination than Neff does. That's not a knock on Neff. Those babies are hilarious.