With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Ray Romano of 'Men of a Certain Age'
Ray Romano, "Men of a Certain Age"
Nomination Status: Failure to get a nomination last year really hurts.
In His Favor: When he was doing his CBS comedy, Ray Romano was an Emmy favorite. Suddenly he's doing a cable dramedy and giving the best performance of his career and the love vanishes? That's not the way this is supposed to work at all. Everybody's supposed to be impressed that after being That Sitcom Guy for so long, Romano is giving a deeply felt, deeply human dramatic performance. Heck, I don't love the show, but even I'm amazed by Romano every time I tune in.
Working Against Him: Wasn't nominated last year. Lots of new competition this year. It'll be a struggle to recover.