With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Simon Baker of 'The Mentalist'
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Nomination Status: The last of the nearly-interchangable contenders for that last nomination slot.
In His Favor: Baker picked up an Emmy nomination back in 2009 when "The Mentalist" was shiny and new, but fell out of the race last year. But with two openings in the category and "The Mentalist" retaining its position as one of TV's most popular dramas and with a finale that many folks raved about, it's possible to imagine Baker making a return to the Emmy field.
Working Against Him: Dropping out last year wasn't a good sign. Emmy voters either keep nominating you forever or stop nominating you forever. The competition is tough.