With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Donal Logue of 'Terriers'
Donal Logue, "Terriers"
Nomination Status: This starts a run of actors who gave great performances in one-season wonders and deserves consideration.
In His Favor: Unlike a couple people on this side of the gallery, Donal Logue was a proven commodity, with two decades of quality dramatic and comedic character performances. "Terriers" probably gave Logue the best role of his career and the "Life" and "Tao of Steve" veteran captured what was likable and capable about Hank Dolworth without ever glossing over what was self-destructive about the character. He'll have a hard time topping this one.
Working Against Him: For those in-the-know, "Terriers" was one of the treasures of last fall. Not enough people were in-the-know. Someday, when a DVD set comes out, maybe Emmy voters will regret failing to notice the show and they'll give compensatory Emmy nods to Logue, Michael Raymond-James and Laura Allen.