With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Nathan Fillion of 'Castle'
Nathan Fillion, "Castle"
Nomination Status: This isn't the sort of performance that receives Emmy nominations.
In His Favor: I say the same thing every year: "Castle" is improving as a show and Stana Katic is as improved as any actress on TV. But the reason "Castle" is such a consistent, albeit low-impact, pleasure is totally Fillion. His charm carries the show on a weekly basis and although he's more comfortable with the lighter comedic material, episodes like the finale prove that he isn't a liability on the darker character turns. If mere charisma won Emmys, Fillion still probably wouldn't beat Jon Hamm, but he'd make the Top Six every year.
Working Against Him: Charisma does not win Emmys.