With three-time winner Bryan Cranston out, the field is wide open
Hugh Laurie of 'House'
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Nomination Status: Not quite as sure a thing as the first two, but very close.
In His Favor: Despite five nominations for his work in "House," Laurie has yet to win an Emmy. If last year wasn't going to be Michael C. Hall's year, Laurie seemed to have the win in the bag with the two-hour "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" episode to submit. It didn't work out that way. Only the most dedicated of "House" fans would tell you that the series hasn't slipped astoundingly in the past two seasons, but that has been the fault of poor and recycled storytelling, rather than any drop in the quality of Laurie's performance. Depending how which he thinks is a better showcase, Laurie will either be able to point to one of the early-season episodes as House fought his baser nature to try to be a good boyfriend, or the end-of-season episodes where he re-doffed his self-destructive hat.
Working Against Him: If voters have turned on the series, Laurie may have be dismissed as well. It's highly unlikely.