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Dana Delany of 'Body of Proof'
Dana Delany, "Body of Proof"
Nomination Status: As a former Emmy winner and the star of network TV's most successful female-fronted show from last season, Delany should be in the mix.
In Her Favor: Without Dana Delany, "Body of Proof" wouldn't even exist. She's so completely responsible for any success that that show has, both creatively and audience-wise, that she deserves at least a cursory salute. Throw in her five career Emmy nods and two wins for "China Beach" and you have the makings of a contender.
Working Against Her: Even with Delany's superlative performance, "Body of Proof" is a pretty flimsy show and this is too tough a category for such flimsiness to be rewarded.