Eric Stonestreet leads a category in which all six 2010 nominees return
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Neil Patrick Harris of 'How I Met Your Mother'
Neil Patrick Harris, "How I Met Your Mother"
Nomination Status: Four straight nominations. He's an institution.
In His Favor: Emmy complacency, nostalgia for past excellent performances in this role, general (well-deserved) love for NPH in the industry and a couple hammy episodes involving John Lithgow as Barney's dad. NPH probably should have won one or two Emmys in this category previously and one can imagine voters keeping him around until eventually things click, like Jon Cryer two years ago.
Working Against Him: Not to be too cold about it, but Harris just doesn't deserve a nomination this year, not for "How I Met Your Mother" as it currently stands. He's been deserving in the past. He was deserving of his win for the 2009 Tonys and he'll be deserving when he wins *next* year for hosting the 2011 Tonys. But with "HIMYM" in a creative crater, Barney and NPH have both suffered. As I'll note later in this gallery, NPH isn't even the most deserving potential nominee in this category from his struggling show.