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Wendell Pierce of 'Treme'
Wendell Pierce, "Treme"
Nomination Status: Maybe Emmy voters suddenly discovered "Treme" in the past 12 months? Yeah, probably not...
In His Favor: In a cast of equals, Pierce is very close to the male lead in "Treme." Or maybe it only feels that way because Antoine Batiste is such a fully realized character, so fully embodied by the "Wire" veteran. Pierce may have a better chance next year after his bit part in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" makes him an unlikely tween sensation.
Working Against Him: Even if Emmy voters discover "Treme," they couldn't be faulted for splitting their votes between Pierce, Clarke Peters and Steve Zahn.