Archie Panjabi returns, but who will join her in the field?
Mae Whitman of 'Parenthood'
Mae Whitman, "Parenthood"
Nomination Status: Emmy voters totally failed to notice "Parenthood" last year. If they pay more attention this year, here would be a good place to look.
In Her Favor: With "Friday Night Lights" departing, Whitman is ready to take Teegarden's crown as Most Realistic TV Teen and some would say it's a crown she already owns. There were clunky turns to the downward spiral that Whitman's Amber took last season, but they were writing gaffes and not weaknesses from this "Arrested Development" veteran. But Whitman and co-star Lauren Graham (submitted in Lead Actress) were good enough in the season's last couple episodes that they ought to be in any merit-based Emmy conversation.
Working Against Her: This is a cable-dominated category and a veteran-dominated category. As a network actress with a still-developing reputation, Whitman's disadvantage is probably too great.