Can anybody break the Jim Parsons/Alec Baldwin logjam in this category?
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Ashton Kutcher of 'Two and a Half Men'
Ashton Kutcher, "Two and a Half Men"
Nomination Status: High profile addition to a successful show replacing an Emmy nominee? Might as well at least consider him.
In His Favor: Critics may be snobby about "Two and a Half Men," but Emmy voters generally haven't been. Charlie Sheen earned four Emmy nods for "Two and a Half Men," so it's at least moderately plausible that his extensively hyped replacement may also be in the general discussion. "Two and a Half Men" was supposed to crumble and die without Sheen, but even if you ignore the inflated ratings for early episodes, the series still remained impressively potent into the spring.
Working Against Him: Kutcher really needed a Golden Globe nomination to semi-legitimize himself as an award contender for what, by rights, doesn't really deserve to be an awards-type performance.