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Michael Emerson of 'Person of Interest'
Michael Emerson, "Person of Interest"
Nomination Status: Stranger things have happened. Some.
In His Favor: Michael Emerson has two Emmy wins and five Emmy nominations over the years and he finds himself as the most charismatic of the two leads on a breakout new show that's watched by more people than the shows starring the six inevitable nominees put together. With those credentials, you'd think he'd be even higher in this gallery and I'm sure I'm giving him more of a shot at a nomination than any other pseudo-pundit you're likely to find.
Working Against Him: "Person of Interest" isn't that kind of show and Emerson's performance isn't that kind of performance. CBS has high hopes for "PoI" building its audience next season, so maybe the writers will also give Emerson an Emmy arc and magic will happen.