With Coach Taylor gone, will Bryan Cranston return to take his fourth Emmy?
Hugh Laurie of 'House'
Hugh Laurie, "House"
Nomination Status: Six-time nominee should get one last nomination for the final season of "House."
In His Favor: However much "House" faltered in its closing seasons, Hugh Laurie's performance never lessened in quality and it will be a minor black mark on the Emmys if Laurie ends up never winning for this role. [I blame the James Spader years.] The final "House" season was also up-and-down, but between the prison opener, the format-bending "Nobody's Fault" and the hallucination-heavy finale, Laurie will have several good submission episodes to work with.
Working Against Him: Laurie's the gray-hair of the category and the only leading contender coming from a network show. He should still be safe for a nomination, but I think he's less safe than the three men above him, despite the "nostalgia" factor.