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Chris Messina, 'The Mindy Project'
Nomination Status: A Supporting contender last year, Messina takes a well-earned step up to be ignored in the Lead category.
In His Favor: The indie film veteran has reliably done whatever "The Mindy Project" has asked of him. So that meant that he spent the first season amiably making fun of himself and smiling politely as each cast member did their Chris Messina (or "Danny Castellano") impression. But in Season 2, "Mindy Project" finally decided to just fulfill its destiny as a romantic comedy and the Danny/Mindy relationship let Messina be a bit of a TV dreamboat, while still winking at his machismo. "The Mindy Project" took big steps forward creatively in its second season and the smarter utilization of Danny Castellano and Messina was a key piece of that.
Working Against Him: The uneven first season probably limited the Emmy fortunes for "The Mindy Project" and despite increased critical enthusiasm audiences haven't exactly been swooning along with Mindy.