This year sees a large exodus of series and performances from our TV screens who have yet to win Emmy Awards. Can they finally prevail for their farewell seasons?
The big story on the comedy front is whether Steve Carell can finally prevail for Best Comedy Actor for his final season on “The Office.” He has lost five races in a row. If he fails to win, might we see him return to the show in a guest spot for another chance at Emmy gold?
In 2007 “Friday Night Lights” and its stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton took TV critics by storm. Yet it took Chandler and Britton till 2010 to reap acting bids. And the show has never contended for Best Drama Series. Signing off after five seasons, this is the last chance to score Emmy touchdowns.
“Big Love” earned a drama series bid in 2009 for its third season and Chloe Sevigny won the catch-all supporting actress race at the Golden Globes. However, none of the cast regulars, including lead Bill Paxton, have reaped an Emmy nod. The series wrapped up in the spring after five seasons with a well-received finale.
With HBO also axing “In Treatment” after three seasons, Gabriel Byrne has one last chance to win an Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Paul Weston. He was nominated for the second season, losing to Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”) who is ineligible this year.