Michael J. Fox has proven to be an Emmy favorite throughout his three-decade television career, winning five awards from 17 nominations. However, he has been defeated in all three of his previous Best Drama Guest Actor bids for his recurring role as attorney Louis Canning on “The Good Wife.” Will he break that losing streak at Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys?
A victory would move Fox into third place in Emmy history for performance wins, tying him with Art Carney, Tim Conway, Tyne Daly, Allison Janney, and Carl Reiner. Edward Asner and Mary Tyler Moore are in second place with seven wins apiece while the all-time leader is Cloris Leachman with eight prime-time acting trophies.
Fox’s first three Emmys were as Best Comedy Actor for “Family Ties” (1986, 1987, 1988). He won that race again for his final season of “Spin City” (1999). His fifth win was in this guest category in 2009 for a role on “Rescue Me.”
Fox entered “Red Zone,” the third of six appearances this season. Louis arrives late to the courtroom in his wheelchair due to his kidney failure. He’s representing a university that dismissed rape charges haphazardly and his sparring partner is once again Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). Louis appears to be winning the case, until Alicia decides to turn the tables and present a class action lawsuit against the college on behalf of its dozens of rape victims.
Fox is in second place in our exclusive Gold Derby odds at 7/2 behind Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex“) at 5/6. This would mark Bridges’ first Emmy for a regular series. All three of his wins were for telefilms: “Without Warning: The James Brady Story” (actor, 1992); “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (supporting actor, 1993); and “The Second Civil War” (supporting actor, 1997).
Alan Alda (“The Blacklist“) sits in third place with odds of 13/2 for his one-time appearance in “The Decembrist (No. 12)” as intelligence director Alan Fitch. Of his astounding 34 Emmy nominations over the years, only one was in this category: a 2000 bid for an arc on “ER”; he lost to James Whitmore (“The Practice”). He has six Emmy wins across five other categories.
Reg E. Cathey, who also contended in this category last year for playing groundskeeper Freddy Hayes on “House of Cards,” is at 25/1 for his entry, “Chapter 34,” which marked the second of three appearances this season.
Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (“Amadeus”) reaped his first Emmy bid for his recurring role on “Homeland” as black operations director Dar Adal and has odds of 33/1 to win for his submission, “Long Time Coming,” which marked his fourth and final appearance this season.
And rookie nominee Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black“) is at 50/1 for his recurring role of corrections officer George “Pornstache” Mendez; he entered “40 Oz. of Furlough,” the second of three appearances.
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