It’s a crime that “Better Call Saul” has never won an Emmy Award, particularly when you consider that it has one of the strongest casts working today. Led by Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman and co-starring Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut — roles they originated on “Breaking Bad” — they are the only two cast members to earn Emmy nominations so far, in 2015 and 2016. Might the show’s heralded third season lead to an Emmy breakthrough for the AMC legal drama? On the 2017 Emmy ballot there are seven potential acting contenders for voters to honor this year. How many “Better Call Saul” cast members do YOU think will earn nominations? Vote down in our poll below.
Besides Banks, the other Best Drama Supporting Actor hopefuls are Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring, Patrick Fabian as Howard Hamlin, Michael Mando as Nacho Varga and Michael McKean as Chuck McGill. Of note, Esposito earned an Emmy nom for playing this same role on “Breaking Bad” back in 2012, but he lost to co-star Aaron Paul. And McKean earned a Critics’ Choice nomination last year for the show’s second season, but his role was greatly increased in Season 3 (particularly in the episode “Chicanery“) so we’re hoping Emmy voters were paying attention.
Rhea Seehorn rounds out the Emmy ballot as attorney Kim Wexler in the race for Best Drama Supporting Actress. The timing couldn’t be better for Seehorn, with reigning champ Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) no longer in contention and the often-dominating “Game of Thrones” sitting out this Emmy cycle. Also of importance, it wasn’t until Season 4 of “Breaking Bad” that Anna Gunn finally earned her first bid in this same category — and she’d later win two trophies in 2013 and 2014 — so there’s still plenty of time for Emmy voters to play catch-up with Seehorn.
When Gold Derby recently caught up with co-creator Vince Gilligan on a red carpet, he praised his ensemble, saying, “We have such a wonderful cast.” How many of these folks will actually be honored by the TV academy? Be sure to vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments section.
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