How many of ‘The Good Wife’ cast will score Emmy bids?

Last year, CBS’s sexy legal drama “The Good Wife” was one of only two broadcast network shows to be nominated for the top Emmy (the other was ABC’s “Lost” for its final season). With an even stronger second season,”The Good WIfe” is sure to be in the Best Drama Series race again this year. But how many of its performers will earn bids in the lead and supporting races?

Expect the three ladies who were in the running last year to return. Julianna Margulies (1995 Supporting Drama Actress, “ER”) won a slew of awards for playing the title role but was bested at the Emmys by Kyra Sedgwick who finally won for “The Closer” on her fifth consecutive bid.

Reigning Supporting Drama Actress Archie Panjabi will surely defend her crown. She recently featured prominently in an episode as her character took the stand in a grand jury trial. Last year, the relatively-unknown actress shocked the pundits when she picked up her first Emmy. Her work on the show is so subtle, and voters usually tend to recognize dramatic, over-the-top performances.

Even though Christine Baranski (1995 Supporting Comedy Actress, “Cybill”) lost to Panjabi last year, don’t count her out this time round. Many pundits thought Baranski would prevail last year based on name recognition alone; now, she could well prevail based on the material.

With so much girl power, do any of the men have a shot at a nomination? While there is no lead actor on “The Good Wife,” there are a few contenders in the Supporting Drama Actor race. And with only two of last year’s six nominees  eligible (Andre Braugher for “Men of a Certain Age” and John Slattery for “Mad Men”), that category is wide-open.

Earlier this year, the Golden Globes nominated Chris Noth in the catch-all TV supporting actor category, which lumps together actors from dramas, comedies, and TV movies. While he lost to Chris Colfer (“Glee”), Noth’s increased role this season could make him a frontrunner for a nomination.

The dark horse in the race is Alan Cumming, who earned a Guest Drama Actor nod last year for the same role. His character was so beloved during the first season that he was promoted to a full-fledged series regular this year. Cumming has an awards pedigres winning the Best Musical Actor Tony for the acclaimed 1998 revival of “Cabaret.”

And Josh Charles and Matt Czuchry could earn their first career nominations, especially if the Emmys choose to show their love for this red-hot network series.

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