Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia play adopted son Randall and father Jack Pearson on NBC’s hit family drama “This Is Us,” a show that’s primed for an Emmy breakthrough. If both performers earn Emmy nominations this year in the category of Best Drama Actor, that would make “This Is Us” the seventh drama series in the past 30 years with double bids in the category (see list below), and only the second pair this decade after Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey got in for “True Detective” (2014).
Brown and Ventimiglia have received rave reviews for their “This Is Us” roles, and now four of our 16 Emmy experts from major media outlets predict both will earn Emmy noms: Eric Deggans (NPR), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Matt Roush (TV Guide Magazine) and Glenn Whipp (LA Times). However, while that’s all of the support Ventimiglia has at this early Emmy stage, Brown is actually predicted to win by eight different TV experts.
This would be Brown’s second consecutive Emmy triumph after winning last year for his supporting role as prosecutor Chris Darden on FX’s limited series “The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Brown followed up that victory with nominations from the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, and he also earned a second SAG bid as Best Drama Actor for “This Is Us.”
Ventimiglia has been a TV heartthrob for many years now thanks to his roles in “Heroes,” “Gilmore Girls” and “American Dreams,” even winning the Teen Choice Award for Best TV Actor: Action Adventure for “Heroes” in 2008. He also earned a People’s Choice nominations this year for his heralded “This Is Us” role as Favorite Actor in a New TV Series.
Here are the seven TV dramas that have received double Emmy noms for their leading men over the past three decades:
“L.A. Law” — Corbin Bernsen and Michael Tucker in 1988
“NYPD Blue” — Dennis Franz and David Caruso in 1994; Franz and Jimmy Smits in 1995-1999
“ER” — George Clooney and Anthony Edwards in 1995-1996
“Law & Order” — Jerry Orbach and Sam Waterston in 2000
“The West Wing” — Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen in 2001
“Six Feet Under” — Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause in 2002
“True Detective” — Harrelson and McConaughey in 2014
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