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Emmy Spotlight 2007: Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jun 4, 2007  •  Post A Comment

With many of today’s top drama series featuring large ensembles, sometimes it’s tough to distinguish between leading and supporting actors. Rising to the top of the list among the supporting actors is “The Sopranos'” Michael Imperioli, who played Tony’s nephew, the troubled—and now deceased—Christopher Moltisani.
Other “Sopranos” actors mentioned are Tony Sirico, who played the nearly whacked Paulie; Robert Iler, whose character A.J., Tony’s son, has taken center stage this season; and the always riveting Domenic Chianese, who plays the crazy-like-a-fox Junior. “It’s a great ensemble cast,” said Brad Adgate, senior VP of research at Horizon Media.
ABC’s freshman drama “Brothers and Sisters” has some insiders upbeat about the chances of Dave Annable, who plays Justin Walker, but Emmy voters may not have had enough time to familiarize themselves with the nuances of the show’s ensemble cast, which includes Balthazar Getty, John Pyper-Ferguson, Ron Rifkin, Matthew Rhys and recurring guest star Rob Lowe.
Although HBO’s “Big Love” isn’t a strong contender for a drama series nomination, it does feature supporting actor Harry Dean Stanton as the villainous Roman Grant. The 81-year old Mr. Stanton’s illustrious career is another boost to his solid work in “Big Love.” “Harry Dean Stanton should get a nomination,” said Bill Tush, retired CNN senior entertainment correspondent. “He’s great in everything he does.”
Though Hugh Laurie gets most of the attention for his star turn in “House,” his contentious relationship with Dr. Eric Foreman, played by Omar Epps, gives the latter a good shot at a nomination, our experts said.
Industry experts also have mentioned Robert Knepper as Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell, the “Prison Break” villain we love to hate; T.R. Knight, who plays Dr. George O’Malley in “Grey’s Anatomy,” for which he shared the SAG Award for ensemble in a drama series; and two actors in the “Lost” ensemble: Josh Holloway, who plays Sawyer, and Terry O’Quinn. Mr. O’Quinn was nominated for an Emmy in 2005 as supporting actor in a drama for his performance as John Locke, a character who has grown in importance over the last season.
“We might also see Michael Emerson, who plays Ben on ‘Lost,'” said Jill Rosengard Hill, vice president of Frank N. Magid Associates. “[Emerson] was new blood on the show and brought back some intrigue and suspense.”
At a Glance
Leading Contender
Michael Imperioli, “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Other Likely Nominees
Dave Annable, “Brothers and Sisters” (ABC)
Harry Dean Stanton, “Big Love” (HBO)
Omar Epps, “House” (Fox)
T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC)
Solid Picks
Robert Knepper, “Prison Break” (Fox)
Josh Holloway, “Lost” (ABC)
Terry O’Quinn, “Lost” (ABC)

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