Emmy nominations are supposed to be announced this week, and I've put together a list of a few people I hope get consideration.
These aren't actors I necessarily want to win, but I think they deserve to be in the hunt.
I've put together a list of actors and actresses who have either been overlooked in the past by the Academy, or are fairly new. I've avoided actors who either traditionally get nominated (such as two-time winner Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad"), or actors in new roles who are strong candidates to be nominated anyway (e.g. "Glee's" Jane Lynch).
BEST ACTOR: Matthew Fox, "Lost": Hard to believe Fox has never been nominated, and certainly the final season of the show was very Jack-centric. It'd be nice to see him get a nomination in his final year in the role.
Other candidates include Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights," Denis Leary of "Rescue Me," and Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam, both of "Sons of Anarchy."
BEST ACTRESS: Katey Sagal, "Sons of Anarchy": Sagal was one of the biggest omissions last year, and I hope the Academy makes it up to her this year. On a show built around male characters, Sagal's matriarch Gemma has been the show's strongest character.
Other candidates include the oft-overlooked Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights." (No need to include "The Good Wife's" Julianna Margulies, another shoo-in for a nomination.)
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Zach Gilford, "Friday Night Lights": Gilford has been the best of the teen actors on the show since its inception, and his heartbreaking performance this season is his finest work.
Other candidates: John Scurti, "Rescue Me;" Josh Charles, "The Good Wife;" Misha Collins, "Supernatural" (yes, I know the longest of all shots); and the scene-stealing Bob Odenkirk, "Breaking Bad."
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lisa Edelstein, "House": Edelstein has a tough assignment, matching wits with Hugh Laurie on a weekly basis, but she has done a good job every year the show has been on. This year, she's taken it to another level.
Other candidates: Yunjin Kim, "Lost;" Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife;" Maggie Siff, "Sons of Anarchy;" and of course, the lovely and talented Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men."
BEST ACTOR: Zachary Levi, "Chuck": One hour shows often get the short shrift in the comedy category, those less so these days. Levi not only has the acting chops to earn a nomination, but also showed a great physical touch which few actors are required to do.
Other candidates: Josh Radnor, "How I Met Your Mother;" Joel McHale, "Community."
BEST ACTRESS: Courtney Cox, "Cougar Town": It's hard to imagine that Cox will be overlooked come nomination time, but it never hurts to remind the voters anyway. TV-wise, Cox made the most successful transition of all the "Friends" cast.
Other candidates: Amy Pohler, "Parks & Recreation;" Jane Addams, "Hung."
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ian Gomez, "Cougar Town": Of the four male regulars on the show, Gomez's goofy husband of Christa Miller stands out the most, given his great interaction with Miller and his man-crush on Brian Van Holt's Bobby.
Other candidates: Any of the male actors on "Modern Family," at least two of whom I expect to get nominations; Aziz Ansari, "Parks & Recreation."
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Ellie Kemper, "The Office": It's hard not to be won over by Kemper's winsome charm as Erin, the object of Andy's crush. Their would-be romance was the best storyline of the show this season.
Other candidates: Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family;" Susie Essman, "Curb Your Enthusiasm;" Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie."
Who are some your picks to get an Emmy nomination?
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: I have to say, "Persons Unknown" (NBC, 10 p.m.) was a bit of a letdown last week, if only because everything was so telegraphed. Still, I'll give it another chance, mostly because it's summer and it's created by Chris McQuarrie. But I expect more for my loyalty.
Fox has new episodes of "Lie To Me" and "The Good Guys" from 8-10 p.m., while ABC has two hours of "The Bachelorette," followed by "True Beauty" at 10 p.m.
On cable, there's a new "Secret Life of an American Teenager" (ABC Family, 8 p.m.), while the series "Saving Grace" bows out with its final two episodes from 9-11 p.m. on TNT.