2012 Emmy preview: ‘Mad Man,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ guest actors face off

What guest actor shines the brightest?

In our new edition at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards, we are taking a look at what is yet again at the unpredictable guest acting field. There are so many deserving candidates, and with that the voters almost always forget a few people — and even when they don’t, they often still get the end result wrong.

This year, the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series field is as competitive as ever, and really the only two people we feel are definite locks are the two from “The Good Wife.” Otherwise, it’s pretty much anyone’s game — especially when the legal drama could end up canceling itself out with its multiple nominees.

Without further hesitation, let’s get to our picks!

The deserving nominees

Matthew Perry, “The Good Wife” (CBS) – Who else did not relish seeing the former “Friends” star play someone who was completely evil? To us, Perry single-handedly saved the third season of “The Good Wife,” and may even be the reason why it pulls some nominations in other categories.

Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife” (CBS) – Fox’s Louis Canning is another stellar character, though some of his luster is now lost since we saw him before last year. ┬áThis time around, the former “Family Ties” star may be more likely to win a trophy for his role on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” playing himself than on this show.

Colin Hanks, “Dexter” (Showtime) – Even though season 6 of “Dexter” was subpar compared with some of what we have seen from the show in the past, Hanks handled the guest star slot of the season role well following up John Lithgow and Julia Stiles. Travis Marshall was a character that was hard to wrap your head around, mostly because he didn’t believe what he was doing was wrong — instead, he was insane to the point where he thought that he was really bringing about the end of the world.

Robert Morse, “Mad Men” (AMC) – Really, what we’re mostly shocked about here is that Morse is still able to submit as a guest actor considering that he’s been in more than 50 episodes of this show as Cooper. Nonetheless, the rules are what they are — and like everyone else on Matthew Weiner’s “Mad Men“, Morse is gold.

Henry Ian Cusick, “Fringe” (Fox) – He was only in one episode of the show (“Letters of Transit”), but it was a doozy. Cusick’s Simon may be the character on this list that we are hoping to see again the most in the future — mostly since his role on “Scandal” is now over, and with “Fringe” returning to the future his role could be expanded. Let’s hope so.

Lee Arenberg, “Once Upon a Time” (ABC) – Finally, let’s give some credit to a stellar character actor who never really has really received his due. Arenberg is not the big name of anyone else on this list, but his story with Amy Acker specifically on “Once Upon a Time” was one of the standout episodes of the season. He gave life to a fairy tale character in Grumpy that has been considered one-note for over sixty years. That’s not exactly an easy task.

Think you have a better list than we do? Be sure to leave your thoughts below! Also, don’t leave without checking out the rest of our Emmy picks by visiting this link.

Photo: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences


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