With just a few hours left before the first round of ballots are due for the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards, more than a few voting members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are likely considering some new blood for this year's nominations. Plenty of holes left by previously nominated actors and series that are no longer eligible mean this year's Emmys could see stars from new series and previously unrecognized veterans sneak in.
Sutton Foster, Bunheads
Foster is a force in the theater world, and on ABC Family's under-the-radar ballet dramedy Bunheads, she's no different. As former Las Vegas showgirl-turned-ballet teacher Michelle, the two-time Tony winner perfectly inhabits the neuroses of Amy Sherman-Palladino's offbeat series -- still awaiting renewal news.
Tony Hale, Veep
Though a case could be made for Hale to score a nom for either Veep or Arrested Development, his second season playing Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy was a breakout. Nobody else in the ensemble plays off of Julia Louis-Dreyfus quite as well, and the hilarious glimpses into his personal life only beefed up the case for a nomination.
Jake Johnson, New Girl
The Fox comedy has done a good job of highlighting all members of its ensemble -- and after the freshman season's Emmy love for Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield, the sophomore run belongs to Jake Johnson. Tackling physical comedy, family struggles, romance and heartbreaking self-doubt, all while eliciting some of the series biggest laughs, Johnson is a heavyweight that deserves recognition.
Jonny Lee Miller, Elementary
Playing an iconic character like Sherlock Holmes has its pressures, but Miller portrays the pseudo-investigator with a sharp eye. To prepare for the CBS drama, which moves from period England to modern-day New York City, Miller -- who has yet to receive Emmy recognition -- went back the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original texts in developing his multi-layered Sherlock. One of the most dramatic arcs of the freshman season: Sherlock's discovery of the Moriarty/Irene Adler twist.
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Potter returns to the list for the second year after a season that started with the actress' real-life cancer scare helping to inspire Kristina Braverman's emotional journey on the NBC drama. Potter, it turns out, was on to something as showrunner Jason Katims had just broken that same story for the character who also had to balance explaining cancer to her son with Aspberger's, a new baby and a revealing her diagnosis to a daughter settling into college life across the country. Never has she been more deserving to be recognized for her supporting turn than this season -- which ranked an 11 on the Kleenex scale.
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