Emmys 2011: TVLine Previews the Lead Drama Actor Race — Including Our 6 Dream Nominees

Since Breaking Bad didn’t air during this year’s Emmy eligibility period, its star — three-time Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series winner Bryan Cranston — isn’t able to vye for a fourth consecutive statuette. In other words, the field is wide open for someone like the oft-nominated Hugh Laurie of House or Jon Hamm of Mad Men, or a sleeper like Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights, or an old favorite like Tom Selleck (now of Blue Bloods), to grab the gold. Who will it be? Let’s take a look at the most likely — and a few less likely — suspects.

More Emmy Races In Review: Lead Drama ActressOutstanding Drama Series | Supporting Comedy Actor | Supporting Comedy Actress | Lead Comedy Actor | Lead Comedy Actress | Outstanding Comedy Series | Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Review this slideshow of the major contenders — including TVLine’s Dream Nominees — then vote below for who you think are the six best. And check back Monday for our preview of the Supporting Drama Actress race!

GET MORE: Awards, Dream Emmy Nominees, Emmys