Emmys 2016: Lead Actor in a Drama Series — Our 7 Dream Nominees!

Emmys Drama Actor

With Mad Men and The Newsroom both off the air, there’ll be at least two new slots available in the 2016 Emmy race for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.

And not to be too presumptuous, but we’ve got a few ideas the good voters of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences might consider that would have TV fans crying out “Cool!” “Fresh!” and “Funky!” (Those are still acceptable exclamations among the hip and relevant nowadays, right?)

For the record, 2016 Emmy nominations will be made from June 13-27, and announced July 14. The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is slated to air Sunday, Sept. 18 on ABC.

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — to see our fresh-blood ideas, then tell us if our picks warrant a “Woot!,” a “Whaaaat?” or a crisp slap of rebuke!