Yeah, yeah, we know. The two-time Emmy winner has already been nominated more times than he's been photographed by the paps. But he still deserves to be recognized for the comedy's stellar final season, in which he further evolved Jack from cartoonish blowhard to true-blue friend.
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Lead Actor)
This Showtime series has yet to attain greatness — or the kind of buzz that tends to generate Emmy noms — but its star continues to turn in performances that are (no, ahem, lie) impressive. Plus, since he's coming off a Golden Globe win, he's got momentum.
Louis C.K., Louie (Lead Actor)
If you ask us, the Emmy winner (for writing) deserves another statuette for his SNL Lincoln sketch alone! But he ought to be a real contender in this race as well. His namesake character's quest for love this season — with the likes of Parker Posey and Melissa Leo, no less! — was as hysterical as it was calamitous.
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
Jake M. Johnson, New Girl (Lead Actor)
It's a good thing Zooey Deschanel's leading man bumped himself up from supporting this year — if he hadn't, we'd have had to get on his case! (No one wants that!) Not only was he front and center, but as Jess fell for Nick, we fell for his portrayer.
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Joel McHale, Community
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (Lead Actor)
In the CBS smash's best season yet (and that's saying something!), the two-time Emmy victor was able to flesh out his brainiac alter ego as Sheldon moved ever (slowly!) forward in his relationship with Amy and even showed signs that he's — gasp — human?!
Matthew Perry, Go On
Adam Scott, Parks and Recreation (Lead Actor)
If the category was most swoon-inducing, Amy Poehler's "better half" would be a lock. As it is, as Ben and Leslie's romance approached (arguably) the wedding of the year, we asked ourselves repeatedly, "Do you think the groom deserves an Emmy?" Every time, our reply was the same: We do.