We’ve made our list, checked it twice — and man, there were a lot of excellent TV performances this year.
All year long, Team TVLine has recognized the small screen’s most compelling work via our Performer of the Week column, honoring actors from broadcast, cable and streaming series as they’ve made us weep with sadness or laughter. (Sometimes both!) But now, we’re tasked with naming a Performer of the Year… and the field was so crowded, we added two extra spots on our annual list of finalists for the big honor.
Named alphabetically below, our list of 22 nominees doubles as a “ballot” of sorts. (Note: As usual, any contenders comprised of multiple co-stars — in this case, Heartstopper‘s Kit Connor and Joe Locke — compete as and will be considered one finalist.)
On Tuesday, Dec. 20, we will crown one of the nominees (and only one!) our 2022 Performer of the Year, dethroning the 2021 victor, Succession‘s Jeremy Strong. And while our esteemed panel of judges won’t necessarily be swayed by the Comments section, we’re itching to see if our 22 finalists line up with your favorite performances of the year.
Scroll through the list below to see who’s in the running from this year’s shows, then drop a comment with your thoughts on who might be named Performer of the Year 2022.