Award shows like the Emmys can be very snobby and stick their nose up at superhero shows. The ironic thing is that Jessica Jones isn’t a superhero show, not really anyways. Jessica Jones is a drama that smartly deals with tragedy, rape, power, and PTSD. While it’s true that the show is based upon a Marvel comic book and co-produced by Marvel Studios, any semblance of superhero-ness is just an excuse to tell the deeper and more heartfelt story. The lynchpin holding this story together is Ritter who plays the titular character. Ritter has always been great on television from her work from Breaking Bad to Don’t Trust The B in Apt 23, but she really brings it in this star making role. It’s a shame the show has even a whiff of Superhero on it, because chances are, that whiff will cause Emmy voters to take a pass.
2) Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) HBO
While many of you knew of Theroux before The Leftovers as Mr. Jennifer Aniston, I knew him as a writer with such projects as Tropic Thunder and Iron Man 2. But Theroux really won me over as an actor, bringing such gravitas to this heavy role. Critically, The Leftovers was a bigger hit in its second season versus its first, and probably a lot of that had to do by focusing less on Theroux’s Kevin Garvey and focusing more on The Murphys in Miracle, Texas, but Kevin was still integral to the show’s stellar second season, and one of the best television episodes of the year (probably of the past ten years) was solely regarding a journey of Kevin Garvey. I don’t know how an Emmy voter can watch International Assassin and not give Theroux All The Emmys. As great as Theroux was throughout the entire second season of The Leftovers, Emmy voters look at individual submission episodes versus entire seasons. That process will make Theroux's inevitable snub that much more baffling.