Magazine article Variety

Top Actors Bring Chops to Exciting Guest Spots

Magazine article Variety

Top Actors Bring Chops to Exciting Guest Spots

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The appeal of a guest role is obvious as an actor can often make the maximum impact in minimum screen time. That's why previous winners love to drop in on other shows, such as Hank Azaria showing up on "Ray Donovan," Michael J. Fox popping over to "The Good Wife" and Brad Garrett showing his dramatic range on "Law & Order: SVU."

Last year, Reg E. Cathey took home the prize for his work on "House of Cards" after two nominations. He's likely to receive another nomination for the role of Freddy, though his co-star Colm Feore could also figure into the mix.

There are certain shows that tend to do well time and again in the guest category. One is "The Good Wife," which has a plethora of potential nominees, from the aforementioned Fox to Denis O'Hare and Blair Underwood, both involved in a powerful gun control episode. Another is "SVU"; in addition to Garrett, juicy performances came from the likes of Dallas Roberts, Robert John Burke, Alex Karpovsky and Peter Gallagher.

Though "Scandal" has a great supporting cast, its actors are often recognized in the guest category. Both Joe Morton [now a series regular] and Dan Bucatinsky have won for their guest spots, and this year the show has three actors who could break in. Jon Tenney had a juicy episode that ended with a shocker, while Gregg Henry had a blast as a Trump-esque candidate. And Norm Lewis delivered a fantastic monologue in the penultimate episode of the season.

Be on the lookout for veterans Max von Sydow ["Game of Thrones"] and Elliott Gould ["Ray Donovan"] to lend some star power to the lineup, while Robert Wagner ["NCIS"] could land his first nomination since 1970.


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