Masi Oka, Heroes
Question: Now that the season has ended, I can't help but wonder which actors on Heroes have a good shot at Emmy nominations. Masi Oka pretty much goes without saying, but Jack Coleman and Zachary Quinto have been equally memorable in their roles and are just as deserving of a nod. But do they have a chance, too, or has Hiro's popularity rendered them obsolete? On another note, I'd like to give a little shout-out to Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman. His performance is certainly not award-worthy, but the guy's a better actor than people give him credit for. Case in point: His portrayal of an evil version of Parkman, in which he was able to be menacing without going over the top.
Answer: Everyone at TV Guide loves Greg Grunberg. What a great guy, and so deserving of his success on the show. (Who else could survive taking all those bullets in the chest?) As for Emmy hopes, let's figure Masi Oka can survive the genre jinx and break through. I'm not convinced it will happen, but it should. Otherwise, it's a long shot all around. If in fact the industry has been keeping an eye on the show, Jack Coleman was doing career-high work as well and is as good a bet as any in the cast. I'm very curious to see how Heroes will fare at the Emmys. The show's always been a bit of a mess, but more and more it's a fabulous mess, and I wonder if it can make the cut the way Lost did in its first season. (For that matter, I'm curious if Lost can overcome the perception that it's slipping and get back in the running as well. Again, probably a long shot. And by the way, because of holiday deadlines, any discussion of the Lost finale won't appear in Ask Matt until this Friday's column.)