Michael Chiklis, The Shield (FX)
Michael C. Hall, Six Feet Under (HBO)
Peter Krause, Six Feet Under (HBO)
Martin Sheen, The West Wing (NBC)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24 (FOX)
While we wouldn’t mind at all if Sheen’s third West Wing nomination brought him his first win in this category, we’re backing Chiklis for his supercharged performance as a rogue cop with a bullet head, a nasty gleam in his eye and a soft spot for his family. It’s the showiest part in this first-year series, and he plays it full-out.