No lead drama actor on a canceled freshman series has earned an Emmy nomination since Andre Braugher for "Gideon's Crossing" in 2001. So any fans of Jason Isaacs' work on NBC's "Awake" are going to have to light quite a few candles — in this universe and any parallel ones — to get him a spot on TV Academy's dance card.
But Isaac's work on "Awake" shouldn't go unnoticed, especially with the show heading toward its finale Thursday. In its final episodes, as it has raced toward a resolution of its season-long mystery, Isaacs has been given even more opportunity to showcase his range in a challenging part that requires him to be at once tough and desperate. (Steve Harris is among the supporting cast that has also had some great moments.)
Last year's lead drama actor Emmy went to a thesp from a farewell series, Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights," but Chandler had five seasons to build toward that honor. And frankly, Isaacs' Michael Britten isn't as iconic as Chandler's Eric Taylor was. But anyone voting this year needs to at least take Isaacs' performance into account. It was little seen, but hardly of little value.