“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
Emmy history: Nommed last year
The case: Gunn's Skyler White was a storm of emotional turmoil this season. A nervous breakdown, suicide attempt and complete switch of attitude toward her meth-dealing husband (Bryan Cranston) made her a standout.
Trivia: She was nominated in 1997 for a Joseph Jefferson Award, given to Chicago legiters, for her role in tuner “Assassins.”
— Alex Stedman