64th Primetime Emmy Predictions

It’s that time of year, dear readers. That’s right, award season! And how glorious it will be.

Nominees for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced earlier this morning, and, well, I just have to go ahead and choose my picks.

First up, Best Comedy Series:
Who should win – “Modern Family” – This show kept me laughing throughout the season. The dynamics between each character is so well developed that you forget you’re watching actors play the roles. The writing is also so superb, each episode is as good as the last.

Comedy Actor:
Who should win – Louis C.K., “Louie” – When he’s not busy with his stand-up career or his multiple talk show appearances, Louis makes one heck of a comedy on FX. It’s just so smart; very “Seinfeld”-ish, since it works in with his stand-up routine, but it is just so natural. He took home a number of commendations at the Comedy Awards earlier this year, too, for his show, so maybe that’s a sign.

Comedy Actress:
Who should win – Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” – If I had a nickel for every time I wanted Amy Poehler to win an Emmy, I would have $0.20, but I still believe she needs to take home this award. This last season of “Parks” was perfect, and Poehler was even better. She needs to be recognized for her excellence.

Supporting Comedy Actor:
Who should win – Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family” – This category is highly competitive, as all nominees deserve to win, but with Modern Family’s strength this past year, someone from that show should take home the top spot. In years past, it has been Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burell, but O’Neill completely deserves this award. It’s time to recognize Al Bundy.

Supporting Comedy Actress:
Who should win – Kathryn Joosten, “Desperate Housewives” – Normally, I’d give my vote to the ladies of “Modern Family,” but I know the entertainment industry likes to honor those who passed away. Since Kathryn “Mrs. Landingham” Joosten passed away earlier this year, I believe she will be honored with the posthumous award.

Best Dramatic Series:
Who should win – Umm, any of them. This category is wonderfully represented, and I would be just fine with any of these series taking home the title.

Drama Actress:
Who should win – Elizabeth Moss, “Mad Men” – Gotta give some love to my Mad Men. This season in particular was just so awesome, and Moss had some strong moments as her maturing-“I don’t need Don anymore” Peggy that she should get it.

Drama Actor:
Who should win – Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” or Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” – Story matters at AMC, seeing how well each series is welcomed and loved on the network. Both of these actors had dynamo years in their respective programs, and with Cranston being a multi-Emmy winner for this role, I could see it working in his favor. Not to say that the other actors don’t deserve it, because they certainly do.

Drama Supporting Actress:
Who should win – Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” – Oh, Maggie Smith. I wish I could call you my third grandmother, because you have kept me entertained throughout the majority of my life. Your role as the Dowager Countess is quite lovely, especially with Jimmy Fallon’s take on it.

Drama Supporting Actor:
Who should win – Giancarlo Esposito, “Breaking Bad” – Is this even a necessary discussion? Anyone who watched the fourth season of “Breaking Bad” knows how terrifying Gustavo Fring was; how well Esposito embodied that role. (For those not familiar, he also plays the Magic Mirror in “Once Upon a Time” and will be in the NBC drama, “Revolution”)

Miniseries or TV Movie:
Who should win – “American Horror Story,” “Game Change” or “Hatfields and McCoys” – I’ll admit, I have only seen these three, but they were all truly terrific in their own right.

Variety Series:
Who should win – “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” – Fallon has done what critics did not believe was smart: to connect with the college crowd. His show, though targeted toward a younger demographic, is cutting edge. He isn’t afraid to ask celebrities to make fun of themselves or participate in a game of charades, beer pong or pictionary, and that’s what makes the show so wonderful.

Reality Program:
Who should win – “Shark Tank” – I started watching this program earlier in the year, but it works on every level. The relationships between the “sharks” is believable, it’s interesting to see what sort of products people have created and how willing they are to get the support of the sharks.

Animated Program:
Who should win – “Bob’s Burgers” – You probably haven’t heard of it, but it’s one of the funniest animated comedies I have ever seen. It’s on par with “Sit Down, Shut Up” and “Arrested Development,” where the comedy is so smart, it’s dumb. Or underestimated.


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