Countdown to the Emmys

This year’s Emmy nominations are being announced just a couple days away on Thursday, July 19. Before the official announcement, here are some sure-fire nominations as well as some hopeful suggestions I’m praying to the TV gods will receive nominations.

Downton Abbey cast (image property of PBS)

Outstanding Drama Series

Mad Men is the four-time winner in this category, and there’s no doubt it will earn a fifth nomination. However, two newcomers may evict Mad Men from the winning seat come Emmys night—Downton Abbey makes the switch this year from the Miniseries category to the Drama Series category and could certainly cause a major upset. Personally, I’d love to see a Don Draper vs. Violet Crawley death match for the award…Either way, both shows are shoe-ins as nominees. Showtime’s Homeland is the other newcomer that’s been getting a lot of critical buzz, and also basically guaranteed a nomination.

Outstanding Comedy Series

I’ve already used this blog to profess my undying love for Community; so please, Emmy nominators, PLEASE nominate what is easily one of the best shows on television. Community‘s recent Television Critics’ Choice Award win is certainly giving me hope that perhaps Community‘s most viewer-alienating season to date may end up being its most critically well-received. I’d also love to see nominations for Happy Endings and New Girl.

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

I don’t foresee any big surprises in this category—expect nominations for nominee regulars like Jon Hamm for Mad Men, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, etc.

Claire Danes in Homeland (image property of Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

Claire Danes has been at the center of all the Homeland buzz, and the new show’s star will definitely earn a nomination alongside nominee regulars like The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies. I also hope to see Michelle Dockery nominated for her incredible character growth during the second season of Downton Abbey (who would’ve thought Mary Crawley had a heart?).

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons has dominated this category the past couple of years, but the two recent television awards shows have both produced surprise winners—Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe for Episodes and Louis C.K. won a Critics’ Choice Television award for Louie. The drama category for the Emmys has become almost exclusively cable network shows, and this year’s nominations in the comedy category may head that way with more cable network comedy actor nominations than we’ve seen yet.

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

Lena Dunham’s new critically loved HBO creation, Girls, may be her ticket to a freshman Emmy nod—for her and the entire show, too. This category may see fellow newcomer Zooey Deschanel as a nominee for New Girl, as well. As long as Amy Poehler receives a nomination for Parks and Recreation, I’ll be happy.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Again, probably no big surprises in this category. This season of Mad Men may earn Vincent Kartheiser his first Emmy nomination, but the rest of the category should shape up with Game of Thrones‘s Peter Dinklage and the typical supporting players from The Good Wife, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Two words: Maggie Smith. I would guess it almost doesn’t matter who else is nominated alongside Dame Maggie—Downton Abbey‘s primary source of comic relief is a definite nomination and win.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Given my love for ensemble comedies, the two supporting comedic actor categories are the hardest for me to choose and predict. If I had it my way, there would be nominations for New Girl‘s Max Greenfield; Happy Endings‘s Damon Wayans Jr. and Adam Pally; Community‘s Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Joel McHale; Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, Eric Stonestreet, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson; and Parks and Recreation‘s Nick Offerman, Adam Scott, and Aziz Ansari. Since the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences doesn’t seem to think 13 nominees is an ideal set-up, my chosen six are Max Greenfield, Adam Pally, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Ty Burrell, and Nick Offerman.

Eliza Coupe in Happy Endings (image property of ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Glee‘s Jane Lynch is typically the frontrunner in this category (for good reason), but there are quite a few hilarious women on television that have yet to be nominated that I would love to see nominated. My foremost nomination hopeful is Eliza Coupe for Happy Endings—her role as Jane Kerkovich-Williams single-handedly revolutionizes the concept of a “wife” character in comedy. Other hopeful first-time nominees include Busy Philipps for Cougar Town, Casey Wilson for Happy Endings, Maya Rudolph for Up All Night, and Aubrey Plaza and Retta for Parks and Recreation.

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie

There are three major contenders in this category: History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, HBO’s Game Change, and PBS Masterpiece Classic’s Sherlock. Hatfields & McCoys’ epic American tale was the most-watched non-sports-related cable program to date; Game Change brought great performances telling the story of Sarah Palin’s emergence into the social consciousness; and Sherlock is a huge hit in Britain that is slowly sweeping across American shores—all three are definite nominees.

What nominations are you hoping to see?

Watch the livestream of the Emmy nominations announcement on July 19 at 8:40/7:40c a.m. at

Watch the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards’ live broadcast on Sept. 23 at 7/6c hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.


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2 Responses to “Countdown to the Emmys”

  1. I totally agree! I feel like this year will have a lot of new comedies being nominated.

  2. I think Veep is pretty much guaranteed a nomination as well. If not the show, then at least JLD will get the nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.

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