By Jordan Walker
It’s Emmy nominations time of year again! Before the nominations are announced tomorrow, I wanted to draw up a preliminary analysis on which actors are entering themselves into the Emmy race, and which actors and shows have the best chance of being nominated for television’s biggest honor. It’s up to networks to submit which shows they want to be nominated for the big award, and both broadcast and cable networks usually try to win the hearts of the Emmy voters by campaigning for the shows that should be nominated. Networks send out packages to voters with DVD’s of the networks’ best episodes of their best series.
TNT’s package included clips of seven of its shows: “The Closer,” “HawthoRNe,” “Dark Blue,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Southland,” “Leverage,” “Saving Grace.” Unfortunately, last year none of TNT’s shows got any love in the best drama category, but two of its leading ladies did go head to head in the Best Actress category (Kyra Sedgwick from “The Closer” and Holly Hunter of “Saving Grace”). This year, the only TNT show I see having a chance is “Men of a Certain Age” because it chronicles a stage in life that isn’t seen on TV anywhere else, and all three of its stars – Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, and Scott Bakula – have all been nominated for past Emmys. The CW has submitted DVD clips of “Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Dairies,” and “Smallville,” but these shows have no chance of getting recognition. ABC has submitted episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy,” including the well-written two-hour season finally, which hopefully will receive a nod.
For drama, the final seasons of “Lost,” “24,” and “Law & Order” will try to secure spots on the nomination list. Of the three, “Lost” is the only one with a real shot of a nomination, since it has previously been nominated. “24” hasn’t received a nomination since 2006, and “Law & Order hasn’t been nominated since 2003, giving each show little chance of winning. Whichever shows get nominated will have to duke it out against the 2008 and 2009 Best Drama winner “Mad Men,” as well as dramas that have a good chance to be nominated this year, such as “House,” “Damages,” and “Breaking Bad.” There is almost no doubt that CBS’ “The Good Wife” will be nominated, and the show also has a good chance of taking the trophy from “Mad Men.”
Comedy is the category that everyone will be talking about this year at the Emmys. With new shows “Glee” and “Modern Family” guaranteed to get nominations, and “The Big Bang Theory” a safe bet on the nom list, all of last year’s nominees likely won’t see round two. Count on “30 Rock” being dethroned this year after its impressive three-year streak. Also, “How I Met Your Mother” has no shot at scoring a nomination this year after its disappointing season. While I will personally be rooting for a big win for “Modern Family,” “Glee” seems to be the clear frontrunner, since it has swept the awards season with wins at The Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Last but not least, I can’t forget to mention Betty White. White might close out her perfect year with not one, but two possible wins. She has a guaranteed nomination for her guest spot on “Saturday Night Live,” and she may also receive one for her low-key appearance on ABC’s underrated, but hilarious comedy, “The Middle.” White’s competition in the Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category may include Brooke Shields, also from “The Middle,” and Elizabeth Banks, Elaine Stritch, and Julianne Moore, all from “30 Rock.” Megan Mullally will also go for her seventh nomination for her role on “Parks and Recreation.” Kristin Chenoweth will compete for her two appearances on “Glee,” and Christine Baranski for her appearance on “The Big Bang Theory.”
The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, July 8th. There are always a few surprise nominations and upsetting snubs thrown into the mix, so make sure to check out my in-depth analysis of the nominees and of the potential winners after the announcement.