TV Squad picks their choices for Emmy nominees and winners
Let me take a look at my trusty calendar. Okay, tomorrow I take the kids to the doctor. On Thursday I get that bikini wax. Friday? Well, I do the same think as I do every Friday -- try to take over the world (Snarf!). Now, for next week . . .
Sweet Niblets! Next week (July 19th, to be exact) they announce the nominees for the 59th Emmy awards to honor achievements for what has gone on previously rather than what is going on now. Which is opposite of the Golden Globes or the SAG awards, which honor achievements that are going on both presently and in the past. Wait, let me read that again . . . yep, that makes sense!
So, in preparation for the television wonk's biggest night of the year I have asked the humongous staff over here at TV Squad to give me a hand in picking out who will be the likely nominees and winners in the Best Actor/Actress/Drama/Comedy categories. Of course, your opinions may differ. But, hey, what fun would it be if we picked the same things you did?
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Steve Carell (The Office), Jeremy Piven (Entourage), James Roday (Psych), Kevin James (King of Queens), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Best Comedy Actor Winner: I would pick Alec Baldwin as the winner. His performances during this freshman season of 30 Rock made the show. Whenever he was on screen you were guaranteed at least a laugh or two. Heck, his scenes with Will Arnett during the "Fireworks" episode are worthy of the Emmy nod right there.
Both Steve Carell and Jeremy Piven may be strong contenders as well. However, with the rocky seasons both of their shows had the award committee may want to look for some fresh faces. If that's the case then Psych's James Roday may be the dark horse in this contest.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Jenna Fischer (The Office)
Best Comedy Actress Winner: Ugly Betty's America Ferrera is going to take the triple crown of television awards, She has already won a Golden Globe and a SAG award and I think she'll be a favorite to win an Emmy. Although, if the award comes down to cuteness she'll have some competition against The Office's Jenna Fischer. I wouldn't be surprised if the Office producers submitted the monologue she gave during the "Beach Games" episode for a nomination bid.
The dark horse here? Lauren Graham of the dearly departed Gilmore Girls. She has yet to be nominated but may be given the nod this time around as a sentimental favorite. I would be okay if she won.
Best Comedy Series: The Office, Entourage, Psych, Ugly Betty, Scrubs
Comedy Series Winner: A tough call here. At first glance I'd say The Office would be the winner this year but, as mentioned previously, this past season was a bit wishy-washy. Same thing goes for Scrubs; however, our favorite medical comedy does have an advantage this year if they submitted the musical episode for consideration.
Ugly Betty? I don't know. Since there are many more serious elements to the show than normal comedies I don't know if they will appreciate the program as a whole as a winner. That leaves Entourage and Psych. Even though it didn't have one of its best seasons I'd go with Entourage as the winner, with Psych as the dark horse.
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Dennis Leary (Rescue Me), Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Eddie Izzard (The Riches), Matthew Perry (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip).
Best Drama Actor Winner: I want Matthew Perry to win, even though he won't. Sure, the show that he was on was not the greatest, but his role on Studio 60 was excellent. So much so that you sometimes forgot that he played the wacky Chandler Bing on Friends.
I have a feeling that Dexter's Michael C. Hall will win in this category. Not only was he superb in the role but the show itself was the toast of the town last year. I feel that Dennis Leary and Michael Chiklis also have good chances of being nominated and perhaps winning the Emmy. I would hope that the show that the producers of The Shield submitted was the one where Chilkis' character (Vic Mackey) broke down in the middle of a hospital waiting room as the death of his friend and partner Lem finally overcame him. It was one of the most powerful scenes of this season.
The dark horse in all of this would be Eddie Izzard of The Riches. I think he did a terrific job mixing both comedy and drama into his role on the program.
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights), Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy), Minnie Driver (The Riches)
Best Drama Actress Winner: Hmm. Not Sandra Oh. I think that Grey's is not the powerhouse that it was in previous seasons. That, and there have been so many good dramas, and good drama actresses, that Oh may be overshadowed this year.
I think it's going to go to Kyra Sedgwick. The Closer has been steadily rising in popularity, and Sedgwick's character has become more familiar with the public. I also think that Minnie Driver from The Riches has a strong chance of winning the award. Dark horse this time around? Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights.
Best Drama Series: The Shield, Rescue Me, Dexter, 24, The Sopranos
Drama Series Winner: I really wanted to put Battlestar Galactica down as nominee and winner. I really did! However, there were so many good dramas on last season that I found it hard to include in my list. It wouldn't matter anyway because The Sopranos will win it hands down due to the sentimentality factor. And, if all of the members of the award committee get bonked on the head and forget that The Sopranos ever existed as a show, then Dexter will probably win.
So, there you have it, the nonsensical thoughts of who and what should be nominated for Emmy's this year. Now it's your turn to tell us who should be nominated and who will win.