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TV Squad picks their choices for Emmy nominees and winners

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 11th 2007 10:30AM

Nominations for the 59th Emmy awards are announced on July 19thLet 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.

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Mary Lefante -

And what would YOU define as a better comedy on network television, mmm??? No suggestions? Can't even name a comedy show on cable that you like? And what do ratings have to do with quality? Any writer here at TVSquad can name a dozen great shows that don't get enough viewers.

It's fine for you to dislike 30 Rock, but it's far from deplorable. The and the writing is fresh and unlike many other easily-forgettable live audience style comedies cough*Two and a Half men*cough

Anyway, I'm on Cloud Nine now that Tina Fey got an unexpected lead acting nom, and more over, that 30 Rock got a Best Comedy nom

July 19 2007 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue Kent

I am totally astonished that there were no nominations for Friday Night Lights and none for any of the actors, all of whom were superb, particularly Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Who on earth makes these selections? They lack a good deal of credibility for me!

July 19 2007 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is "The Wire"?? Or any of the outstanding cast?

July 19 2007 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's wrong with this picture!! Where is My Name is Earl!! This show is one of the funniest, with each episode ending with a moral! It's apparent Hollywood overlooks morals and goes with shows like Two and A Half Men. My Name is Earl is amazingly written and extremely very well acted. My hat is off to Jason, Jaime, Ethan, Eddie, Natalie, and especially Greg Garcia, the mastermind behind such an amazing production which sends a message of thought after each episode. Just an FYI, "Earl" is a "one camera" production, and if anyone knows what that means, there is a great deal of work put into a production using only one camera. My hat, too, is off to the entire crew!!! Each week, a job well done by all!!!!!!

July 19 2007 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 19 2007 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happened to "Men in Trees"? One of the funnier new shows to come along. I see it will be back next season but why no hype from ABC? Great writing, good delivery by the actors, and much funnier than most so called sit coms.

July 19 2007 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The fact that "The Wire," once again was passed over for "best drama? nomination pretty much sums up why the Emmy's are completely invalid.

July 19 2007 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buffi Owens

Well the noms are in and Eddie Izzard was overlooked. That just baffles me. I think that he did an outstanding job this season in The Riches. I've always loved his stand up and was so pleasantly surprised to see that he is every bit as good a dramatic actor as he is a comedian. I even mentioned to my husband a couple of times during the season that I thought he deserved an Emmy nomination for this show. Maybe next year, since FX is bringing the show back for another 13 episodes. AT least Minnie Driver was acknowledged. I just think that Eddie was every bit as good as she was.

July 19 2007 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Lefante

Who owes the cast of 30 Rock a favor in Political Hollywood!! That is the worse show on tv. It should have been cancelled!! They cancell good shows and leave that on and then get a nod for an Emmy. LOL Look at your poles only 5% would vote for 30 Rock. Please publish their ratings because I know it is less than other!! I have no respect for NBC. I will stick to the Cable Channels, only!! They give their new shows a chance.

July 19 2007 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

to my astonishment, My Name is Earl, has hardly any nominations. I have seen some of the garbage that has been but on television to get ratings or to appeal to a more spontaneous audience. Yes, I do agree with The Office. That show is well written and acted. Most of the actors are also the producers. It came from a Britsh show. My Name is Earl is a truly origanal show that is extremely well acted and well written. I am at a loss why My Name is Earl would be snubbed for the likes of Two and a Half Men. Just goes to prove my belief that it is about celebrity and hype rather then content

July 19 2007 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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