Emmys 2012: Who WE Would Nominate

One problem with the Emmys is that it tries so hard to please people that it in the end it pleases no one. Television is full of niches and nooks and crannies, and viewers' tastes range from subtle legal dramas to brain-splattering zombie head-shots. Every TV-related website on the internet has some sort of bent, and we're not shy about which ways we lean. So now that we've covered who we THINK will be nominated this year (announced tomorrow! At the crack of dawn!), it's time to discuss who we'd LIKE to see on this year's ballot. Yeah, some of our picks may be a little out there, but we're sure that more than a few of you will agree.

I asked fellow TV.com writer Price Peterson to join me in compiling a list of ideal Emmy nominees, and we've provided a little commentary to explain ourselves. Add your own picks in the comments, and don't be afraid to go off the page and choose some wacky ones.



Outstanding Drama Series

Price's Picks
American Horror Story
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Vampire Diaries
The Walking Dead
Tim's Picks
Awake
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
Homeland
Luck

Price: Admittedly some of my picks are more respectable than others, but I mean that The Vampire Diaries one in all earnestness. It'll be a cold day in heck before the Emmy voters even learn of The CW's existence, but as far as excellent ensembles and and storytelling go, TVD is right up there with any other prestige programming; it's just stuck in the written-off ghetto that is teen supernatural drama. As for American Horror Story, I think it legitimately redefined what a TV show even is, to say nothing of how artful and ambitious it was. (My inclusion of it over Homeland shows just how much I value a strong conclusion. Yeah, I said it.) As for The Walking Dead, I'm basically an apologist through-and-through. I love its casually paced storytelling, and if there's a better showcase for fully immersive, frayed-nerve dread, I haven't seen it.

Tim: Yeah, that's right. I put Awake and Luck in there. I guess I have a fondness for one-and-done shows! What I like about all the series on my list is that they did everything right: acting, writing, cinematography, etc. They were really complete shows with no weaknesses, and that's what I look for in the Best Series categories. Where's Justified? It just missed the cut, because Season 3 wasn't as good as Season 2. Sons of Anarchy also deserves consideration, but I'm still bummed over that finale. Full disclosure: I've never liked Mad Men. And just so you know, Franklin & Bash was also on the Emmy nominations ballot.



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Price's Picks
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Patrick Wilson, A Gifted Man
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Peter Krause, Parenthood
Tim's Picks
Jason Isaacs, Awake
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Price: Not gonna lie, I don't have terribly strong opinions in this category. Either I haven't watched enough serious drama, or I take certain lead performances for granted. But I think I should probably defend my Patrick Wilson nod: A Gifted Man wasn't amazing, but Wilson single-handedly made it watchable. The guy's got skills, so hopefully he'll land on something much better soon.

Tim: You can't go wrong with my five. With the exception of Lewis (who shared the duty with Claire Danes), they dominated their respective series. And just in case you were wondering, both Franklin AND Bash were on the Emmy nominations ballot, too. I wonder if Breckin Meyer is drafting acceptance speeches.



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Price's Picks
Connie Britton, American Horror Story
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife
Claire Danes, Homeland
Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries
Tim's Picks
Anna Torv, Fringe
Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Claire Danes, Homeland
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Price: What are Claire Danes' chances of taking this home? 99 percent? 100 percent? So picking another four nominees was always going to be an exercise in hypotheticals. But I would like to point out that Connie Britton never took home an Emmy for Friday Night Lights, and I feel like her work on AHS was brave enough to warrant a retroactive win. Nina Dobrev would be a long shot, obviously, but Elena's arc was particularly tragic this year, plus Katherine is never not electrifying. But again: This is all very hypothetical.

Tim: I'm throwing some love toward Torv, who played like 20 characters this year on Fringe. She deserves recognition just for being able to keep 'em straight. And how awesome was Stowe in ABC's primetime soap? But really, this category is a one-woman competition with Danes as the sole participant, so the rest of you ladies can get as drunk as you like.



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Price's Picks
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Conleth Hill, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
Scott Wilson, The Walking Dead
Tim's Picks
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
John Noble, Fringe
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
John Ortiz, Luck

Price: This category belongs to the scene-stealers and I'm not sure anyone stole them with more brazenness than Conleth Hill as Lord Varys. It's really saying something that in a world with literal dragons, shadow monsters, and frequent nudity that a simple conversation between Lord Varys and anyone else could be just as riveting. Similarly, Joseph Morgan's Klaus was a straight-up electrifying presence on TVD. So good, in fact, that he's almost unkillable at this point. Who would want to watch a TVD without Klaus?

Tim: How crowded is this category? By the time I made my cuts, last year's winner Peter Dinklage was no longer on the list. Neither was Walton Goggins. Or Jason Gedrick. Or Ryan Hurst. Or Jack Huston. Or Neal McDonough. Or Nick Nolte. Or Ron Perlman. Or Michael Shannon. Or John Slattery. Or BD Wong. Lots of deserving names here. My most controversial selection is Ortiz, but I promised myself I would put him on this list way back in January, after I first heard him curse in Spanish. But obviously the winner should be Giancarlo Esposito, and if he doesn't earn a trip to the podium I'm going to throw a tantrum.



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Price's Picks
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood
Fiona Shaw, True Blood
Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead
Tim's Picks
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Rose Byrne, Damages
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy

Price: As a viewer I gravitate toward the bigger performances, particularly from women who go proverbially balls-out with difficult characters. I'm not sure I'll ever see a performance as confidently, intricately unhinged as Jessica Lange's Constance, a monster so charismatic that you cry when she cries and you clap when she hastens Armageddon. Absolutely incredible.

Tim: Can I first just say that I love Price's picks here? Okay, said. It's like a potpourri of supernatural creatures. Now for my picks: Let's stop the Skyler White hate and give Gunn the nomination she has deserved for some time now. She should get a nod just for her face at the end of "Crawl Sppace."



Outstanding Comedy Series

Price's Picks
Eastbound & Down
Enlightened
Girls
Louie
New Girl
Tim's Picks
Community
Louie
Awkward.
New Girl
Enlightened

Price: Turns out I love tragic cable comedies! As much as I adore the loose, casual spirit of New Girl, these other four were the ones that actually deserve accolades. They backed their hilarious (and melancholy) scenarios with ideas and emotions I still haven't shaken.

Tim: You know what? Screw Modern Family! The comedy category is almost always a letdown, but there are three legitimate great laughers this year in Community, Louie, and Enlightened. They're all very deserving. I included New Girl because I didn't know what else to include. Hope that doesn't hurt your feelings, New Girl. I don't have the balls to put Eagleheart or Comedy Bang Bang on my list, but they make me laugh harder than anything else on TV.



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Price's Picks
Chris Lilley, Angry Boys
H. Jon Benjamin, Archer
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Danny McBride, Eastbound & Down
Louis C.K., Louie
Tim's Picks
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Joel McHale, Community
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Chris Elliott, Eagleheart

Price: I'm not even positive all these guys are eligible to be nominated, but the fact is they did some of the finest and funniest work of anyone on TV. Comedy is hard! Especially when you're playing six distinctively different characters as Chris Lilley did on Angry Boys. But I think my big wish would be for Danny McBride to take it. The guy is a one-man tour-de-force and so much of Eastbound & Down's excellence revolves around him. Give him all the Emmys pls.

Tim: No one really stood out from everyone else this year, but that's kind of how it is with comedy. Do you go with C.K.'s subtlety or Cheadle and David's over-the-topness? I put McHale on my list, and while I love him as Jeff Winger, is his performance really Emmy-worthy? Probably not. And yeah, I've decided I can do some Eagleheart nominating. Imagine Elliott's speech, for just a second. Wow.



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Price's Picks
Lena Dunham, Girls
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tim's Picks
Ashley Rickards, Awkward.
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Price: I think Tim and I are pretty much in agreement on this one, but I'll give Lena Dunham the spot over the (still very deserving) Ashley Rickards, mostly due to Dunham's fearlessness. It's heartening to see this category so positively stacked with talent, it's just unfortunate that the award will probably go to Whitney Cummings. Haha j/k?

Tim: I wasn't initially on board with the Rickards for Emmy campaign, but she's done good work capturing normal teenage angst and she pulls off great off-camera stares during voiceovers. Once again, New Girl was my seat-filler when I couldn't think of anyone else to put in there. Congrats, Zooey! And sorry Lena Dunham, but haven't we had enough of you this year already?



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Price's Picks
Steve Little, Eastbound & Down
Luke Wilson, Enlightened
Adam Driver, Girls
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Craig Robinson, The Office
Tim's Picks
Danny Pudi, Community
Jim Rash, Community
Jason Gann, Wilfred
Rob McElhenney, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Luke Wilson, Enlightened

Price: Here's one where it doesn't feel like New Girl is just filler. Max Greenfield's Schmidt is one of TV's best characters and it's time we start dealing with that fact. Otherwise, I'd be happy to see the more dramatic performances of Adam Driver or Luke Wilson get the prize, but I think I'd prefer if Steve Little took it home. Gosh dang he's funny.

Tim: Pudi gets the nod over Donald Glover from me because Abed had better material this year and Pudi took advantage of it. Same goes for Rash, who elevated Dean Pelton to new levels this season. I normally don't like Wilson, but he's really great on Enlightened as a loser ex-husband. Gann just cracks me up as much as anyone ever has on TV, and isn't that what comedy acting is really about? I hope Rob McElhenney from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia sneaks in here even though he won't, because anyone who puts on 50 pounds of fat for a sight gag deserves a trophy. Just missed the cut: Veep's Timothy Simons. Next year, pal!



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Price's Picks
Diane Ladd, Enlightened
Zosia Mamet, Girls
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings
Pamela Adlon, Louie
Jillian Bell, Workaholics
Tim's Picks
Gillian Jacobs, Community
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings
Diane Ladd, Enlightened
Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Carly Chaikin, Suburgatory

Price: Well, I'm not sure I'll ever get over the Diane Ladd-centric episode of Enlightened, just due to its sheer, subtle devastation. But I'd love to see Jillian Bell get more credit for how casually hilarious her performance is on a show that otherwise doesn't get enough attention for its surprising quality. But my main pick would be Pamela Adlon, whose occasional appearances during Louie Season 2 served to catalyze and provoke our hero in all the best ways. It's unclear whether she'll ever be back on the show, but her absence is already felt.

Tim: Britta Britta Britta Britta Britta Britta Britta Britta! I love Britta! And I included Carly Chaikin, who plays Dahlia on Suburgatory, for shits and giggles. But when you think about it, she's genuinely acting because she's playing a character who's nothing like the person she is in real life.


Who's on YOUR Emmy nominations wishlist? This year's nominees will be will be announced tomorrow at 8:35am Eastern / 5:35am Pacific.


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Outstanding Comedy



Barry's Picks:



Community

Girls

Louie

Enlightened

Big Bang Theory



Anyone who nominated "New Girl" as best comedy is automatically disqualified

(but i like the show too)
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Outstanding Drama.



Barry's Picks:



Game of Thrones

Homeland

Walking Dead

Awake

The Good Wife



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Tim's picks are completely right. I wish the Emmy nominations would be exactly what Tim listed, as Community and Fringe deserve awards for the quality of each show, which has lasted throughout every season.
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I completely agree with you two leaving The Big Bang Theory out. I'm a huge fan of this comedy, I'm a French living in Paris and still found a way to go to a taping... commitment guys... Which unfortunately was no good to BBT. Since they've been picked up for 3 seasons the arcs have become too long, particularly when it comes to Leonard / Penny. This year they dated other people, next year they'll really end up together after some bumps in the road and the finale of the next one is them getting married. Shall we keep watching for this?

As for Sheldon, the fantastic Sheldon, if they keep making him play a caricature of himself I'll hate him in a half season. Writers please find the edge again! Watching BBT these days is more an old habit than anything else.
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Here would be my nominations for some of the Emmy categories all others does not matter to me... Outstanding Drama Series: Justified, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, and Supernatural. Lead Actor Drama series: Timothy Olyphant, Peter Dinklage, Bryan Cranston, Jensen Ackles, Steve Buscemi (not sure I spelled that correctly). Lead Actress Drama series: Anna Torv, Lena Headey, Claire Danes, Katey Sagal,Laurie Holden. Outstanding Comedy Series: only two for me The Big Bang Theory and Curb your Enthusiasm others dont matter to me. Outstanding Actor Comedy series: Jim Parsons, and Larry David and thats all that I would care anything about. Good luck to all the nominations though.....
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I think Joseph Morgan should get a nomination. Because of his port rail of the Original Hybrid Klaus on the CW hit show Vampire diaries. The 31 year Old Joseph Martin Morgan born in Swansea Wales UK. Is the finest of all British actors with a good eye for interesting roles. I would say more on this fine actor but it would make it sound that i'm writing his biography to you all. But if the Emmy's are awarding purest of Talents the Joseph Morgan is a prime example to all in his profession. Plus he also loves to direct as he is in a up coming movie Revelation.That he also has written while starting in The vampire Diaries. Please feel free to check out Joe as Klaus >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qeZRssPw48&feature=related
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I'm kind of on Tim's side on this one... I mean, I love The Vampire Dairies and all of the eye candy that's on there, but it doesn't mean they deserve an Emmy.
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you guys suck too. no mention of the deserving women from Desperate housewives. All 4 should have gotten a nod.
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LOL seriously? I STILL don't understand why Eva Longoria makes as much money as Tina Fey. I guess some things will always remain a mystery, along with where unicorns live and how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootise Roll Pop.
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Eva made more money simply because more people watched DH and abc made more money from the adverts. It makes perfect sense to pay their actresses more plus Eva was so funny in the show. 30 Rock had awful ratings.
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I would totally agree with Madeline Stowe being nominated for lead actress in a drama! For someone we have heard basically nothing about before she was on Revenge, she is amazing. Otherwise, both of you have made all good picks. GO FRINGE!
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I would definitively at least give a Emmy nod to Joseph Morgan as best supporting actor, who has practically been the only best part of TVD's season 3 and Daniel Gillies as the best guest male actor because really Elijah is a character whose 5 minute presence is just priceless when it comes to 40 minute boring TVD episode...sorry, I was just so disappointed by s3 in terms of the main plot.. But like Price said, the Emmys would probably recognise anything from CW only when never. Oh and since I did not see this on the list, I would really like the Borgias to get some recognition because actors like Franois Arnot definitively do.
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If only, if only...
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I found myself generally agreeing with Tim's choices (sorry Price, you and I just have different taste I suppose).



Of course, I'm always tempted to just put down whomever I WANT to win, and not necessarily the person who deserves it most. I also don't watch quite as much tv as you guys.

I would give a little more credit to some of the Emmy mainstays (read: award hogs), but not too much more.



Actually, can you guys set up an official fan "dream" nominations page? Like so tv.com can compile them all, take the 5 most commonly entered nominees for each category, and put that up as another contrast to the official nominations? It's a little clutter-inducing to just post here.
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you'd better watch some Mad Men, Treme and Justified instead of True Blood, Vampire Diaries and Homeland.
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Imo, Homeland is in competition with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Justified, and Treme.
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The Vampire Diaries deserves a nomination in a category for Sci-Fi/Fantasy/etc...
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So..you hate Mad men
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I STILL CAN'T SEE WHY EVERYONE IS RAVING ABOUT "HOMELAND" IT WAS SOOOOOOO SLOW AND DULL!!!!!!!!!!

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I guess because it had great acting and writing?
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I thought it had good twists, intense episodes, amazing acting, interesting characters and thought the show itself was perfect. I did not think it was slow at all.
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Seriously, you guys would only nominate Casey Wilson for Happy Endings? Not the awesome Damon Wayans, Jr. or Eliza Coupe? Or how about the show itself for Comedy Series?
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too many names to remember so i'll just give my top picks

Drama- Homeland (really want Fringe but I know theres no chance)

Best Actor drama- Bryan Cranston Best Supporting Actor drama- John Noble

Best Actress drama- Anna Torv Best Supporting actress drama- Archie Panjabi

Comedy-Louie

Best Actor comedy-Louis CK Best Supporting Actor comedy- Ron Swanson..Nick Offerman

Best Actress comedy- Amy Poehler Best supporting Actress comedy- Sophia Vergara

Guest role drama- Leonard Nimoy Fringe

Guest role comedy- Michael J Fox Curb
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Drama : The Good Wife, Homeland, Revenge, Parenthood, The Closer & Fringe

Actor : Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis, Jon Hamm, Michael C Hall & Hugh Laurie

Actress : Julianne Margulies, Ellen Pompeo, Mireille Enos, Claire Danes & Anna Torv

S. Actor : Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, John Noble, Mandy Patinkin & G.W. Bailey

S. Actress : Archie Panjabi, Christine Baranski, Sandra Oh, Maggie Smith & Bethany Joy



Comedy : Desp.Housewives, Community, Parks and Rec, Big Bang Theory, Californication

Actor : Besides Jim Parsons, David Duchovny no real preferences here.

Actress : Martha Plimpton, Melissa McCarthy, Zoey Deschannel, Amy Poehler, Teri Hatcher

S Actor : No real preferences

S.Actress : No real preferences
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Eastbound and Down? Are you kidding?????
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Why is Claire Danes a shoo-in? I've watched it and she ain't that great...
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Drama: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Game of Thrones, Revenge, The Walking Dead

Actor: Brian Cranston

Actress: Claire Danes

S. Actor: Aaron Paul

S. Actress: Jessica Lange



Comedy: Parks and Rec, Community, Blue Mountain State, Always Sunny, New Girl

Actor: Louis C.K.

Actress: Amy Poehler

S. Actor: Max Greenfield

S. Actress: Kaitlin Olson
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I'd agree with Tim on most categories, especially Awake, though I can't really say that there was much to get excited about in the comedy list. Would have to say Suburgatory and Wilfrid since they actually made me lol a few times.
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Outstanding Drama: Remove Price's 'Vampire Diaries' in favour of Tim's 'Awake' and you're bang on, I think.



Outstanding Actor: Thank god you guys chose Lewis instead of Danes. For that you get a thumbs up from me. Cranston should definitely get it, though.



Outstanding Actress: Definitely Lange (AHS).



Outstanding Comedy: No comment on this one. Out of the ones listed I liked Eastbound and Down the best, and I doubt that would win. I also don't think Girls fits in as a 'comedy' so much. I'd choose 30 Rock, although this season hasn't been as stellar as past seasons have.



Why are there so many awards based on Comedy, anyway?



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Best Comedy: Community or Happy Endings. Totally agree about Gillian Jacobs and Casey Wilson

Best Drama: Game of Thrones. Pretty much Game of Thrones has some awesome actors. But Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey are the only two people with a chance.
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Best Comedy: Archer, Awkward., Community

Best Doppleganger: Nina Dobrev, Anna Torv, John Noble

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My favorite of all is Tims picks for Comedy actor in Supporting. Give it to Rash just to say he got an Oscar and an Emmy in the same year. Really good picks Tim. And Price, I appluad you for trying to get TVD in there. I debate if anyone is doing serial storytelling better than TVD. And the inclusion of Varys was GREAT choice Price. He makes every scene he's in BETTER.
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Price sure likes a lot of crappy shows/actors. I pretty much agree with everything and everyone Tim mentioned. John Noble really needs more recognition, far better than Anna Torv in Fringe, in my opinion anyway...
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It's a tie between Community and Parks & Rec for Best Comedy. I can't pick just one show, it's such a tough decision.
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Is Californication a comedy series? Cause I vote for them. :)
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It certainly fits the description of a comedy better than Nurse Jackie.
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Oh and also Emmy Rossum for Best Actress in whatever Shameless is submitted as!!!! (seems more like a drama to me, but I think it's pushed as a comedy?)
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Um, Parks and Rec for best comedy. I think it should win. My other picks would be a weird mash-up of both of your picks. Also why is Maisie Williams your pic but not your pick?
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I basically I agree with all Tim's choices, except instead of New Girl should've been Wilfred
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Haha Price, I know you recap TVD and have come to love it in a special sort of way, but I never realised you actually enjoyed it that much to propose three Emmy nominations! That said, Candice Accola really would be an excellent option for Supporting Actress. Nina Dobrev not so much this year (mostly because Katherine wasn't around much and let's face it, Elena doesn't have very good material to work with) - but for the past/potential seasons I can see your point.



Not sure I agree with some of the options, but interesting lists nonetheless.
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"...I never realised you actually enjoyed it that much..."



Price thinks it's essentially flawless, and the single best show on TV.



I think it's mildly entertaining, and more of a guilty pleasure than a good show. I also like Candice Accola better than than Nina Dobrev.
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American horro story most def!!!!
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I really don't get why people think Juliana Margulies is so good
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Really?
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I'd like to see a list similar to video game awards in the future. I think it can happen just because of the current awesome tv line-up and more awesome shows (hopefully) coming soon.



Best Drama:

Best Comedy:

Best Dramedy:

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Best Action Show:

Best Teen Show

Best Family Show:

Best New Show:

Best Basic Cable Show:

Best Broadcast Show:

Best Premium Cable Show:

Best Web Series:

Best Premium Series: (Hulu, Netflix)

Best Children''s Cartoon:

Best Adult Cartoon:

Best Anime:

Most Creative Show:

Best adaptation of a book:

etc...
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Best Reality Show - now there's an oxymoron for you...
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Oh, and Nick Offerman. He should be in there with Danny Pudi. But Pudi FTW.
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Surely the Emmys will be a frustrating disappointment again this year, but I have your picks to bring me comfort. Danny Pudi so deserves an Emmy. And I hope Community at least gets nominated, but I won't get my hopes up.
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Community's not that good - sorry folks...
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I would agree that it's not as good as some of the fans here are saying, especially now that we're talking about season 3, which was significantly worse than the first two. But it's certainly better than Modern Family which gets an absurd number of nominations. Last year, every single adult member of the cast, except for the one who plays a teenager, got nominated for Emmys in acting categories. That's six acting nominations for MF, and none for Community, even though Danny Pudi and Donald Glover are clearly better than everyone on MF.
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Outstanding Drama Series:

Breaking Bad

Treme

Southland

Boardwalk Empire

Luck



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Joel Kinnaman, The Killing



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Juliana Margulies, The Good Wife



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Laurie Holden, The Walking Dead



Outstanding Comedy Series:

Enlightened

Girls

Veep



Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Chris Lilley, Angry Boys

Warwick Davis, Life Is Short

Jason Schwartzman, Bored to Death



Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Lena Dunham, Girls

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep



Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Mike White, Enlightened

Luke Wilson, Enlightened

Adam Driver, Girls



Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Diane Ladd, Enlightened

Zosia Mamet, Girls

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
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You've put too much effort into this and you only got a few right - which is as good as the Academy ever does. So good job, I guess.
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Well, we can't ALL put our efforts into leaving childish, snarky, predictable, arrogant comments on other people's posts like you do.
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I like her list...even though it does not agree with my list. Her list does include shows I would consider quality and actors who have done good work (though, I'd say The Killing was average/good/bad at times but actors do deserve a nomination)
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Let's please not honor Girls with anything. The entire show is nothing more than an excuse to praise unattractive young women for being "brave" enough to have sex with anything that moves.
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Jealous much?
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Liked Tim's picks and i think theyre more on par with my own. Price's were pretty bad i thought. Personal opinion obvs. The vampire diaries apparently is up there for him. Props to him for liking it but i think it's pretty stupid and yes i have seen it. It's the same as every other hot girl who cant act vampire love triangle show only cw'd. Was surprised he gave it so many noms. I thought the acting in that show was awful specially when compared to Homeland or breaking bad.
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I thought that about Nina Dobrev too, until I saw her play her second character on that show.
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Madeleine Stowe FTW! Glenn Close FTW! Suburgatory FTW!
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I could live with that!
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Outstanding lead actor in a comedy:

Louis C.K., Louie (Win)

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Joel McHale, Community

Garret Dillahunt, Raising Hope

Adam Scott, Parks & Recreation



Outstanding: Supporting Actor in a Comedy:

Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation

Danny Pudi, Community

Jim Rash, Community

Rob McElhenney, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Max Greenfield, New Girl (Win)



Outstanding lead actress in a comedy:

Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation (Win)

Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope

Ashley Rickards, Awkward.

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Courteney Cox, Cougar Town



Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy:

Alison Brie, Community

Busy Philipps, Cougar Town

Kaitlin Olson, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Win)

Casey Wilson, Happy Endings

Gillian Jacobs, Community



Outstanding lead actor in a dramedy:

Peter Krause, Parenthood (Win)

David Duchovny, Californication

Ray Romano, Men of a Certain Age

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

William H. Macy, Shameless



Outstanding supporting actor in a dramedy:

Dax Shebard, Parenthood

Willie Garson, White Collar

Justin Kirk, Weeds

Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age (Win)

Sean Berdy, Switched at Birth



Outstanding lead actress in a dramedy:

Lena Dunham, Girls

Emmy Rossum, Shameless (Win)

Laura Linney, The Big C

Katie Leclerc, Switched at Birth

Laura Dern, Enlightened



Outstanding supporting actress in a dramedy:

Lauren Graham, Parenthood

Jemima Kirke, Girls

Kristen Bell, House of Lies

Mae Whitman, Parenthood (Win)

Gabourey Sidibe, The Big C



Outstanding lead actor in a drama:

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad (Win)

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Timothy Olyphant, Justified



Outstanding supporting actor in a drama:

Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad (Win)

Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire

Michael Cudlitz, Southland



Outstanding lead actress in a drama:

Claire Danes, Homeland (Win)

Madeleine Stowe, Revenge

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men



Outstanding Supporting actress in a drama:

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire

Joelle Carter, Justified

Regina King, Southland (Win)

Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy



Outstanding lead actor in Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Jensen Ackles, Supernatural

Jared Padalecki, Supernatural

Jason Isaacs, Awake (Win)

Zachary Levi, Chuck

David Strathairn, Alphas



Outstanding supporting actor in Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

John Noble, Fringe (Win)

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Ryan Cartwright, Alphas

Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries

Robert Carlyle, Once Upon a Time



Outstanding lead actress in Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Anna Torv, Fringe (Win)

Ginnifer Goodwin, Once Upon a Time

Meaghan Rath, Being Human

Jennifer Morrison, Once Upon a Time



Outstanding supporting actress in Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones (Win)

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries
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Yeah, like that's all going to happen and who cares who wins
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I don't care who wins. I stopped caring for about 2-3 years. I just find making a list of who I'd like to win to be fun.
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Malcom McDowell for best supporting actor in a drama plz.
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Once again Tim has shown ALMOST exquisite taste...except for his ignorance of Mad Men, which is almost tragic coming from someone so obsessed with Alison Brie. Speaking of Community I am 100% behind the Britta prediction, she was the MVP of Season 3. I'd also like to see American Horror Story get some reward - it will be interesting to see how it stacks up in the Miniseries category. Also there needs to be more Boardwalk Empire.
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Drama:

Game of thrones (win)

American Horror Story

Homeland

The Killing

The Walking Dead

- just outside: once upon a time, boardwalk empire, touch



Best Actor in drama:

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Hugh Laurie, House

Damian Lewis, Homeland (win)

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Michael C. Hall ,Dexter



Best asctress in drama:

Claire Danes, Homeland (win)

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Mirelle Enos ,The Killing (clooose 2nd)

Connie Britton, American Horror Story (cloooose 3rd)

Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy



Best supporting actor in drama:

Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones (wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnn)

Conleth Hill, Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson, Game of Thrones

Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad



Best supporting actress in drama:

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (wiiiiinnnnn)

Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire



Best Comedy:

Modern Family

Big Bang Theory

Episodes

New Girl

Parks and Recreation



Biggest mistake not to nominate ALFIE ALLEN (Game of Thrones) !!!!

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I don't see anyone voting for Lost - what's up with that...
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That would make as much sense as voting for it when the final episode was nominated.
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I'm surprised Maisie Williams didn't appear in anyone's list too, although I agree that Game of Thrones is a worthy choice.

No mention of Touch, Arctic Air or The Firm though.

I'm guessing that because Hatfields & McCoys was only 3 episodes, it's not eligible?

Homeland & The Walking Dead I also agree with, but Nikita, Blue Bloods & Person of Interest should be on the Drama list too.

No mention of Don't Trust the B**** in Apt. 23, in the comedy list, but I agree with the inclusion of New Girl & Louie.

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I agree about Maisie. Not sure why I didn't mention her. I think she should be nominated too.
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What's this obsession with Louie - it pretty much sucks most of the time even though Chistina Applegate likes it but somehow doesn't realize that she's way funnier...

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My picks: (These are not according to the Emmy nominations or style)

Drama:

Homeland

Breaking Bad

Boardwalk Empire

Mad Men

Justified



Comedy:

Community

Parks & Recreation

Louie

Cougar Town

Happy Endings



Dramedy:

Parenthood

Switched at Birth

Shameless

Girls

Men of a Certain Age



Sci-fi/Fantasy:

Game of Thrones

Fringe

Doctor Who

The Vampire Diaries

The Walking Dead



Cartoon:

Archer

Legend of Korra

Young Justice

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Tron: Uprising



Action/Spy:

Nikita

Chuck

Person of Interest

Burn Notice

Covert Affairs
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Winners:

Drama: Homeland

Comedy: Louie

Dramedy: Parenthood

Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Game of Thrones

Cartoon: Young Justice

Action/Spy: Nikita
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Where's Veep? Now that's a mistake if I've ever seen one.
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Nice list, I pretty much agree. And its great to see analysts who don't constantly suck up to Mad Men, I freaking hate that show with a passion.

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It's overrated to be sure...
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