There are five AwardsLine Emmy issues scheduled for this year — three have come out ahead of today’s 5 PM PT deadline to submit nominations ballots for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, and two more are due in August after the nominations are announced July 18. Here are links to AwardsLine’s stories we’ve posted to keep you satisfied until nomination day.
Drama Series Overview
At a glance, this list of probable contenders for the drama Emmy will look a lot like last year’s. AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad are back. So are PBS’ Downton Abbey, HBO’s Game Of Thrones and, of course, 2012’s winner, Showtime’s Homeland. But also included among the frontrunners this year — as if the broadcast networks didn’t have a hard enough time getting any noms! — is Netflix’s first entry, House Of Cards. How will the wildcard fare against the cablers?
Kurt Sutter On ‘Sons Of Anarchy’
David Benioff & D.B. Wiess On ‘Game Of Thrones’
Andrew Lincoln On ‘The Walking Dead’
Monica Potter On ‘Parenthood’
Julian Fellowes On ‘Downton Abbey’
Robin Wright On ‘House Of Cards’
Corey Stoll On ‘House Of Cards’
Vera Farmiga on ‘Bates Motel’
Kevin Bacon on ‘The Following’
Kerry Washington on ‘Scandal’
Drama Guest Contenders
Justin Pollard on ‘Vikings’
Comedy Series Overview
The gap between Modern Family and the rest of the comedy field has been so wide that even an imperfect third season landed the ABC family comedy a third consecutive best series win last year. But Modern Family is wrapping another uneven season, and with its ratings slipping and challengers gaining on it, a fourth statuette is far from guaranteed. HBO’s Girls is coming off a Golden Globe win, there’s a growing sentiment that CBS’ Nielsen juggernaut The Big Bang Theory is past due to be recognized, and 2006 best comedy series Emmy winner Arrested Development is back. Will Modern Family’s winning streak come to an end this year?
There is probably no group of categories that has been more battered and bruised over the years than those of movies and miniseries. In addition to being combined into a single category in 2011, movies and miniseries almost lost their separate supporting categories earlier this year, but the TV Academy jettisoned the rule change before it ever went into effect. And some anti-movie/mini TV Academy execs have even proposed eliminating movie/minis from the Primetime Emmy telecast, creating a separate show that could be sold to HBO or another cable channel with a vested interest in the format. Nevertheless, the movie/mini category has seen both ratings and production increase in the past two years, which is fortunate for one simple reason: Movies and minis give the Emmy show true star power. Past winners include such prestigious performers as Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Jessica Lange and, last year, Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore. So now that movies and minis are back in full force, who are the likely front-runners to triumph this year?
Variety Series Overview
Ah, to be victorious — at losing. Susan Lucci was famous for it. So was Angela Lansbury. But the dubious crown of distinction now graces Bill Maher, host and executive producer of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, the reigning champ with 29 Primetime Emmy nominations and 0 wins. Both Real Time (15 total Emmy noms, 0 wins) and its predecessor, ABC’s Politically Incorrect (8 variety series noms, 0 wins), have garnered noms every single year they’ve been on the air going back to 1995. But they’re in good losing company: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has swept the Emmys for a solid decade.
Reality Series Overview
Considering that upstart docu-reality series like Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo are dominating ratings and pop culture, reality-competition series have largely been overshadowed. NBC’s buzzy singing contest The Voice last year injected some fresh blood into the Emmy reality-competition field, which had mostly been filled by the same shows for the past decade. In fact, CBS’ The Amazing Race has snagged the Emmy every year but one since the category’s inception in 2003. However, The Voice is coming in strong in ratings and challenging Amazing Race’s hold on the title.