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Who Deserves an #EMMY? The TV Snitch Lists the deserving shows and actors



It’s the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards tomorrow and this year’s been one of the tightest races in recent years. Here’s my picks and which actors and shows I think the Emmy voters will award. 

Saturday Night Live alumnus Seth Meyers hosts the show for the first time. We can catch it on Monday, midnight on E!Entertainment and Tuesday 6pm on M-Net.

Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad; 
Downton Abbey; 
Game of Thrones; 
Mad Men; 
True Detective; 
House of Cards

What will win: True Detective. The HBO drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and is the breakout hit of the year. It’s dark, gritty and it’s on HBO, which is everything that Emmy voters love. 
What should win: Breaking Bad. The final season of what some call the best TV show of all time was a masterpiece. The work of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn was so great, that the show not only deserves the drama award, but also the acting awards. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad;
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards;
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Who will win: Matthew McConaughey. It’s simple. Buzz-worthy Oscar winner, doing his best work ever, in a TV show? No one would blame the Emmys for rewarding Matthew. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex 

Who will win: Julianna Margulies. This was her strongest season yet. The show itself went above and beyond this season, mainly thanks to her performance. Although she does face tough competition from Robin Wright and Lizzy Caplan's riveting performances. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey

Who will win: Peter Dinklage. He entered the fourth season finale and my, what a cracker of an episode. It’s Dinklage’s finest work on the series. There really shouldn't be a contest. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Who will win: Anna Gunn deserves the Emmy for her work as the polarising figure in Breaking Bad, Skyler White. The final episode of Breaking Bad alone, not to discount the previous seven episodes, was just amazing. She was amazing in it and I can't imagine who else can say she didn't give the best performance in her category. 

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory; 
Louie; 
Modern Family; 
Veep; 
Orange Is the New Black; 
Silicon Valley

What will win: Veep. It’s a quirky comedy, really funny, with a great ensemble cast, and it’s on HBO. 
What should win: Orange is the New Black is the hit of the year. It’s funny and while it has some deep moments, it’s dark humour at its best. The most diverse cast (it even won a creative Emmy last week for casting) and as racial as things may be, there are many funny moments on the show. 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes; 
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis CK, Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless
Ricky Gervais, Derek 

Who will win: Jim Parsons has to win again. Not that the other actors don’t deserve to, it’s just that Jim is excellent as Sheldon Cooper. 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly;
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black

Who will win: Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Selina Meyer is one of the best characters on TV and Julia plays her with so much aplomb, you can’t help but love her. 

Who should win: Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope is my favourite character on TV and it’s about time that the Academy awards Amy for her fine performance.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, Girls;
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Who will win: Ty Burrell. The Academy loves Modern Family.

Who should win: Fred Armisen. I sometimes wonder if Fred is acting on Portlandia. Half the work on the show is ad-libs and not many people can pull that off. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mc-Kinnon, Saturday Night Live
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

Who will win: Allison Janney is the best part of Mom. Without her, the comedy would be a dud and for that she deserves the Emmy.

Here's Tim Goodman and Scott Feinberg's choices of who should win at the Emmys. 

Catch the Emmy's on Tuesday 26 August on M-Net at 6pm 

This column first appeared in the 24 August issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv. 

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