The 63rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set for Sunday. While other people who may or may not blog for this particular newspaper seem to love to write about things they have no business writing about, I feel it imperative to offer a quick rundown of what may come on Sunday. I mean, come on. TV is in this blog’s title twice. How could I not talk about the Emmys?
That said, expect a follow-up early next week, taking a look at how incredibly wrong all of my predictions were and how excited I was to see Hugh Laurie finally win something. Below, you will find predictions for Best Actress (comedy), Best Actress (drama), Best Actor (comedy), Best Actor (drama), Best Comedy and … you guessed it … Best Drama. They will be quick and to the point and also accompanied by who some of the most respected critics think should win.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Sunday and will air on Fox. Jany Lynch is set to host, and that would suggest that unfortunately, we can expect various incarnations of sketches pertaining to “Glee.” As for now, have a look at the following. Agree. Disagree. It’s all in good fun. Enjoy.
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Nominees: Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Laura Linney, “The Big C”; Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”; Martha Plimpton, “Raising Hope”; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
My Pick: I’d love to see Tina Fey win if for no other reason than “30 Rock” is on its last breath and an Emmy win from her might be enough to allow the series at least two more seasons. Plus, well, “30 Rock” is the best show on television today, still. But taking my blurred vision goggles off, my money is on Laura Linney. She’s every critic’s darling, anyways, and “The Big C” is a pretty good show (where else could you find the girl from “Precious,” Stringer Bell from “The Wire” and the always charming Oliver Platt parading around on your television set at the same time?). Besides, it made me cry a grand total of three times during its inaugural season. It’s got to go to her, right?
Everyone else’s pick: All signs indicate that this is who pretty much everyone else in the world thinks is going to win. No arguments here.
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Nominees: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Louis C.K., “Louie”; Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
My Pick: Didn’t the guy from “The Big Bang Theory” take this last year? Yuck. And more yuck. Take everything I said about Tina Fey and roll that into a sentence about Alec Baldwin. “Louie” is a show everyone can’t get enough of, but it’s too hit-and-miss for him to win on his first try. And while Matt LeBlanc should win, considering his portrayal of himself on “Episodes” was brilliantly funny beyond words, my pick is going to have to be Steve Carell. Sure, “The Office” hasn’t been as good as it once was, but this is his final shot and considering he has been nominated for this 3,927 times, one would have to think Emmy will shine on him as he makes his way to the door. There’s always next year, Matt.
Everyone else’s pick: It seems the same train of thought is shared with the big-time writers. Some may lean toward Louis C.K., but most everyone else believes this is Carell’s year.
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Nominees: Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”; Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”; Mireille Enos, “The Killing”; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
My pick: Oh, come on. Give it to Elisabeth Moss for once! Please! Two exclamation points should do the trick. Of course Julianna Margulies will win this if for no other reason because I still haven’t seen a second of “The Good Wife.” So yes, my pick for this category comes from a show I know absolutely nothing about. Still, if Peggy Olson wins, I may leap from my second-floor balcony in joy.
Everyone else’s pick: Kathy Bates or Mireille Enos. Wait, who? No, silly, I know you know who Kathy Bates is, and you’ve probably even stumbled upon a few seconds of “Harry’s Law” while you were cooking popcorn in the other room or something. But Mireille Enos? She’s from “The Killing,” and she’s also the woman most think has a great shot at winning this award. The only problem? Everybody hated the season finale. Like, really, really hated it. Will Emmy hold it against her? I guess we’ll see.
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Nominees: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Kevin Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House”; Timothy Olyphant, “Justified”
My Pick: Let’s go Hugh Laurie! Though I’d be content with a Jon Hamm sighting as well. Just please, whatever you do, don’t give the trophy to Steve Buscemi. I haven’t been able to take him seriously since “Reservoir Dogs.” Plus, “Boardwalk Empire” took far too long to gain its footing. Next year? Sure. This year? Well, if you consider the season as a whole, it would be unfair to a Mr. Laurie or a Mr. Hamm, two actors who have put in the time and so far have nothing to show for it.
Everyone else’s pick: Jon Hamm, actually. With Bryan Cranston out because “Breaking Bad” took some time off, this is the first time Don Draper will have a chance to take this award home with him. So, well, everyone believes he’s a shoe-in. Poor Dr. House.
Nominees: “30 Rock”; “The Big Bang Theory”; “Glee”; “Modern Family”; “The Office”; “Parks and Recreation”
My Pick: Come on, now. Do I even need to write these words down? It rhymes with “Schmirty” and “Schmock.”
Everyone else’s pick: “Modern Family,” and that’s OK. Practically each member of the cast is up for an individual award, and you can’t help but root for it, even when you heart lies somewhere else. Besides, it’s funny. When a show that’s actually funny wins, everyone can sleep a little better.
Nominees: “Boardwalk Empire”; “Dexter”; “Friday Night Lights”; “Game of Thrones”; “The Good Wife”; “Mad Men”
My Pick: I said this months ago, and I’ll say it again: If “Friday Night Lights” wins, that would be fabulous. Actually, beyond fabulous. But speaking in a more practical tone, why are we to believe “Mad Men” won’t win again? Some thought last season was down (though that group of people does not include me), but the show is going to be out of contention next year because of all those idiotic contract disputes the people behind the scenes had to suffer through over the last few months. Just wait your turn, “Boardwalk Empire” or “Game Of Thrones.” You’ll get your shot next year.
Everyone else’s pick: Just like “The West Wing,” “Mad Men” is set to take its fourth straight Emmy for Best Drama. Take that Aaron Sorkin.