59th Primetime Emmy Awards: Daemon’s TV Picks

59th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards start at 8pm tonight. I used to be really excited about all the award shows, but as time goes by, I care less and less. That doesn’t mean that I won’t tune in, but I might forward through a lot of parts (did I mention I love my DVR?). I have to admit though, I am still sort of excited for tonight’s Emmy Awards.

Before the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards show starts, I thought I would do a recap of some the nominees as well as my picks for each category. We’ll see if any of them are right.

Here is the list (my picks are in blue):

Heroes
Outstanding Drama SeriesOf all four my top has to be Heroes, no doubt.

“Boston Legal” – ABC
“Grey’s Anatomy” – ABC
“Heroes” – NBC
“House” – Fox
“The Sopranos” – HBO

The Office
Outstanding Comedy SeriesI really only watch two of the five shows (Ugly Betty & The Office), so my pick has to be The Office.

“30 Rock” – NBC
“Entourage” – HBO
“The Office” – NBC
“Two And A Half Men” – CBS
“Ugly Betty” – ABC

The Ron Clark Story
Outstanding Made For Television MovieI have only seen one out of all the nominees so I guess that’s my pick by default, The Ron Clark Story (although I did add Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee on my Netflix queue).

“Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” – HBO
“Inside The Twin Towers” – Discovery Channel
“Longford” – HBO
“The Ron Clark Story” – TNT
“Why I Wore Lipstick To My Mastectomy” – Lifetime

The Starter Wife
Outstanding MiniseriesAgain, I have only seen one, The Starter Wife, and loved it, so that’s definitely my choice.

“Broken Trail” – AMC
“Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)” – PBS
“The Starter Wife” – USA

Hugh Laurie
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama SeriesIt’s really between Kiefer Sutherland and Hugh Laurie, but I think I’ll go with Hugh Laurie as my choice this year.

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer – “24”
James Spader as Alan Shore – “Boston Legal”
Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House – “House”
Denis Leary as Tommy Gavin – “Rescue Me”
James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano – “The Sopranos”

Kyra Sedgwick
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama SeriesI think Kyra Sedgwick definitely deserves that one, after all the good things I keep saying about her this shouldn’t come as a surprise. If she doesn’t get it, I am also rooting for Patricia Arquette because I love her in Medium.

Sally Field as Nora Walker – “Brothers & Sisters”
Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Patricia Arquette as Allison Dubois – “Medium”
Kyra Sedgwick as Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – “The Closer”
Minnie Driver as Dahlia Malloy – “The Riches”
Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano – “The Sopranos”

The Office - Steve Carell Ricky Gervais
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy SeriesSteve Carell, is that even a question? Although, I do have a soft spot for Ricky Gervais. I think it’s a tie for both of them.

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy – “30 Rock”
Ricky Gervais as Andy Millman – “Extras”
Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk – “Monk”
Steve Carell as Michael Scott – “The Office”
Charlie Sheen as Charlie Harper – “Two And A Half Men”

America Ferrera
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy SeriesI have to give that one to America Ferrera who is adorable as Betty in Ugly Betty.

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon – “30 Rock”
Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo – “Desperate Housewives”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell – “The New Adventures Of Old Christine”
America Ferrera as Betty Suarez – “Ugly Betty”
Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin – “Weeds”

Jim Broadbent William H. Macy
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A MovieI have only seen a few of the nominees, but I think I’ll base this pick on their previous work. In that case, my pick is a tie between Jim Broadbent and William H. Macy. They are both brilliant actors.

Robert Duvall as Prentice ‘Print’ Ritter – “Broken Trail” – AMC
Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone – “Jesse Stone: Sea Change” – CBS
Jim Broadbent as Lord Longford – “Longford” – HBO
William H. Macy as Clyde Umney & Sam Landry – “Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From The Stories Of Stephen King – Umney’s Last Case” – TNT

Matthew Perry as Ron Clark – “The Ron Clark Story” – TNT

Debra Messing
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A MovieThe only one I have seen out of the five nominees is Debra Messing in The Starter Wife, so my vote goes to her.

Queen Latifah as Ana – “Life Support” – HBO
Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison – “Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre)” – PBS
Mary-Louise Parker as Zenia Arden – “The Robber Bride” – Oxygen
Debra Messing as Molly Kagan – “The Starter Wife” – USA
Gena Rowlands as Melissa Eisenbloom – “What If God Were The Sun” – Lifetime

Michael Emerson Terry O'Quinn
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama SeriesThis one is a hard one, both Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn are amazing, so my vote goes to them. But I also want to mention Masi Oka, who is a close number 2.

William Shatner as Denny Crane – “Boston Legal”
T.R. Knight as George O’Malley – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura – “Heroes”
Terry O’Quinn as John Locke – “Lost”
Michael Emerson as Ben – “Lost”

Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti – “The Sopranos”

Katherine Heigl
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama SeriesI really have no favorites in this category, but if I had to pick one it would be Katherine Heigl.

Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon – “Brothers & Sisters”
Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Chandra Wilson as Dr. Bailey – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katherine Heigl as Isobel Izzie Stevens – “Grey’s Anatomy’
Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano – “The Sopranos”
Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi – “The Sopranos”

Neil Patrick Harris Rainn Wilson
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy SeriesOh this is so hard, Barney or Dwight? I can’t choose. It’s a tie again between Rainn Wilson and Neil Patrick Harris.

Kevin Dillon as Johnny Drama – “Entourage”
Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold – “Entourage”
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson – “How I Met Your Mother”
Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute – “The Office”

Jon Cryer as Alan Harper – “Two And A Half Men”

Jenna Fischer
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy SeriesMy first choice is Jenna Fischer (who doesn’t love the lovely Pam), with Jaime Pressly as a close second choice.

Jaime Pressly as Joy Turner – “My Name Is Earl”
Jenna Fischer
Conchata Ferrell as Berta – “Two And A Half Men”
Holland Taylor as Evelyn Harper – “Two And A Half Men”
Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater – “Ugly Betty”
Elizabeth Perkins as Celia Hodes – “Weeds”

Aidan Quinn
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A MovieMy pick for this one is solely based on my personal taste and not on having actually watched their performances in the miniseries or movies, since I have only seen one out of the five nominated. My pick is Aidan Quinn.

Thomas Haden Church as Tom Harte – “Broken Trail” – AMC
Aidan Quinn as Senator Dawes – “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” – HBO
August Schellenberg as Sitting Bull -“Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” – HBO
Edward Asner as Luke Spelman – “The Christmas Card” – Hallmark
Joe Mantegna as Lou Manahan – “The Starter Wife” – USA

Toni Collette
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A MovieAgain, I haven’t seen any of them except one (The Starter Wife), so my choice will be based on my preferences as far as actresses go. My pick is Toni Collette.

Greta Scacchi as Nola Johns – “Broken Trail” – AMC
Anna Paquin as Elaine Goodale – “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” – HBO
Samantha Morton as Myra Hindley – “Longford” – HBO
Judy Davis as Joan McAllister – “The Starter Wife” – USA
Toni Collette as Kathy Graham – “Tsunami, The Aftermath” – HBO

David Morse
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama SeriesI have to give that one to David Morse, not only have I been following his career for a while, but he was great in House.

Christian Clemenson as Jerry Hands Espenson – “Boston Legal”
Forest Whitaker as Curtis Ames – “ER”
David Morse as Michael Tritter – “House”
Eli Wallach as Eli Weintraub – “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip”
John Goodman as Judge Robert Bebe – “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip”
Tim Daly as J.T. Dolan – “The Sopranos”

Jean Smart
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama SeriesI don’t really have any favorites here. I guess if I had to choose, I would pick Jean Smart.

Jean Smart as Martha Logan – “24”
Kate Burton as Ellis Grey – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Elizabeth Reaser as Jane Doe – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Leslie Caron as Lorraine Chalmers – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Marcia Gay Harden as Star Morrison – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

Ian McKellen
Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy SeriesThis is a tough one. I think I might have to go with Ian McKellen, but Giovanni Ribisi is a close second.

Martin Landau as Bob Ryan – “Entourage”
Sir Ian McKellen as Himself – “Extras”
Stanley Tucci as David Ruskin – “Monk”
Beau Bridges as Carl Hickey – “My Name is Earl”
Giovanni Ribisi as Ralph Mariano – “My Name is Earl”

Laurie Metcalf
Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy SeriesMy pick is Laurie Metcalf. I just think she was so good in Desperate Housewives.

Elaine Stritch as Colleen Donaghy – “30 Rock”
Dixie Carter as Gloria Hodge – “Desperate Housewives”
Laurie Metcalf as Carolyn Bigsby – “Desperate Housewives”
Judith Light as Claire Meade – “Ugly Betty”
Salma Hayek as Sofia Reyes – “Ugly Betty”

Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Outstanding Reality ProgramThis one is a no brainer, Dog Whisperer all the way. I just admire Cesar Millan so much.

“Antiques Roadshow” – PBS
“Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan” – National Geographic
“Extreme Makeover Home Edition” – ABC
“Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List” – Bravo
“Penn & Teller: Bullshit!” – Showtime

American Idol
Outstanding Reality-competition ProgramAmerican Idol! Is that even a question?!

“American Idol” – Fox
“Dancing With The Stars” – ABC
“Project Runway” – Bravo
“The Amazing Race” – CBS
“Top Chef” – Bravo

For a full list head over to the Academy of Television Arts & Science