2011 EMMYS AWARDS Best Drama and Best Comedy Series PREDICTIONS

2011 EMMYS AWARDS Best Drama and Best Comedy Series

BEST DRAMA SERIES
 

This, along with Best Actor in a Drama Series, has to be the strongest category in years. I would swap Dexter for Justified or even Fringe, but seriously, who’s going to argue when the Television Academy finally got their heads screwed on right and nominated Friday Night Lights AND Game of Thrones?

DEXTER
 

I gave up on Dexter a long time ago, and it’s definitely the draw of the acting and not any structural or thematic element which keeps me in the loop on this show. It also has no hope of winning.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
 

Again, no hope of winning, but to get a nomination in its final season is gratifying…though it does mean Friday Night Lights will forever be excluded from the indignant “snubbed” category where classics like The Wire and Battlestar Galactica roam.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE
 

BOARDWALK EMPIRE A Return to Normalcy

I have a sneaking suspicion that season two will be better than season one, which was super stylish and very suave, but was more clinical than emotional, more cerebral than heartfelt. Still, it’s very likely we’ll be seeing the cast and crew get up on stage on the 18th.

THE GOOD WIFE
 

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) Killer Song

It’s the only network show in the mix (a record in itself) and a damn good show at that, The Good Wife’s second season was fabulous but will it be enough to win? Possibly: if there is the so-called backlash against cable which pundits are touting.

MAD MEN
 

Mad Men "The Beautiful Girls"

The stylish show’s fourth season was even better than the three preceding it (minus Don’s internal monologue and diary entries), if you can believe it. By all accounts we’ll be seeing Matthew Weiner and co taking the top prize for a record-tying fourth year in a row. Unless…

GAME OF THRONES
 

game of thrones hbo dragons

Clearly, it’s not going to win. It didn’t do half so well in the Creative Arts Emmys (despite that iconic pic above!) as many predicted, only nabbing one award (title design). It’s a fantasy show and we should be grateful it even got nominated…but wouldn’t it be so cool to see Khal Drogo mount the stage? Wouldn’t it? It’s not gonna happen…it can’t…but…maybe the Television Academy members are aware, maybe they know…winter is coming!

BEST COMEDY SERIES
 
GLEE
 

GLEE "Born This Way" Season 2 Episode 18

Yeah…so…apparently this is still a thing…

THE OFFICE
 

The Office

Even though I didn’t watch an episode of The Office this year, it ranks higher than Glee by virtue of not insulting humanity. Would I have preferred to see Louie here? Duh. But whatevs. (am I articulate or what?)

30 ROCK
 

This fifth season of 30 Rock was hilarious, but it’s unlikely to win for the fourth year. Unlike Mad Men, the show’s latest season wasn’t knock your socks off great, and Comedy Series faces some steep competition.

THE BIG BANG THEORY
 

With the introduction of more female characters, the show illustrated that it was capable of changing out of a format infamous for rigidity and the most watched comedy on television finally has the critical acclaim to back up its commercial appeal.

MODERN FAMILY
 

MODERN FAMILY (ABC) Mother's Day

After sealing up four out of the six slots for Best Supporting Actor and two of the six slots for Best Supporting Actress, it’s pretty clear this is the most beloved comedy. Plus, it’s got that whole topical importance the Emmys love to pretend to care about. Another reason why last year’s winner might pick up the gold again? It’s seriously funny, heartwarming and it’s easily one of the best comedies on television right now.

PARKS AND RECREATION
 

PARKS AND RECREATION "Harvest Festival" Season 3 Episode 7

But is it too soon to declare this my favorite comedy of all time? Maybe, but thank you to the academy for nominated the most hilarious, heartfelt, loveliest show on television. It’s just so good! Will it win….if the members of the Television Academy actually watch the show, it might. Then again, the lack of a nomination for Nick Offerman is telling.

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