Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Emmy Race: Best Directing for a Drama Series

Last year’s nominees:
“Battlestar Galactica” (Daybreak, Part 2)
“Boston Legal” (Made in China)
“Damages” (Trust Me)
“ER” (And in the End…)
“Mad Men” (The Jet Set)

The top contenders:
“Breaking Bad” (Fly)
“Breaking Bad” (One Minute)
“Breaking Bad” (Full Measure)
“Damages” (The Next One’s Gonna Go In Your Throat)
“Dexter” (Hello, Dexter Morgan)
“Dexter” (Hungry Man)
“Flash Forward” (No More Good Days)
“Friday Night Lights” (The Son)
“The Good Wife” (Pilot)
“The Good Wife” (Heart)
“Justified” (Pilot)
“Law & Order” (Rubber Room)
“Lost” (Ab Aeterno)
“Lost” (The End)
“Mad Men” (Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency)
“Mad Men” (The Gypsy and the Hobo)
“Mad Men” (Shut the Door, Have a Seat)
“Parenthood” (Pilot)
“Royal Pains” (Pilot)
“Sons of Anarchy” (Na Triobloidi)
“Treme” (Pilot)
“True Blood” (I Will Rise Up)
“True Blood” (Release Me)
“24” (3:00PM-4:00PM)
“White Collar” (Pilot)

The roundup: After last year marked the first time in six years that a pilot wasn’t nominated in this category, I think this year will feature two freshman series debuts: “The Good Wife” and “Justified.” The former show is likely to do well in other categories, and the latter may become the fourth FX pilot to score a nod in this category. The series finale of “Lost” should definitely be in the running, whereas voters may have forgotten all about “24,” especially since Cherry Jones is out of the race. I feel like there will be a “Breaking Bad” episode here, and I think “One Minute,” which features an intense final scene, will be the one selected, though it could also be the extremely intense season finale. And then there’s “Mad Men,” which has in the past only earned one nod in this category each year. What will it be this time? Maybe the awesome finale, but I think more likely that it will be the installment where a certain visiting employee loses a foot.

Current predictions:
“Breaking Bad” (One Minute)
“The Good Wife” (Pilot)
“Justified” (Pilot)
“Lost” (The End)
“Mad Men” (Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency)

What could win? The series finale of “Lost.”

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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