Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Emmy Predictions: Best Directing for a Drama Series

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 14th. Chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees:
One Minute (Breaking Bad)
The Getaway (Dexter)
The End, Parts 1 & 2 (Lost)
Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency (Mad Men)
Do You Know What It Means? (Treme)

The top contenders:
Anastasia (Boardwalk Empire)
The Emerald City (Boardwalk Empire)
Pilot (Boardwalk Empire)
In the Beginning (Dexter)
Always (Friday Night Lights)
Baelor (Game of Thrones)
A Golden Crown (Game of Thrones)
Winter Is Coming (Game of Thrones)
Closing Arguments (The Good Wife)
Song beneath the Song (Grey’s Anatomy)
Pilot (The Killing)
Missing (The Killing)
The Beautiful Girls (Mad Men)
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (Mad Men)
The Rejected (Mad Men)
The Suitcase (Mad Men)
The Summer Man (Mad Men)
Tomorrowland (Mad Men)
Waldorf Stories (Mad Men)
Pilot (Shameless)
Days Gone Bye (The Walking Dead)

The roundup: Though only ten shows are seriously in the running, several – namely the HBO and AMC series – have submitted so many strong episodes that it’s near impossible to determine which of them will ultimately make the cut. This is a category where new shows that might earn next to recognition in other categories can be recognized, which means that the pilots of Game of Thrones, The Killing, and The Walking Dead all have a great shot. The Martin Scorsese-helmed pilot of Boardwalk Empire is a lock, and “The Suitcase” is probably the standout episode of Mad Men. While such a high number of pilots aren’t usually included, that does make sense as a logical list. Watch out for plenty of other “Mad Men” episodes, the “Missing” episode of “The Killing,” as well as the Friday Night Lights series finale.

The predicted nominees: Pilot (Boardwalk Empire), Winter Is Coming/Pilot (Game of Thrones), Pilot (The Killing), The Suitcase (Mad Men), Days Gone Bye/Pilot (The Walking Dead)

The predicted winner: Pilot (Boardwalk Empire)

Next up: Best Writing for a Drama Series

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