Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Emmy Predictions: Best Writing for a Drama Series

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 19th. Please refer to my Emmy musings for this category for a detailed analysis of the contenders, and, as always, chime in below in the comments with any thoughts of your own.

Last year’s nominees: Friday Night Lights (Always), Game of Thrones (Baelor), The Killing (Pilot), Mad Men (Blowing Smoke), Mad Men (The Suitcase)

The top contenders:
The Age of Reason (Boardwalk Empire)
Georgia Peaches (Boardwalk Empire)
To the Lost (Boardwalk Empire)
Under God’s Power She Flourishes (Boardwalk Empire)
Pilot (Boss)
Box Cutter (Breaking Bad)
Crawl Space (Breaking Bad)
End Times (Breaking Bad)
This is the Way the World Ends (Dexter)
Episode 7 (Downton Abbey)
A Man Without Honor (Game of Thrones)
Blackwater (Game of Thrones)
Blue Ribbon Panel (The Good Wife)
The Good Soldier (Homeland)
Pilot (Homeland)
The Weekend (Homeland)
Everybody Dies (House)
The Gunfighter (Justified)
Guy Walks Into a Bar (Justified)
Pilot (Luck)
Commissions and Fees (Mad Men)
Far Away Places (Mad Men)
Mystery Date (Mad Men)
The Other Woman (Mad Men)
Ashes (Rescue Me)
Pilot (Suits)
Pilot (Touch)

The roundup: For the past four years, Mad Men has had at least two nominations in this category, so I think that’s a safe bet, though there are so many possible episodes that it’s hard to pick which ones will get recognized. Pilots tend to get honored in this category, and I’d favor Homeland and Boss over Luck, Once Upon a Time, Suits and Touch. I think a second nomination is in store for one of Homeland’s standout episodes, and that makes five nominees. I’d watch out, however, for any one of the Breaking Bad installments submitted, though that show has yet to crack this category, the lone submitted episode of Downton Abbey, and various episodes of HBO hits Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

The predicted nominees: Pilot (Boss), Pilot (Homeland), The Weekend (Homeland), Commissions and Fees (Mad Men), Far Away Places (Mad Men)

The predicted winner: “The Weekend”

Next up: Best Directing for a Comedy Series

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