Last year’s nominees: Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Justified, Mad Men, Treme
Semi-finalists: Alphas, The Closer, Damages, Hell on Wheels, Luck, True Blood
Finalists: Breaking Bad expanded its net and featured standout supporting players portraying astonishingly intense characters. Outcasts made full use of its diverse cast to create three-dimensional, gripping personalities. Boss assembled a ferocious ensemble to competently play selfish, arrogant, manipulative people. Sons of Anarchy honed in on key club members and guest stars to further embellish the show’s universe. Boardwalk Empire enhanced its period feel with strong turns all around.
Mad Men featured captivating storylines acted out with precision and skill by a more than competent cast. Homeland boasted mesmerizing characters, and its actors delivered equally compelling performances. The Good Wife continued to make its legal procedural relevant with sharp, funny portrayals. Game of Thrones made its massive and complicated universe comprehensible with layered, determined performances.
Justified continues to have the best casting in the business, incorporating new villains on a nearly episode basis, each more magnificently-presented than the previous one.
Next up: Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series