Thursday, July 18, 2013

Emmy Nominees: Best Writing for a Drama Series

My predictions: 1/5, picking only “Downton Abbey”

The nominees: Dead Freight (Breaking Bad), Say My Name (Breaking Bad), Episode 4 (Downton Abbey), The Rains of Castamere (Game of Thrones), Q and A (Homeland)

This is truly surprising. For the first time since it started, “Mad Men” received zero nominations in this category, a race where it had always had at least two scripts recognized, and, for three years in a row, took home the prize. Instead, Breaking Bad makes its first appearance in the category as the AMC representation with two nominated episodes, both undeniably terrific hours. Both Downton Abbey and Homeland have great episodes nominated, and I had predicted that this year’s most memorable Game of Thrones episode would be cited for its directing instead. Among the many episodes omitted from this race is the pilot for “The Newsroom,” which was embraced far from warmly by Emmy voters.

Who should win? All great choices – maybe “Say My Name” or “Q and A”
Who will win? “Q and A”

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