Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series

The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, July 16th. 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: Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, True Detective

The competition: This year, we'll have three new nominees to add to the mix since “True Detective” is no longer eligible in this race, “Breaking Bad” ended and seven shows will now be selected. Count on the other four to return, and all but certain to join them is Orange is the New Black, newly considered a drama after a Best Comedy Series bid last year. Better Call Saul and Empire are the strongest bets to join the list, both untested as they premiered in 2015 and haven't yet had another guild heap praise upon them. The Affair, which won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, may benefit from the expanded field and could fill an open slot, though it will also face competition from former nominees The Good Wife and Homeland. I'd love to see The Leftovers make the cut, and it's always possible that Justified will be rewarded for its swan song.

The predicted nominees: The Affair, Better Call Saul, Downton Abbey, Empire, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black

The predicted winner: “Mad Men”

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