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66th Primetime Emmy Awards Wishlist

On August 25th the 66th Emmy Awards will take place, honoring excellence in American primetime television programming. Or so the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences likes to say to make their awards sound important and grandiose. It was my initial intention to do a post with predictions about the winners, but unfortunately they’ve chosen to not even include some of my personal favorites in the Emmy Awards 2014 Nominees List.

So instead of doing a predictions post, I’m doing a wishlist post. Since they’ve decided to omit quite a number of quality TV shows and cast members in their categories, I decided to not care about their nominees. Not claiming to be a better TV expert than anyone else, but it’s a bit apparent they’re clinging to past strong contenders. Contenders which were strong in the past, that is, but they’d rather keep giving them nominations than to give a nod to something fresh and new.

I’ve been trying to keep my Current Top TV List up to date, but since I only include currently running shows that I’m following, it does not mention certain TV shows that ended this year (and there were some good ones — heck I still can’t get over Breaking Bad!). If you’re nosy and want a full list of what I’ve watched or where I’m at with current shows, you can always stalk my Episode Calendar Profile. Otherwise, keep reading for my full wishlist of winners.

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

»» Allison Tolman as Deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo (FX)

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

»» Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson on Sherlock: “His Last Vow” (PBS)

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

»» Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife (CBS)

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

»» Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad (AMC)

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

»» Kate Mulgrew as Galina “Red” Reznikov on Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

»» Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family (ABC)

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

»» Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse on The Spoils of Babylon (IFC)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

»» Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo on Fargo (FX)

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

»» Tatiana Maslany as Various Characters on Orphan Black (BBC America)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

»» Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rustin Cohle on True Detective (HBO)

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

»» Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation (NBC)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

»» Louis C.K. as Louie on Louie (FX)

  • Outstanding Television Movie

»» The Normal Heart (HBO)

  • Outstanding Miniseries

»» Fargo (FX)

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

»» Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

  • Outstanding Drama Series

»» Breaking Bad (AMC)

Granted, out of the full list I made above only Tatiana Maslany did not get an Emmy nomination. But if one looks at their full list of nominations, they can notice quite a number of splendid TV shows are missing that should have gotten some recognition. On the other hand, after reviewing my own list I see the only repeats are Orange Is the New Black with two awards (supporting comedy actress and comedy series), Breaking Bad with two awards (supporting drama actor and drama series) and Fargo with three awards (supporting miniseries actress, lead miniseries actor, and miniseries).

Still, it’s a list of winners that I would be very happy with, though I am aware it’s not happening. Doesn’t make it any less-worthy. Yet I really hope that Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, and Fargo take home most of the awards. Out of the performances, I’d support the ones I’ve listed. Yet I wouldn’t mind Peter Dinklage for the supporting actor in drama series, Bryan Cranston for lead actor in drama series, or Robin Wright for lead actress in drama series.

Do you have any favorites? Who are you rooting for? And who are you sad about that did not get an Emmy nomination this year? Comments section is below this post!

Primetime Emmy Awards 2013

The list of nominees for the Emmy Awards 2013 is up, and so is my excitement level! Below you can see the list of nominees in all major categories as presented by the http://www.cbsnews.com website (the full list of nominees with all categories can be found on the http://www.emmys.com website), as well as what my pick is for each of these categories. My pick represents my own personal choice and my decision behind it could vary depending on performance, cast, or my own feelings toward the show. If you’d like to discuss any of my winner picks, feel free to drop me a comment. And yes, I’m well aware quite a lot of these will not be as I want them to be, but that does not mean they’re less deserving of the award.

 

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – 65th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations

  • Outstanding Comedy Series:

“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Girls” (HBO)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Veep” (HBO)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:

Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:

Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie”
Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

  • Outstanding Drama Series:

“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Homeland” (Showtime)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men” — The Phantom Child’s Choice

  • Outstanding Miniseries or Movie:

“American Horror Story: Asylum” (FX)— The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
“The Bible” (History)
“Phil Spector” (HBO)
“Political Animals” (USA)
“Top of the Lake” (Sundance Channel)

  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie:

James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C: Hereafter”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie:

Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

  • Outstanding Variety Series:

“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)

  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program:

Ryan Seacrest, “American Idol” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Betty White, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”
Tom Bergeron, “Dancing with the Stars”
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, “Project Runway”
Cat Deeley, “So You Think You Can Dance”
Anthony Bourdain, “The Taste”

  • Outstanding Reality-Competition Program:

“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
“The Voice” (NBC)

  • Outstanding Reality Program:

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” (Food Network)
“MythBusters” (Discovery Channel) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)

  • Outstanding Animated Program:

“Bob’s Burgers” (Fox)
“Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” (Nickelodeon) — The Phantom Child’s Choice
“Regular Show” (Cartoon Network)
“The Simpsons”
“South Park”

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:

Bob Newhart, “The Big Bang Theory” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Bobby Cannavale, “Nurse Jackie”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Justin Timberlake, “Saturday Night Live”
Will Forte, “30 Rock”

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series:

Molly Shannon, “Enlightened”
Dot-Marie Jones, “Glee”
Melissa Leo, “Louie”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
Elaine Stritch, “30 Rock”

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series:

Nathan Lane, “The Good Wife”
Michael J. Fox, “The Good Wife”
Rupert Friend, “Homeland”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Harry Hamlin, “Mad Men” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Dan Bucatinsky, “Scandal”

  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series:

Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diana Rigg, “Game of Thrones” — The Phantom Child’s Choice
Carrie Preston, “The Good Wife”
Linda Cardellini, “Mad Men”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”