Monday night is the 827th Primetime Emmy Awards, honouring what the television academy thinks is the best in prime time TV from the 2013-2014 school year. On the upside, my secret boyfriend Seth Meyers is hosting this year. On the downside, the show tends to be somewhat dull. While I do watch more than my share of TV, with time shifting (hey, we get Jimmy Fallon at 9.30 PM), and Netflix, and PVR and VOD, I tend to miss or avoid most of the real prime time programming. Here are the nominees and my picks for the major awards.... what are your faves? Best Comedy Series Big Bang Theory Louie Modern Family Veep Orange Is The New Black Silicon Valley Should win: I love Big Bang, and also loving Veep in binge sessions on airplanes Will win: the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, which I don't love and don't think of as a comedy Best Drama Series Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Game of Thrones House of Cards Mad Men True Detective Should win: The not even nominated The Good Wife, so then the terrific season 2 of House Of Cards Will win: The buzzy final season of Breaking Bad (which granted I have not seen)
Best Actor, Drama Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Jon Hamm, Mad Men Matthew McConaughey, True Detective Woody Harrelson, True Detective Should win: Spacey for House of Cards (especially as James Spader wasn't even nominated for The Black List) Will win: McConaughey for True Detective (haven't seen, this is his year for Oscar and Emmy and the world) Best Actress, Drama Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Claire Danes, Homeland Robin Wright, House of Cards Kerry Washington, Scandal Julianna Margulies, The Good WifeLizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex Should and will win: Robin Wright for her masterful work in House of Cards
Best Actor, Comedy Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Don Cheadle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie William H. Macy, Shameless Ricky Gervais, Derek Should and will win: among a weak list, Big Bang's Parsons will get his 4th win in this category Best Actress, Comedy Lena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black Should win: Poehler for the subtle and very funny Parks Will win: Emmy record holder and repeat winner Louis-Dreyfus Other "Best" TV: There are lots of other categories and nominees, I am hoping for these winners... The Normal Heart for best TV movie Christine Baranski, best supporting actress in a drama for The Good Wife Jim Carter, best supporting actor in a drama for Downton Abbey Allison Janney, best supporting actress in a comedy for Mom Jesse Tyler Ferguson, best supporting actor in a comedy for Modern Family Actors from The Normal Heart: Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts Some call-outs to the amazingly overlooked at nomination time: Bellamy Young for Scandal, James Spader for The Blacklist, The Good Wife for best drama series. and the cast and total show of The Mindy Project. What were your faves of the year?