2013 Emmy Nominations Review (Comedy and Drama Series) – Who Should Win?
For the next few weeks I will be reviewing the nominations of all the major categories. For the Drama and Comedy categories, the actors will have to choose one episode that represents their best performance for Emmy consideration. I will use these episode submissions (along with some other factors) to determine who I believe deserves the Emmy the most. Bookmark this website or subscribe to be updated on new posts and categories.
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Here are the nominees for Outstanding Comedy Series…
The Big Bang Theory
Right now, it looks like this may come down to Modern Family vs. 30 Rock (although, I’m not making an “official” prediction yet). If Modern Family wins, this will be the show’s 4th win. If 30 Rock wins it’ll also be the show’s 4th win. However, the difference between the two shows is that this is 30 Rock‘s last chance, while Modern Family will probably have more chances in the future years. Another difference is that 30 Rock is a better, funnier show in every way imaginable. I have to admit, this category may have been a little “unexciting” for the last six years. The idea of either show winning a 4th Emmy doesn’t thrill me too much, but I’d much rather see my favorite overall show 30 Rock get one last farewell trophy after a three year “hiatus” than see Modern Family get a 4th straight Emmy. So, in my personal ranking - Modern Family is 4th while 30 Rock is 3rd…but by a pretty large margin.
In 5th place is Girls. As a 21/22 year old, Girls (and Lena Dunham’s voice) can be pretty relatable sometimes. Although I didn’t think this second season was as “funny” as the first, I really appreciated some of the risks the show took – from “One Man’s Trash” to Marnie’s new found singing “talent,” there was a lot to like about this season. But I simply don’t think the show has reached its full potential. I don’t think the show is on “solid footing” as much as the shows above it. I can’t come up with any other reason for its placement. As for The Big Bang Theory.There was a time when I really liked/admired this show. But I think I rooted for the show because I felt there was a time when it was being overshadowed by inferior CBS comedies like Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother. But now that the show has surpassed both of them in terms of viewers and critical reception, I…sorta don’t have that same admiration anymore. I still enjoy the show from time to time. And it’s probably the most consistent multi-camera comedy out there (probably second to ANT Farm, but that doesn’t really count). But it’s just not as daring, interesting or even funny as my top 4. I don’t want to see it win. Its crazy high ratings should be award enough.
Despite its comparatively rocky season, I am still so glad Louie was finally able to get a Comedy Series nomination. The show deserves it. And, yeah, this third season had some pretty terrible moments (like that kid shitting in Louie’s bathtub), but when the show was good (Daddy’s Girlfriend Part 2, Miami, New Years Eve, Late Show trilogy, Melissa Leo), it was magical. I’d rather see Louis CK win for his work for the whole season rather than for writing a mediocre episode. However, for the second year in a row, my absolute number 1 choice is the hilarious, irreverent, creative, well-acted and written Veep. This show has the best cast on television and this season the writers utilized them more, instead of focusing most of their energy on JLD’s Selina. I just find this show so endearing and so hilarious. There are not enough episodes in a year and I’m already looking forward to season 3 when we see Selina actually run for President and all the hijinks that would ensue. I’m usually a big believer in the idea that, in general, the broadcast networks still make the best comedies…but this is a cable comedy that works best in a cable environment and is better than anything on network TV right now.
Here are the nominees for Outstanding Drama Series…
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
House of Cards isn’t a show I’m terribly familiar with. However, I’ve seen four episodes…and I haven’t been completely impressed with what I’ve seen so far. I wish I had the time and interest to watch the whole season to make this ranking more fair, but…I don’t; and I feel comfortable with my position. It’s 6th. At 5th is a show I do watch regularly: Mad Men. You know, I really appreciate and admire this show. It has a 99% success rate in terms of authenticity. I’m glad Matthew Weiner has restrained himself from making the show crazier and “weirder” than it needs to be. Mad Men has never been my top choice to be honest. However, the wins never much bothered me TBH because I think, for the first five seasons, the show was literally getting better and better. However, this sixth season was more of a valley than a hill. Between the uninteresting affair Don had with Sylvia, to the further marginalization of the female main characters, this season wasn’t the show’s best. I don’t think Mad Men will be winning in this category this year, and I certainly don’t think they deserve to. Hopefully their last season next year will bring the heat.
The next three shows up my ranking are a little muddled. I really enjoyed watching both Homeland and Downton Abbey this season. But…both shows definitely had their issues. Downton Abbey gave us great things like Sybill’s death (not that I’m happy the character is gone but the ordeal gave us a great episode and some excellent performances), weddings gone wrong, and a fun game of cricket. However, so much of the season was taken over by dumb boring stuff like Bates’s too long prison stay and Matthew being…Matthew. As for Homeland, even at its most convoluted and unbelievable, the show always made me wanting more and always kept me on the edge of my seat. However, I found the confrontation “scene” between Carrie and Abu-Nazir to be unnecessary and way too calculated. I’m not the only one who has these opinions. Both these shows have gotten criticism from both audiences and critics. However, even though I’ve only seen a few episodes, I would rather see Game of Thrones win because 1.) unlike the other two shows, it has never won a Series (or Movie/Miniseries) award, 2.) most people who actually watch the show regularly seemed to have really enjoyed it and had very little ill will against the season and 3.) that red wedding was one of the craziest things I’ve seen on TV all year. I think it’s time for a “genre show” to win!
Scratch that. More importantly: it’s time for Breaking Bad to win. Breaking Bad could probably win for their last season…but why wait a full year for that? I say the show should win now. Not only because the show is really overdue…but because after rewatching this last season (mostly for these Emmy posts), I appreciate this first half of season 5 more than I already did. The writing is practically perfect – filled with drama, intelligence, and humor.The direction is beautiful (esp. those wide shot scenes in the Albuquerque desert). The acting is grade A. There really isn’t a bad apple in the bunch (even the underrated Betsy Brandt and Bob Odenkirk). Yes, this 8-episode block was mostly “lead up” for the next 8 episodes…but the “lead up” was entertaining nonetheless. If Mad Men can win for 4 years in a row…then Breaking Bad should win for its last two…(unless The Good Wife unexpectedly gets back in the game next year…then I would be forced to root for that show again.)
Sigh…this is my last Emmy review post. I’m not going to review the “Creative Arts” categories (or Realty and Variety for that matter). I just don’t have the time and passion for those categories this year. HOWEVER…
Official, objective predictions will be revealed closer to the ceremony’s air date. More categories coming soon! Thanks for reading. Click here for more Emmy posts.