I know Mad Men is the mega buzz show right now, I know Lost fans think that it is THE GREATEST SHOW EVER ( they’re wrong). House and Dexter both buckled under their previous genius this past season, Big Love is pretty bland for something that’s supposed to be so controversial ( it’s just another family drama). Damages has bright spots, almost all involving Glenn Close, but is wildly inconsistent. My pick is the searing, surprising Breaking Bad, which is quickly surpassing even Mad Men as my new favorite cable drama.
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
I’m picking 30 Rock because the only sitcom better than it isn’t even nominated. ( All Big Bang Theory fans unite in your grief!) It’s not that 30 Rock is undeserving, it’s just that TBBT is much more consistent.
Best Television Movie
Into The Storm
Prayers for Bobby
It was just sheer brilliance.
Best Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
This is obviously a case between what I want and what I know. Project Runway is one of my favorite shows in history, but it can’t compete with the exotic locales and sheer scope of CBS multiple award winning reality show. The fact is, The Amazing Race is amazing.
Best Reality Series
Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List
Kathy Griffin FTW.
Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Show with David Letterman
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
I’m sorry. I love Jon and Stephen to death, you know it, I know it. But Bill Maher has been a favorite of mine for years. I still disagree with ABC’s decision to scrap him, I admire HBO for not letting him go away into that good night, and Religulous was a thought provoking scream. Give him a goddamn Emmy.
Best Actor Drama
Simon Baker The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne In Treatment
Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall Dexter
Jon Hamm Mad Men
Hugh Laurie House
While I’m still smarting about Hugh Laurie being Emmyless, Bryan Cranston is giving the best performance on television right now. I’m thinking Laurie’s time may have passed and James Spader has his Emmy.
Best Actor Comedy
Alec Baldwin 30 Rock
Steve Carrell The Office
Jermaine Clement Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shaloub Monk
Charlie Sheen Two And A Half Men
Without question, Parsons is putting together a comedic performance that will go down in history. There is a very thin line he dances on between eccentric genius and hateful ass, but he plays it beautifully. For a character with little insight into the human condition, Parson’s Sheldon comes off as the most human of all. A lot of that credit must go to Parsons, who has an innate goodness and loads of charm. The two headed monster that is Alec Baldwin and Steve Carrell still have an excellent chance of winning, and one must never count Tony Shaloub out ( the Emmys love the guy). But my heart and soul believes that Parsons actually DESERVES it.
Best Actor Mini Series or Movie
Kevin Bacon Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh Wallander: One Step Behind
Kevin Kline Cyrano de Bergerac: Great Performances
Brendan Gleeson Into The Storm
Sir Ian McKellan King Lear: Great Performances
Keifer Sutherland 24: Redemption
I never thought I would get a chance to see McKellen do Lear. I’m glad I got that chance, albeit on PBS. The highlight of my TV viewing life.
Best Actress Drama
Glenn Close Damages
Sally Field Brothers and Sisters
Mariska Hargitay Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick The Closer
Elisabeth Moss is so freakin’ good as Peggy Olson she has to win or there is no justice in this universe.
Best Actress Comedy
Christina Applegate Samantha Who?
Toni Colette United States of Tara
Julia Louis- Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey 30 Rock
Mary Louise Parker Weeds
Sarah Silverman The Sarah Silverman Program
Long time readers know I want to be Tina Fey when I grow up.
Best Actress Mini Series or Movie
Drew Barrymore Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange Grey Gardens
Shirley MacLaine Coco Chanel
Sigourney Weaver Prayers For Bobby
Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship
It will be either Drew or Jessica, and I’m going with the former, because we forget what a good actor she is amongst the crazy that is her life.
Best Reality Host
Tom Bergeron Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum Project Runway
Padma Lakshimi and Tom Colicchio Top Chef
Jeff Probst Survivor
Ryan Seacrest American Idol
I have a bizarre crush on Tom Bergeron. And Cat Deely isn’t nominated.
Best Supporting Actor Drama
Christian Clemenson Boston Legal
Michael Emerson Lost
William Hurt Damages
Aaron Paul Breaking Bad
William Shatner Boston Legal
John Slattery Mad Men
Best supporting categories are the most prime for surprises, though if you have seen Breaking Bad, you know this is no surprise. Paul gives as good as he gets.
Best Supporting Actor Comedy
Jon Cryer Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson The Office
Because I will not rest until Barney Stinson is awarded an Emmy.
Best Supporting Actress Drama
Rose Byrne Damages
Hope Davis In Treatment
Cherry Jones 24
Sandra Oh Grey’s Anatomy
Dianne Weist In Treatment
Chandra Wilson Grey’s Anatomy
Chandra Wilson is truly the heart and soul of Grey’s.
Best Supporting Actress Comedy
Kristen Chenoweth Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins Weeds
Amy Poehler Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig Saturday Night Live
Vanessa L. Williams Ugly Betty
Jane Krakowski is one of my favorite actresses of all time.