Experts, editors and users agree ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Modern Family’ are Emmy frontrunners

Gold Derby surveyed a dozen Emmy experts, our 11 editors and hundreds of users to determine who is ahead in the top 20 Emmy races. Our new Emmy Frontrunners charts reveal the shows and performers who received the most No. 1 votes from these three groups.


Last year’s series winners “Modern Family” and “Mad Men” are expected to repeat. While the ABC laffer is far ahead of the competition for Best Comedy Series, the AMC period piece is in a three-way race for Best Drama Series with HBO’s lavish “Boardwalk Empire” and CBS’s legal affairs show “The Good WIfe.”

Among performers, leading the way with all three groups is five-time nominee Steve Carell who is tapped to take home his first Comedy Actor Emmy for his final season on NBC’s “The Office.” While three-time Emmy champ Laura Linney, star of Showtime’s “The Big C,” is ahead in first place votes for Comedy Actress, she faces strong challenges from two of NBC’s stars —  Amy Poehler (“Parks and Recreation”) and 2009 winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) — who both logged more overall votes as seen in our new charts touting who the “Emmy Nominees Will Be …”

Though his show may be in a battle to win its fourth consecutive Emmy, everyone thinks “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm will finally prevail after three losses in the Drama Actor race. And last year’s frontrunner on the female side, Julianna Marguiles, is far ahead again this year. However, as “The Good WIfe” star learnt last year, it is all about picking the right episode. Her poor choice allowed Kyra Sedgwick to pip her at the post and win with her fifth bid for “The Closer.”

Use the drop-down menus to explore both sets of charts to see how your favorites fared. And use this information to make or change your predictions as to what will be nominated Thursday morning.


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