Gold Derby has exclusively dug up the titles of the six episodes to be entered by many of the top contenders in the Emmy races for Best Drama and Comedy Series. Fascinating news: “Glee” won’t submit “Prom,” “Modern Family” won’t enter “Halloween” and “The Good Wife” will not give judges the much-buzzed-about season finale “Closing Arguments.” Network chiefs prefer to give Emmy judges other titles as examples of their shows’ best work from the past TV season. Have they made the right decisions?
“Game of Thrones” plans to invoke a risky strategy. HBO will enter the first two segments of the 10-episode series, then jump forward in the densely plotted story to give judges episodes No. 6, 7, 9 and 10. Will jurors be able to follow the action?
At the Emmys, it’s all about the episodes. Contenders win or lose based upon how smart or foolish they are when choosing the sample episodes they submit to Emmy judges. Actors enter just one. Series submit six, but voters weighing the races for Best Drama and Comedy Series only see two episodes that are among the three pairings distributed randomly to jurors.
Prior to the announcement of nominations this Thursday, the series had to declare their titles to the TV Academy in case they’re nominated. Gold Derby has unearthed the episode titles to be submitted by these shows.
DRAMA SERIES (Click Here to See Episode Titles):
“Big Love,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Borgias,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “In Treatment,” “Justified,” “The Killing,” “Rubicon,” “Shamless,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Treme,” “True Blood,” “The Walking Dead.”
COMEDY SERIES (Click Here to See Episode Titles):
“The Big C,” “Bored to Death,” “Californication,” “Community,” “Entourage,” “Episodes,” “Family Guy,” “Glee,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Hung,” “Louie,” “Modern Family,” “Raising Hope,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” “United States of Tara,” “Weeds.”
Gold Derby also has amassed what information we know so far about episodes to be submitted by the actors, but some info is sketchy and none of it is official. After nominations are announced on Thursday, contenders have a few days to send over to the TV academy the DVD of the episode they officially wish to enter. Click the links below to see what we’ve learned from stars’ publicists, network execs and our own interviews with the actors.
Photo: The “Mother’s Day” episode of “Modern Family,” which is one of the series six entries in the Emmy race for Best Comedy Series. (ABC)