There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing the same performers and shows win Emmys year after year after year, making the entire process seem like nothing more than yawn-inducing TV repeats.
My personal plea to this year’s Emmy voters is to reward new blood in as many categories as possible. With so many worthy contenders itching to hear their names called for the first time, this is the perfect time for the TV academy to shake things up. Out with the old, in with the new!
Sure, I’ll concede that occasionally there’s one specific show or one outstanding performer that deserves more than a single trophy. Four-time champ “The West Wing” comes to mind. So does thrice-winning Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad“).
But for every repeat winner there are a slew of deserving nominees that never got their due.
It feels almost criminal that Steve Carell never won an Emmy for “The Office,” but with Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock“) and Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory“) all gobbling up multiple Emmys, Carell was forced to go home empty-handed.
Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“), Hugh Laurie (“House“) and Michael C. Hall (“Dexter“) gave some of the best dramatic performances of the decade, but they never won because of the Emmys’ fondness for triple-crowning winners Cranston and James Spader (“The Practice”/”Boston Legal”).
And then there’s two-time champion Blythe Danner (“Huff”) who ensured that deserving supporting ladies like Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy“), Chandra Wilson (“Grey’s Anatomy”) or CCH Pounder (“The Shield”) never claimed Emmys for their brilliant dramatic roles.
This year, Gold Derby’s experts, editors and users are predicting that a hoard of last year’s winners will hear their names called again on Emmy night, but my fingers are crossed that some of these predictions don’t come to pass. It’s time to get down and dirty and choose which new faces I’d rather see take their first trips to the podium in 2013.
Three-time undefeated Best Comedy Series champ “Modern Family” is predicted to win a fourth trophy; if I had it my way, that race would go to the nominee that made me laugh the most this year: “Veep.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is predicted to win Comedy Actress again, but if I could spread the wealth away from the three-time career champion (“Veep,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Seinfeld”), I’d make sure Amy Poehler finally got her due for her emotional wedding episode of “Parks and Recreation.”
Ty Burrell has the best odds to win Comedy Supporting Actor for a second time, but I’d much rather see TV veteran Ed O’Neill claim his first-ever Emmy award. This is also O’Neill’s best season on “Modern Family” to date, as his aging character got a new lease on life thanks to his newborn son.
Over in the race for Best Drama Series, “Homeland” and “Breaking Bad” are expected to battle it out to the finish line, but since the anti-terrorism series just won last year, I’d be a fool not to tread lightly and vote for Walter White‘s meth empire.
Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are both predicted to repeat their leading wins from last year for “Homeland,” which would be a new Emmy record. But come on, Emmy voters, why not give some love instead to hot new performances from Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“) or Kerry Washington (“Scandal“) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards“) or Jeff Daniels (“The Newsroom“)?
And I just don’t know what I’ll do if Maggie “Stay-at-Home” Smith wins a third Emmy for “Downton Abbey,” when her Drama Supporting Actress competitor Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) clearly has one of the best episode submissions of this Emmy season (“Fifty-One”) in terms of impact, empathy and range.
What do you think, Derbyites?
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