Hey, Emmy voters: It’s time for new winners

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?

Do Emmy reruns make you frustrated? Or should the right person always win, regardless of how heavy their mantle already is? Sound off in the comments section below! And be sure to vote for your dream Emmy ballot in the predictions center. 

10 thoughts on “Hey, Emmy voters: It’s time for new winners

  1. The right person/show should win in the end, regardless of how many times they’ve previously won. The Emmys aren’t a charity; spreading the wealth for the sake of spreading the wealth cheapens the award. And though many repeat winners have been annoying (like James Spader), some of them have been deserved (like Bryan Cranston). Of course, “right” and “deserved” are subjective terms, so to each their own.

  2. Cranston is great, but not at the expense of Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall and Hugh Laurie.

    The late 90s was the most frustrating with repeat wins — especially Kelsey Grammer and John Lithgow running the category for a collective six years while John Goodman had to stop even bothering after seven criminal losses.

    Repeat wins for Ty Burrell and Tina Fey would not annoy me as much as those for “Modern Family” and Maggie Smith.

    I also wouldn’t mind if “Homeland” and Claire Danes sat down a season. I’m not sure I get all of the hype.

    I’m certain Lewis will win again, but Jon Hamm has such a great submission.

  3. Another one I love, but needs to take a seat is Jon Stewart–let your Comedy Central buddy, Colbert, receive the honor this year.

  4. #1 I agree with you, I HATE repeat winners unless they are far and away the best and want to see new people win.

    #2 This article should have been written weeks ago before ballots were due back. We know Emmy voters read this site!

    #3 How the HELL can you leave Jane Krakowski’s name off the list when she clearly deserves it instead of Julie Bowen winning 3! There’s your prime example right there!

  5. I like Ed O’Neill but Id rather see Tony hale win that category because he is so likeable and was so great in Arrested Development plus he has my name also I have been dying to See Amy Poehler win since 2011

  6. The author of this article says he’d like to see “Veep” win Best Comedy Series because it’s the show that made him laugh the most. As a fan of that show as well, I know that a lot of that laughter came because of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, yet the author wants her to lose to Amy Poehler. I don’t get the logic. Every year someone somewhere is saying, “They’ve won already! Spread the love around! etc.” Every year, I hate it. Do the best or most deserving people always win at the Emmys? Of course not. It’s a flawed system. Same thing happens at other awards shows. If there’s a better system out there that can help fix that problem, great. Let’s hear it. But to indicate that Emmys should spread the love because others get TOO much attention lessens the award’s value. It would become the equivalent of a soccer trophy awarded to the kids for “just participating”. What then, would be the point of the award at all?

  7. Essentially what this is is a list of shows/performers that voters will read and ignore in favor of the comfortable, more familiar choices

  8. YES YES YES to Ed O’Neill and Amy Poehler. Id also add Jane Krakowski to the list, (Julie Bowen is fantastic, but not enough to ignore Jane for 7 seasons of awesomeness. And while we’re at it…Amazing Race? Im ready for ANYTHNIG to beat that show. I dont care if Wipeout is a write-in winner, something just take it down please.

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