Four more experts have chimed in with their picks in this year’s top Emmy races, but they can’t agree on the frontrunners.
Robert Bianco (USA Today), who led our pundits in last year’s Emmy predictions, is betting on “Homeland” to win Best Drama Series again after 2012’s upset win. He also predicts “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” and “Game of Thrones” will be back in the race this year, though he is expects a snub for “Mad Men,” which lost the category for the first time last year after a record-tying four consecutive wins. Instead, he thinks “Justified” will get the nod, which would be its first in four seasons.
Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) agrees that “Homeland” will repeat, but according to his picks two new shows will break into the lineup: “The Newsroom” and “House of Cards,” replacing last year’s nominees “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones.”
Steve Pond (The Wrap) also thinks “Game of Thrones” will get the boot, but he picks “Downton Abbey” to prevail instead of “Homeland.” The British drama from PBS Masterpiece swept the movie/miniseries races in 2011 before moving to the series categories in 2012, where it was nominated for Best Drama.