Four-time Best Comedy Series winner “Modern Family” will continue its reign when Emmy nominations are announced on Thursday morning. with another victory in the top category, nods for all six of its adult actors (including a second Comedy Supporting Actor win for Ty Burrell), and a guest bid for Stephen Merchant.
“The Good Wife” has been slipping in recent years, falling out of Drama Series and Drama Supporting Actor races in 2012, and missing a Drama Actress bid for Julianna Margulies for the first time in 2013. But according to the combined predictions of our experts, editors, and users, it’ll make a comeback for a resurgent season that included the surprise death of Josh Charles‘s character, Will Gardner.
Charles and Margulies will be back, as will the show in the top category. It will receive additional acting nominations for Christine Baranski (Drama Supporting Actress), Nathan Lane (Drama Guest Actor), and Carrie Preston (Drama Guest Actress, which she won last year).
Despite being shut out of its nominations the last two years, “Mad Men” will make another strong showing in the drama field. It will earn its seventh straight bid in the top category, and all five returning acting nominees will hold on to their spots: Jon Hamm (Drama Actor), Elisabeth Moss (Drama Actress), Christina Hendricks (Drama Supporting Actress), and Harry Hamlin and Robert Morse (Drama Guest Actor).
But even though “Good Wife” and “Mad Men” will have strong showings in nominations, “Breaking Bad” will ultimately come out on top. The AMC series has built more and more support from the TV academy throughout its run, and that will continue to the very end. For its final episodes, which aired last summer, the defending Best Drama champ is expected to repeat in the top race, in addition to a trio of repeat acting victories for Bryan Cranston (Drama Actor), Aaron Paul (Drama Supporting Actor), and Anna Gunn (Drama Supporting Actress). Dean Norris is expected to join them as a first-time Drama Supporting Actor nominee.
“Game of Thrones” will compete for Best Drama for the fourth year in a row and all three of its acting nominees from last year will be back: Peter Dinklage (Drama Supporting Actor), Emilia Clarke (Drama Supporting Actress), and Diana Rigg (Drama Guest Actress).
Freshman drama “True Detective” will also receive a trio of acting nods in addition to Best Drama: Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson (Drama Actor), and Michelle Monaghan (Drama Supporting Actress).
“The Big Bang Theory” also gets strong odds to earn four acting bids, for last year’s winners Jim Parsons (Comedy Actor) and Bob Newhart (Comedy Guest Actor), as well as Mayim Bialik (Comedy Supporting Actress), and James Earl Jones (Comedy Guest Actor). The top-rated CBS sitcom will also be back for Best Comedy. Of those, however, it’s only expected to win one – for Parsons, who would tie the record for the most wins in his category.
“Fargo” and “The Normal Heart” are the frontrunners for Best Miniseries and Best TV Movie, respectively, and they’re also predicted to earn four acting bids apiece, with “Fargo” prevailing for Movie/Mini Actor (Billy Bob Thornton) and “Normal Heart” taking both supporting prizes (Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts).
“Fargo’s” other nominees will be Martin Freeman (Movie/Mini Actor), Colin Hanks (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor), and Allison Tolman (Movie/Mini Supporting Actress), while “Normal Heart” champs Bomer and Roberts will be joined by nominees Mark Ruffalo (Movie/Mini Actor), and Jim Parsons (Movie/Mini Supporting Actor).
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