Emmy challenge: Design a prestige drama to win awards like ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

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It's well known to Oscar watchers that the motion picture academy has a preferred type. Tick the right boxes and watch the Academy Awards roll in: biographical subjects, noble adversity, heroic triumph (or tragic sacrifice, depending on your mood) – and a physical transformation doesn't hurt. But what about the Emmys? The breadth and quality of TV drama seems to increase every year, but is there an archetypal Emmy-winning drama?

We challenged our forum posters to pitch their own dramas, custom-designed to win Emmys. Read some of their ideas below, make sure to pitch your own ideas here, and be sure to make your predictions as to what will win Best Drama Series at this year's Emmys at the bottom of this post. 

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ThePerksOfBeingAGriff: A drama on HBO starring Emmy Rossum and Chloe Grace Moretz [as sisters]. It will take place in the 1950s. A golden age for Hollywoods films … Emma Thompson will have a supporting turn in this as the woman who takes [them] in while they pursue their careers in the booming Hollywood. One thing they don't know about Hollywood at this point is that the newly colorful films and actors being lauded don't truly represent how dark Hollywood actually is at the time.

Taloson: A small group of professors working at a prestigious university fight the corruption and scandals present throughout. While the university seems to be running smoothly on the surface, the school's clout is dropping and the administration is cutting corners. The professors know about the darkness going on behind closed doors, but they must fight and negotiate with school administrators while also trying to keep their jobs. What's keeping them there? The belief that they can make the university great again.

WaltEagle: Modern-day corporate Count of Monte Cristo with a shot of Wolf of Wall Street. Heir to a corporation (Idris Elba) gets framed and sent to prison for fraud/extortion, breaks out years later, and with reconstructive surgery and a new skillset returns in disguise as an entrepreneur to get revenge on the three people … who betrayed him and stole his company.

thedemonhog: Starring Ellen Burstyn, with Judy Davis and Alfre Woodard. Written by David E. Kelley. Directed by Tim Van Patten.

Tyler The Awesome Guy: A show where everyone is good-looking and sleeping with each other for an hour. Instant Emmy!

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Meet the guy who won our contest to predict the Emmys last year — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar. 

Last year, our Experts had an accuracy rate of 58.62% when it came to predicting the Emmy winners. That score tied them with both Gold Derby's Editors and the Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who did the best at predicting last year's Emmys). Our Users scored  51.72% (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.)

Which group will be victorious this year?

As some of our Users turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, it's important that you give us your predictions. Your picks influence our Users racetrack odds, which also factor into our official combined odds.

Photo: Meryl Streep at the Oscars, 2012. Credit: Jim Smeal/BEI/REX

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