Our frequent forum poster helmetz also happens to be a member of the TV academy in the writers branch, and this year he has revealed his choices in all categories he voted in, including the top program races. He explains, "It was very weird voting this year. With this new system, any voter who cast a ballot in a particular category in the nominating stage is eligible to vote on the final winner. For me, that meant I could now vote in all program categories as well as writing categories. A lot more watching to do!"
He voted for "Mad Men" as Best Drama Series, saying "Matthew Weiner was probably under the most pressure to create a final season worthy of his show's pedigree. And he delivered." "Mad Men" ranks a close second in our Emmy predictions, but his choice for Best Comedy Series is a real long shot: "Parks and Recreation," which he considers "the best-written comedy series of the year."
His favorites in the variety categories were frontrunners "Colbert Report" and "Inside Amy Schumer," but while he did pick "Bessie" for Best TV Movie, which won last week at the Creative Arts Awards, he voted for an underdog for Best Limited Series: "Wolf Hall."
In the writing categories, he didn't vote for our frontrunners either. We expect "Mad Men" (Drama) and "Transparent" (Comedy) to prevail, Instead he picked "Better Call Saul" ("Five-O") for the dramatic prize for "Gordon Smith's beautifully-layered script." And he went with the "Louie" episode "Bobbys House" on the comedy side: "one of the most memorable half-hours of the year," he says.
To see his complete picks along with his reasoning behind each, CLICK HERE. But if you're considering changing your votes based on his opinions, be forewarned. "As always, a warning not to put any money down following my votes. You'll lose big," he says. "But I for one am excited to see whether this new voting system will break up some of the monotony in Emmy winners. We can only hope!"
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Photo: "Mad Men." Credit: AMC
Photo: "Parks and Recreation." Credit: NBC
Photo: "Inside Amy Schumer." Credit: Comedy Central