Gold Derby TV Awards 2016: Voting starts today!

Emmy ballots were released on June 13, but the awards voting that really counts begins today. You can now vote for nominees for the 13th Annual Gold Derby TV Awards, honoring the best TV from the eligibility period of June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016; Gold Derby observes the same hanging-episodes rule as the Emmys, which means the final June episodes of shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” are also eligible for consideration.

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Last year “Game of Thrones” dominated the Gold Derby Awards, winning all six awards it was nominated for, including its first ever victory for Best Drama Series. It also claimed Best Drama Supporting Actor (Peter Dinklage), Best Drama Supporting Actress (Lena Headey), Best Drama Guest Actress (Diana Rigg), Best Drama Episode (“Mother’s Mercy”) and Ensemble of the Year. In fact, the only award it lost was it itself: “Mother’s Mercy” defeated the action-packed episode “Hardhome” for Best Drama Episode.

“Thrones” is eligible in all those categories again, except for Diana Rigg, who was in 50% of episodes this season and thus will be considered in the supporting contest this year in accordance with current Emmy eligibility rules.

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Of the other six nominees for Best Drama Series last year, all but one are also eligible to return: “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” The one exception is “Mad Men,” which wrapped up its seven-season run last year. That leaves a major opening in that race that could be filled with newcomers like “Mr. Robot” and “UnReal,” or returning dramas like “The Leftovers,” “Downton Abbey” or “Outlander.”

The reigning champ for Best Comedy Series is “Parks and Recreation,” which went off the air last year and thus is ineligible to return. Another Best Comedy contender, “The Comeback,” also isn’t coming back. The opens the door to the five nominees from last year that are in contention again: “Jane the Virgin,” “Modern Family,” “Transparent,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep.” Of those, only “Modern Family” has won the top prize before (2010-2011).

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New shows that could fill those open comedy slots include “Master of None,” “The Real O’Neals” and “Difficult People,” as well as returning shows like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Black-ish,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and “You’re the Worst” — to name just a few.

Who do you think should  be nominated and win? Visit our message boards to find out how to submit your pics. Voting closes at 11:59pm Pacific Time on July 16.

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