I think we can agree that House of Cards, The Newsroom and The Americans will battle to see which one will receive the most and more important nominations from a new show. Which’s your bet?
House of Cards will get nominations in more key categories, but I expect The Newsroom to have a higher nominations total. It depends how the media spins it which one will have made the bigger splash.
I am predicting both to compete for directing, lead actor, music composition and theme music. House of Cards will actually make it into series because it has the buzz and reviews, unlike The Newsroom, which was pretty poorly reviewed. I think that House of Cards will get a lead actress nomination, but The Newsroom will ultimately get more acting nominations with supporting actor and guest actress. House of Cards should be a lock for cinematography and it is a solid bet for casting, being a new show, but HBO production values will ultimately allow The Newsroom to make a bigger splash in the technical categories, picking up nominations for art direction, editing and title design that House of Cards will miss.
I am predicting ten nominations for The Newsroom, eight for House of Cards and four for The Americans (lead actress, guest actress, theme music, stunt coordination), which is too much of a slow burn (especially compared to the smarmy House of Cards) to really register with the Emmys this year.
I could be overestimating The Newsroom and The Americans and I might be underestimating House of Cards.
As House of Cards is not on a broadcast network like the other two, The Newsroom should be front and center.
The Newsroom should get a Writing nom and a Lead Actor nom. That’s it.