August 5, 2016 at 9:57 am #1201903426
Predict and discuss the Emmy race for Best Drama Series…
BEST DRAMA SERIES
“Better Call Saul”
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
FX contender “The Americans” has its first series nomination for its fourth season. It has a total of five bids, including for its leads Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, guest star Margo Martindale, and writing. The show’s six episode entries are “Chloramphenicol,” “Travel Agents,” “The Magic of David Copperfield V,” “The Day After,” “A Roy Rogers in Franconia,” and “Persona Non Grata.”
AMC contender “Better Call Saul” has a second straight nomination in this top category. Its seven total bids this year include lead actor Bob Odenkirk, supporting actor Jonathan Banks, picture editing (2), sound mixing, and special visual effects. The show’s six episodes submitted are “Gloves Off,” “Rebecca,” “Bali Ha’i,” “Fifi,” “Nailed,” and “Klick.”
PBS contender “Downton Abbey” completes its run with a sixth consecutive program nomination (five in this category and its first with a victory as a miniseries). It has 10 total nominations this time, with the others for supporting actress Maggie Smith, directing, writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, production design, and sound mixing. The six episodes entered are “Episode 6.01,” “Episode 6.03,” “Episode 6.06,” “Episode 6.07,” “Episode 6.08,” and “Episode 6.09.”
HBO contender “Game of Thrones” is the reigning champ with a sixth straight nomination in this category. It has a leading 23 bids this year, including for supporting actors Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington, supporting actresses Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams, and guest star Max von Sydow. Others categories are directing (2), writing, casting, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup (2), picture editing (2), production design, sound editing, sound mixing, stunt coordination, and special visual effects. The six episode submissions are “The Red Woman,” “Home,” “Oathbreaker,” “Book of the Stranger,” “Battle of the Bastards,” and “The Winds of Winter.”
Showtime contender “Homeland” won this category in 2012 and has another four nominations this year. The others are for lead actress Claire Danes, directing, and cinematography. The six episode entries are “The Tradition of Hospitality,” “Why Is This Night Different?,” “All About Allison,” “The Litvinov Ruse,” “Our Man in Damascus,” and “A False Glimmer.”
Netflix contender “House of Cards” is nominated for a fourth straight time in this category. Its 13 bids this year include leads Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, supporting actor Michael Kelly, and guest stars Mahershala Ali, Reg E. Cathey, Paul Sparks, Ellen Burstyn, and Molly Parker, plus casting, cinematography, production design, and sound mixing. The show’s six episodes are “Chapter 40,” “Chapter 41,” “Chapter 42,” “Chapter 43,” “Chapter 44,” and “Chapter 45.”
USA contender “Mr. Robot” is the only rookie show nominated for the top category. Its six overall bids are for lead actor Rami Malek, writing, casting, music, and sound mixing. The six episode submissions are “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov,” “eps1.1_ones-and-zer0es.mpeg,” “eps1.5_br4ve-trave1er.asf,” “eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v,” “eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt,” and “eps1.9_zer0-day.avi.”August 5, 2016 at 11:05 am #1201903466
Thrones, easily. Not sure if The Americans or Mr. Robot will be the (distant) runner-up.
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Game Of Thrones is in a different league, after that is Downton Abbey and Mr. Robot then the wildly overrated The Americans, the boring Better Call Saul and the mediocre season of Homeland and the awful House Of Cards.August 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm #1201903521
This race isn’t even close. Some people might pretend like there is a race opening up for House of Cards but with no writing and/or directing support, there is no way Game of Thrones can lose this. It would be nice to see either The Americans or Mr. Robot win an award (like Lead Actor or Writing) this year to carry some momentum into next year with Thrones taking the year off.August 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm #1201903608
GoT wins but The Americans should win for being snubbed three times.August 5, 2016 at 11:00 pm #1201903669
Game of Thrones has it easier than last year.
We were almost at least able to identify Downton Abbey as the challenger, but then the acting branch randomly dropped the show just about entirely.
House of Cards has the opposite problem. It got a massive eight acting nominations, but is in its second year now without any writing, directing or editing nominations.
Mr. Robot also might have been a challenger, but no directing, editing or cinematography with a pilot in contention? Weak! Only one acting nomination does indicate a surplus of support either.
Better Call Saul had a decent base last year, kind of like Mr. Robot this year, so it had the potential to expand. But it missed directing, casting and cinematography again, plus it lost its slot in writing. And if voters had actually watched this season, nominations for Michael McKean and Rhea Seehorn should have been gettable. That they did not get in suggests that the nominations that Better Call Saul has are just residual, maybe even from the Breaking Bad days.
Homeland is just one of those shows like Boardwalk Empire that is going to get nominations for years because it has way more industry respect than buzz.
Good for The Americans getting its foot in the door this year in a big way. I expect a directing nomination next year and if they can break into casting, it will be in contention to win for the final season in two years.August 6, 2016 at 1:35 am #1201903704
I think it will be between Game of Thrones and Mr. RobotAugust 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm #1201904422
Unfortunately Game of Thrones has this in the bag, though I’d like to see Mr. Robot or House of Cards upset. HoC’s 4th season was FANTASTIC (and severely underrated – it actually deserves a win this year)
Mr. Robot has room to grow, it’d be pretty shocking to see a cyber-crime thriller on USA win an Drama Series Emmy for its debut season over a HBO behomoth.
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