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  • Tom O’Neil
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    OK, let’s devote this thread specifically to the most important question at the Emmys: Can “Breaking Bad” really win Best Drama Series even though it went off the air last September? What other shows managed to win so long after their final bow? 

     

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    Riley
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    This is a recent phenomenon from the advent and rise of cable.  I doubt that you will find any examples of successes and I also doubt that you will find many examples of shows in Breaking Bad‘s position that failed.  When Sex and the City won in the middle of its run, it was for a season that had not aired since October, but they had a new season running during voting.

    I do not think that people have forgotten about Breaking Bad, so I think that it can still win.  Many fans only found the show in the last couple of years, so people are not tired of talking about it or praising it either.

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    tennisfreak
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    It probably also doesn’t hurt that voters can peruse it whenever they want on netflix when they get a break in their busy schedules. I don’t think any other serious drama candidate has that advantage.

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    I think it will based strictly on buzz and tapes. If another buzzy show came along and eclipsed its buzz, than I would think that that show would win. However, House of Card’s buzz was short-lived, True Detective came close in buzz but it has died down, and Game of Thrones didn’t recieve as much critical buzz as last year. The Good Wife has a ton of critical acclaim and buzz, but virtually no mainstream buzz. Therefore, Breaking Bad will most likely win Drama Series again. I mean let’s be honest. Its midseason finale had 2.78 million viewers and its series finale seven episodes (and a year) later had 10.28 million viewers! That has to be a record!

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    No way. Ever heard of a “goodbye hug” that Emmys are famous for? It happened for The Sopranos in 2007.

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    24Emmy
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    No way. Ever heard of a “goodbye hug” that Emmys are famous for? It happened for The Sopranos in 2007.

     

    How many shows have won for their last season? It can’t be that many. I know Barner Miller, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are other examples.

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    The thing that makes Breaking Bad stand out is that it peaked in its last season. The audience numbers exploded for the last two or three episodes, so it’s not one of those past-their-prime 30 Rock scenarios.

    If GG and SAG voters (who never liked the show) can muster up enough respect to award it drama series, Emmy voters will do it as well, especially because they actually watch the episodes.

    Plus, the advent of Netflix ensures that Breaking Bad cannot be forgotten anytime soon.  

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    I think it can, simply because it has retained all the momentum from its finale, while True Detective and the Good Wife just haven’t. I think The Good Wife is more worthy, but Breaking Bad is a good alternative.

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    Plus, the advent of Netflix ensures that Breaking Bad cannot be forgotten anytime soon.

    Bingo. Digital platforms have made it almost impossible to forget about quality shows, especially on with such strong awards history, critical acclaim, and continued buzz. Also helps that Bryan Cranston just had a blockbuster hit and won himself a Tony, also making it impossible to forget about Heisenberg. 

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    [quote=”tyman21″]No way. Ever heard of a “goodbye hug” that Emmys are famous for? It happened for The Sopranos in 2007.

     

    How many shows have won for their last season? It can’t be that many. I know Barner Miller, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are other examples.

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    I think The Dick Van Dyke Show may have been another example.  

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    Choice Chayawat
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    Though it’s not for the final season, season 4 of Mad Men won Drama Series Emmy in 2011 when the latest episode of the show had aired in October 2010. Season 5 didn’t air until March 2012.

    Breaking Bad is still one of the most talked-about shows despite the fact that it ended 9 months ago, so it’s not too old to win. But True Detective is too hot, shiny and new, buzzy a show to ignore.

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Though it’s not for the final season, season 4 of Mad Men won Drama Series Emmy in 2011 when the latest episode of the show had aired in October 2010. Season 5 didn’t air until March 2012.

    Breaking Bad is still one of the most talked-about shows despite the fact that it ended 9 months ago, so it’s not too old to win. But True Detective is too hot, shiny and new, buzzy a show to ignore.

    Wow, this is FASCINATING. Tx for reminding us of this, oops

    Sopranos isn’t a good example because while, yes, it won after it went off the air, there was only a three-month gap between final episode and Emmycast.

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    I think it’s probably the front runner for this one.

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    Marcus Dixon
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    How many shows have won for their last season? It can’t be that many. I know Barner Miller, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show are other examples.

    But how many shows DESERVED it for their final seasons? Not a lot. I’d argue that of the past 10 years, only one show deserved to win, but lost, its final season: Friday Night Lights. The vast majority of TV shows end with a whimper, not a bang. Breaking Bad didn’t just go out on top, it actually redefined how high the top can actually get.

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