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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    #352223

    My favorite categories at the Emmys are always the writing categories. That’s because I’m a writer myself and because they’re the ones who have given us pleasant surprises over the years like “Buffy,” “The Wire,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Community,” “Treme,” and other programs that weren’t embraced in most other marquee categories.

    What I’m msot hoping for: “Looking,” “Rectify,” “The Americans,” “Masters of Sex,” “Togetherness” — things we’re not expecting to make big impacts overall.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    #352225

    Rectify and Justifed would be at the top of my list.

    I almost wrote “Rectified”  – heh. 

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the “Justfied” finale in the mix for writing, even if the show doesn’t get much more than that.

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    eastwest
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    I’m going for “Jane the Virgin” in comedy and “The Americans” for drama. The pilot for “Jane the Virgin” is excellent. Plays with the telenovela genre in a smart way. Either of “The Americans” episodes would be worthy options. Those haunting scenes between Elizabeth and Betty and the reveal were some of the big drama moments from this past season.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Nothing about Jane the Virgin is excellent. -_-

    I would love to see Justified finale, anything from The Americans, anything from Masters of Sex, anything from The Comeback, and anything from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

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    Amanda Spears
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    Parks and Recreation finale I think we’ll see nominated.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    All about Jane is excellent. I will love if they got a nom. Smart and with full of heart…
    best new series this year. 

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    Riley
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    The fifth slot in drama is wide open and ripe for a “pleasant surprise”.  I have Better Call Saul in for its pilot, Game of Thrones in for its one submission and Mad Men in for its finale and something else.

    Beyond that, it is anyone’s game.  Mad Men might be the obvious choice, but it would be weird for them to go from two years with no nominations to three nominations in one year.  Plus they submitted six episodes, so there is bound to be some vote splitting, especially with “Time & Life”, “Lost Horizon” and “The Milk and Honey Route” on such level ground.

    I would love to submit The Americans, but they submitted their two most acclaimed episodes of the season.  This sounds like a good thing, but how are voters supposed to choose between them?  It is not like both are going to be nominated when it has fared so poorly thus far at the Emmys.

    House of Cards only submitted three episodes, but there is again not one submission that stands above the rest.  Should voters mobilize support around the Christian Camargo episode that Netflix even screened at a House of Cards Emmy event or should they vote for the finale?  And although House of Cards is a heavy contender for drama series, I could easily see them faltering with the Emmys.  This season of House of Cards took a beating from the critics and the writers’ branch often lines up with the critics, hence this thread.  This is not to mention that the writers were never that high on the show in the first place, seeing as it missed a very attainable nomination for its pilot (and first season).

    Orange is the New Black submitted six episodes.

    Downton Abbey is a contender submitting a single episode as always.  But that did not work for them last year and like House of Cards, this is not a critical favourite.  Plus we all know how hard it is to get back into an Emmy race once dropped.

    Boardwalk Empire has never been nominated for writing at the Emmys, but it got two episodes in at the Writers Guild this year (after zero last year).

    The pilot of The Leftovers was nominated as a movie by the WGA and Damon Lindelof was nominated five of six years for Lost.

    The Affair has a showy pilot and it did get a New Series WGA nomination, but why did it not get an episodic nomination?

    The Good Wife won the episodic category at WGA, but that same episode was unable to get an Emmy nomination last year and it was their only submission.  They submitted two episodes this year and have some bad buzz.

    Breaking Bad got dual nominations here the last two years, so what about “Five-O”, “Pimento” or “Marco”?  If Better Call Saul gets multiple nominations, will Mad Men still be able to or does that open up a slot?

    Rectify randomly got a Writers Guild nomination this year, not having been nominated anywhere for its first season.  But the show is even flying under the radar with critics as it reaped a total of one nomination between the two critic awards groups.

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    jacob121
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    I have a feeling that Bloodline will sneak in for that final writing slot. They only submitted one episode and it is by far their strongest. I believe Damages got a writing nomination for its first season as well so we know that Emmy’s are a fan of the Kessler’s writing style. 

    I wouldn’t count out Justified or The Americans sneaking in either but I think they both shot themselves in the foot by submitting too many epsidoes never having broken into the category before.

    I do not have Better Call Saul making it in. I seem to be a bit cooler on its chances overall than this board seems to be. Breaking Bad, it is not. I also know that this board is pretty down on the Affair’s chances in general but I do not see the writer’s branch resisting such a showy and stylish pilot.

    For Drama at the moment I have: Mad Men x 2 (finale and maybe Lost Horizon?), GOT, The Affair, Bloodline 

    Next in Line: Justified, HOC, The Americans

    I would love if somehow an episode from Master of Sex’s underrated second season got in but I’m not holding my breath.  

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    Probably Bloodline and The Affair (for episode 9 eventhough it is most likely the Pilot will get that nomination). I wouldn’t be surprised to see “Devil you know” from Boardwalk Empire there too.

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    Riley
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    I have the Parks and Recreation finale and the Jane the Virgin pilot rounding out the comedy top ten.

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    I have the Parks and Recreation finale and the Jane the Virgin pilot rounding out the comedy top ten.

    What’s the rest of your top 10? 

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    Riley
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    I miscounted: I only have Louie, Veep, Transparent, Episodes, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt pilot and the Silicon Valley episodes ahead of it, so my tenth will be “Connection Lost”.

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    I think 30 Rock’s  Tracey Wigfield can surprise for The Mindy Project’s Annette Castellano Is My Nemesis“. Hilarious and superbly written episode. She won the Emmy for 30 Rock’s Last Lunch with Tina Fey.

    And Writers Guild nominees Jack Amiel & Michael Begler could very well land a writing nomination for The Knick’s premier.

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    The Kings haven’t been nominated since the pilot episode. It’s more than time again tor the stunning “Oppo Research.”

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