Let's start talking about the 2013 Emmy Awards. Who do you project to get nominated (obviously most of these will be on name alone, but its still fun to look back at this time next year to see what actually happened).
Sigourney Weaver in Drama Leading Actress for Political Animals Ellen Burstyn in Drama Supporting Actress for Political Animals Shirley MacLaine in Drama Supporting Actress for Downton Abbey Jane Fonda in Drama Guest Actress (if not supporting) for The Newsroom
Connie Britton for Nashville Michael Chiklis, Dennis Quaid, Jason O'Mara, and Carrie-Anne Moss for Vegas Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu for Elementary Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn for Political Animals
Emmy 2013 FYC: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones; Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter; Katheryn Winnick, Vikings
BTW, Political Animals is a limited series. And Shirley MacLaine is guest.
Limited series just means it can go either way. It the ratings are good then we're gonna have second season. If they're not then it's gonna be just those six episodes. I hope people behind the show are smart enought to push it in drama categories. In drama categories they do not have not only a Golden Globe for Weaver but also for the show itself. If they're gonna put in mini-series then they're just gonna get nominations and only them. There's no one stopping Julie from trifecta.
There hasn't been much discussion about the awards potential of The Newsroom. Even Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip managed to get 5 nominations in its one year on the air and it had even worse reviews than The Newsroom currently has. I know the critics haven't been very kind to Aaron Sorkin's latest but surely he still has some good will in the academy?
From my perspective it seems like a longshot for Drama Series but I think Jeff Daniels has a solid shot of slipping into Lead Actor, perhaps Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda could get in for Supporting and Guest respectively. Maybe a directing nod. Other than that it feels like the show just isn't good enough to warrant awards. On paper it feels like perfect Emmy bait: Aaron Sorkin + politics + workplace drama + nostalgic feeling + HBO, how could it possibly not fall on their radar?! I just think there's too many other great dramas on television for a show like this, which would likely get in 5 years ago, to gain Emmy frontrunner status.