Most Emmy pundits are predicting AMC’s “Mad Men” to win a fourth consecutive Emmy for Best Drama Series, tying the record held jointly by “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing.” However, it faces a strong challenge from “Boardwalk Empire.” That freshman series from HBO won both the Golden Globe and SAG Ensemble prize earlier this year and has the pedigree of Oscar champ Martin Scorsese as a producer. Also in the running is “The Good Wife,” which was nominated for its first season as were five of the cast. This CBS hit could reap even more bids this year.
Beyond those three series, what will fill out the category? AMC is not resting on its laurels with Emmy darling “Breaking Bad” taking a break this season, and has two other worthy contenders joining “Mad Men” in this field: “The Killing” and “The Walking Dead.” HBO has the lavish period/fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” while Showtime might see “Shameless” join three-time contender “Dexter” in the top six as well. And if Emmy voters are sentimental, they might go for DirecTV’s “Friday Night Lights” for its swansong season.
Gold Derby senior editors Chris Beachum and Rob Licuria dissect this race in the webcam chat below.