Emmy mystery: Can ‘Breaking Bad’ beat ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Homeland’?

Every savvy Emmy expert on the planet knows that gritty shows like “Breaking Bad” usually don’t win Best Drama Series. Voters are shameless snobs who tend to fall for stylish, uppity stuff like “Homeland,” “Mad Men,” “The West Wing,” “L.A. Law” and “The Practice” – not warts-and-all exposes about guys who push crystal meth on kids.

But “Breaking Bad” has a different kind of snob appeal. Right now it’s the hottest show on TV, adored by the coolest cats in Hollywood. It’s the only nominee airing episodes during the voting period and – yeowsa — these are the final episodes. Hollywood’s cognoscenti are boo-hoo-hooing as they say goodbye and everybody’s joining the chorus. Will a farewell hug be irresistible? Another edgy show about despicable people — “The Sopranos” – prevailed after its final season.

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Yes, “Breaking Bad” will actually have one more turn at the Emmys since these final eight episodes will be eligible next year, but teary-eyed voters may be too hysterical to make that fine distinction.

Six of the 11 experts polled by Gold Derby pick”Breaking Bad” to win Best Drama Series. Click here to see how they rank the nominees according to likelihood of winning. Click here to check out its racetrack odds against “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey.”

Below: Make your Emmy prediction for Best Drama Series now. Change it later as often as you like.


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