Let’s eavesdrop on Gold Derby editors as they bitch about TV

Ever wonder what Gold Derby editors/writers say behind the scenes, quietly among themselves, when kicking back, being utterly candid? Just for fun, here is a chain of comments grabbed from our recent emails back and forth to each other about the next Emmys.

CHARLES BRIGHT: “With the fall TV season taking shape, it seems like there isn’t anything that’s shaping up to be a potential winner for Drama Series at next year’s Emmys. ‘Homeland‘ is pissing everyone off this season and while I’m enjoying ‘Downton Abbey‘ so far this season, it’s not thrilling me. ‘Mad Men‘ could be good, but I don’t think it could come back in that category after two straight shut-outs. ‘House of Cards‘ and ‘Game of Thrones’ have yet to premiere but face severe limitations in their logistics that could interfere with their chances. Could ‘The Good Wife‘ or ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ get back in these competitions? Could ‘The Americans‘ get into this race if the second season is worthy? But the thing that actually seems more and more plausible to me is a repeat win for ‘Breaking Bad,’ which I know Tom says won’t happen, but I think is very possible. Thoughts?”

ROB LICURIA: “So far, apart from ‘BBad’ final 8 eppys, I’m LOVING ‘The Good Wife.’ It’s fantastic so far!”

MARCUS DIXON: “‘BB”s final 8 episodes were so much better than the 8 that won it the Emmy. By that logic, it should be a shoo-in for another Emmy based on quality alone. But will it be remembered next year? That’s the big question for me. If it loses, the only thing I can see beating it are ‘Game of Thrones‘ or ‘House of Cards.’ Is ‘#True Detective#’ going to be a miniseries or drama series?”

RILEY CHOW: “I will reiterate what I have been saying for a month: ‘Breaking Bad‘ is unstoppable and ‘Modern Family‘ is a solid sixth place. ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Homeland’ and ‘Mad Men’ are all vulnerable.  ‘Masters of Sex‘ has been forgettable over its three episodes thus far, but I expect it to get better over the remaining nine and boot one of those from the race. ‘True Detective’ is like ‘American Horror Story,’ so it should be miniseries.”

MATT NOBLE: “Yeah, ‘Breaking Bad’ is looking strong, and I think the impact of this final season will mean that it’s remembered. The question is will another show be fresher in voters’ minds? ‘Breaking Bad’ is the show to beat. ‘Homeland’ looks like it won’t be able to overtake it at the moment (same with ‘Boardwalk,’ but that may have been out of the race anyway). No new shows yet are going to be a threat. ‘Masters of Sex’ is really good but not strong enough to win.

“Haven’t seen any ‘Downton,’ but it doesn’t sound strong enough. ‘Mad Men’ will need to have a great season. If they do, it’s possible but it’s also hard to bounce back.

“If ‘Game of Thrones‘ or ‘House of Cards‘ have even stronger and more buzzed seasons then they could be the ‘Breaking Bad’ challenger (‘BB’ would probably rather the former since, ‘HoC’ is a more academy friendly show). Yeah, this race will be so interesting to follow as more contenders enter the frey.”

DANIEL MONTGOMERY: “I think ‘Breaking Bad‘ could definitely win again, and it could certainly win two or three acting Emmys (Cranston, Paul, and Gunn all have episodes that could annihilate the competition most years), as well as writing and/or directing, but it’s too early to tell. It has been a slow summer and fall, but the drama race never really takes shape until we see what shows come around in the spring. We usually see a glut of potential contenders from January-May. I’d keep an eye on ‘True Detective.'”

ROB LICURIA: “‘Coven’ – loved episode 1. Hated episode 2.  ‘Walking Dead’ was a huge bore. I’m done with that show. I’ve just dropped ‘Agents of SHIELD.’  Nothing else premiering on the broadcast nets interests me at all. ‘Masters of Sex’ is fantastic though. Lizzy Caplan, start writing your Emmy speech.”

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