In second place is “Breaking Bad,” which was a strong contender last year. While only one expert is expecting it to win this time around, three editors are predicting it to prevail as are 20% of our users. That collective endorsement gives this AMC crime drama odds of 10 to 3.
In third place is “Game of Thrones,” which has the support of one expert, one editor and 10% of users. That translates into odds of 13 to 2 for this lavish HBO fantasy series.
Fourth place is held by 2011 Movie/Mini champ “Downton Abbey,” which also contended in this race last year. The love affair is fading with only two experts and 2% of users casting their ballots for this Brit hit which gives it odds of 8 to 1.
But even that outpaces “Mad Men” which languishes in fifth place with only a smattering of users predicting it to win and odds of 10 to 1. Last year, it was forecast to claim this prize for a record fifth time but this AMC period piece was shut out entirely, setting a different Emmy record by going 0 for 17 nominations.
WATCH Q&As with: Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”), Rob James-Collier (“Downton Abbey”), Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men”), Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
“House of Cards” is the likely sixth nominee in this category with odds of 12 to 1. While no experts or editors foresee victory for this political thriller, the pedigree of the project with Oscar nominee David Fincher behind the scenes and two-time Oscar champ Kevin Spacey in front of the camera should be attractive enough to voters that it gets into this crowded race.
However, the time-traveling FX spy drama “The Americans” could build on its strong showing at the recent Critics Choice TV Awards as well as the upcoming TV Critics Assn. kudos and knock “House of Cards” down.
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