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    After a discussion on how popular vote can change winners in categories like acting from the preferential vote, I was wondering if we would see any change in the Drama Series category when the Emmys used a preferential ballot. Till date, Game of Thrones is the only show that has won under both systems.

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    I think that Comedy Series is really where a switch to plurality would change things, in favour of dramedies.

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    I think Boardwalk Empire would have won Drama Series back in 2011 under the popular vote. It had won the PGA, SAG, DGA, WGA (New Series) and Golden Globe. It had the buzz, the prestige and not to mention Scorsese behind it. It eventually lost to Mad Men S4 (it’s only victory that night). This was Mad Men’s fourth consecutive win. I feel BE was quite polarizing which was visible when it was dropped from the Drama series and Lead Actor only in it’s third season. A show like Mad Men, which was loved and respected by everyone, hence, was able to win on a preferential vote.

    I also think The Sopranos would have won sooner than S5, not sure when.

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    2008 – Mad Men
    2009 – Mad Men
    2010 – Mad Men
    2011 – Mad Men
    2017 – The Handmaid’s Tale

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    I don’t think anything would have changed. I still think Homeland, Breaking Bad and then Game of Thrones would have won.

    Luca G.

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Both The Sopranos and Breaking Bad would have more Drama Series Emmys if the popular vote system was it place. The Sopranos probably would’ve won in Season Three and BB would’ve won in Season Four.

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    The Sopranos would have won for Season 4 for sure. Probably Season 3 as well. It definitely would have also won the 2 Drama Series awards it did win, putting its total wins in that category under the popular vote to a record-tying 4. No way in hell does Mad Men win Drama Series for Season 4 under the popular vote with its only other win at all being for Hairstyling. Even without a Writing nod, I still think Boardwalk Empire would have won for Season 1 that year easily.

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    Here’s an interesting question.

    If OITNB win comedy series in its first season under the popular system, would it have had enough momentum to be a stronger contender for season 2, possibly a win, and stay nominated for seasons 3 and 4?

    Basically, how would the trajectory and momentum for the show changed if it won comedy series for season 1?

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    didn’t it go to drama in like s2?

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    Yes it did, but I’m asking about season 1, when it was a comedy. Season 1 was the only season it was a comedy at the Emmys.

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    It is interesting because I doubt that they would have reclassified it if it had actually won.

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    Yeah OITNB probably would still be in comedy and I imagine it would have done very well there for the next few years, probably would’ve gotten a series nomination in comedy every year until now. It’s harder to guess what would have happened if it won then still moved to drama. I’m guessing it would have done a little bit better coming off a win but still get way less than it would in comedy.

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