September 18, 2005

2005 Emmy Predictions: Just Under the Wire

I really intended to do this a few days ago, but her I am mere hours before show time scrambling to get something, anything together. So, I apologize for this, but I felt the need to get something together. No more chatter, here are my Should/Will win choices for the big categories.

Drama Series

  • Deadwood
  • Lost
  • Six Feet Under
  • 24
  • The West Wing
  • WILL WIN: I have to say Lost, the phenomenon is to big to ignore. Even though there were spots during the season where it slowed to a crawl, I feel it will be recognized. An excellent show o be sure, but not the most deserving in my opinion.
  • SHOULD WIN: 24 should be the winner here, this past season was quite possibly it's best yet and epitomized "Must See TV."
  • OVERLOOKED: Rescue Me an excellent show, which while not recognized here, will be here possibly as early next year.

Actor, Drama Series

  • James Spader, Boston Legal
  • Ian McShane, Deadwood
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Hank Azaria, Huff
  • Kiefer Sutherland, 24
  • WILL WIN: Hugh Laurie, and deservedly so. The show truly developed over the course of the season, and Laurie helped create a complex character who could have easily slipped into parody.
  • SHOULD WIN: I am a little conflicted, as much as I enjoyed Laurie's work, I think that Kiefer Sutherland did some of his best work this season.
  • OVERLOOKED: From Rescue Me, Dennis Leary painted a compelling portrait of a fractured firefighter.

Actress, Drama Series

  • Jennifer Garner, Alias
  • Marsika Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
  • Patricia Arquette, Medium
  • Glenn Close, The Shield
  • Francis Conroy, Six Feet Under
  • WILL WIN: Glenn Close, I never got into The Shield but all I hear are raves for her work on it.
  • SHOULD WIN: Jennifer Garner, I have always liked her work and think she deserves to finally take the big one home for her top notch work.

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

  • William Shatner, Boston Legal
  • Oliver Platt, Huff
  • Naveen Andrews, Lost
  • Terry O' Quinn, Lost
  • Alan Alda, The West Wing
  • WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Terry O'Quinn, he is one of the most compelling supporting cast members of recent years.
  • OVERLOOKED: Victor Garber, he has always filled a great role on Alias. Also, Carlos Bernard who is a strong presence on 24.

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

  • Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
  • Blythe Danner, Huff
  • Tyne Daly, Judging Amy
  • CCH Pounder, The Shield
  • Stockard Channing, The West Wing
  • WILL AND SHOULD WIN: I honestly have no opinion here. So, I am just going to go with Stockard Channing.
  • OVERLOOKED: Mary Lynn Rajskub, she was just wonderful as Chloe on 24.

Comedy Series

  • Arrested Development
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Scrubs
  • Will & Grace
  • WILL WIN: Everybody Loves Raymond, I was never a really big fan of this but a lot of people are. Desperate Housewives also has a chance, but I hope not, it isn't really a comedy.
  • SHOULD WIN: Scrubs, finally some recognition of one of the best sitcoms on TV. Between it and Arrested Development, there is still hope for the sitcom.

Actor, Comedy Series

  • Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
  • Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Tony Shalhoub, Monk
  • Zach Braff, Scrubs
  • Eric McCormack, Will & Grace
  • WILL WIN: Ray Romano, see above.
  • SHOULD WIN: Zach Braff, see above. This has some good nominees, I would also be happy with Jason Bateman or Tony Shalhoub.

Actress, Comedy Series

  • Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
  • Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
  • Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
  • Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle
  • WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Would it be too much of a stretch to say a Housewives victory? I am going to go with Teri Hatcher. Not really a comedy, but she has done some very good work.
  • NOTE: Jane Kaczmarek shouldn't have been nominated, last season's Malcolm was rather poor.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

  • Jeffrey Tambor, Arrested Development
  • Jeremy Piven, Entourage
  • Peter Boyle, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Brad Garrett, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
  • WILL AND SHOULD WIN: Jeffrey Tambor for his dual work. Great comic timing is the order of the day.
  • OVERLOOKED: Neil Flynn, who doesn't love the Scrubs janitor? Apparently not the voters. Not to mention his co-stars John C. McGinley and Ken Jenkins.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

  • Jessica Walter, Arrested Development
  • Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Holland Taylor, Two and a Half Men
  • Conchita Ferrell, Two and a Half Men
  • Megan Mullaly, Will & Grace
  • WILL WIN: Doris Roberts, this is the last year the Raymond crew can win.
  • SHOULD WIN: Jessica Walter, she is simply a joy on Arrested.
  • OVERLOOKED: Sarah Chalke of Scrubs.

Variety, music or comedy series

  • Da Ali G. Show
  • The Daily Show
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien
  • Late Show with David Letterman
  • Real Time with Bill Maher
  • WILL AND SHOULD WIN: The Daily Show, where else would I get the real news?


  • Elvis
  • Empire Falls
  • The 4400
  • The Lost Prince
  • WILL WIN: Elvis, never bet against the King.
  • SHOULD WIN: The 4400, interesting new take on alien abductions.
  • OVERLOOKED: Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, wonderful set of episodes. It should be recognized here.

Made for TV Movie

  • Lackawanna Blues
  • The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • The Office Special
  • Warm Springs
  • The Wool Cap
  • WILL WIN: I am at a disadvantage, not having seen any of these. I will say The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, I've heard mixed word, but think it will take the prize.
  • SHOULD WIN: The Office Special, I'm a fan of The Office, so I had to go with it, sight unseen.

Hopefully I won't embarrass myself too much when the awards actually air tonight.


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