But in the ensuing months,
It's no surprise then that the TV academy decided this year to expand both the drama and comedy series categories to up to seven nominees, provided the sixth and seventh vote-getters are within 2% of each other's vote count. And even with seven nominees, look for plenty of anguished "snubbed" cries when Emmy nominations are announced Thursday at 5:40 a.m. Pacific time.
What else should we expect? A look at a few of the most intriguing races:
Drama series: For those late to the party: Yes, HBO submitted "True Detective" for drama, not miniseries, even though its next season won't have anything in common with its first, outside of creator Nic Pizzolatto's involvement. That placement adds to a logjam that, given voters' predilection to stay the course, could shut out worthy series looking for their first nominations. We're well past the point where rubber-stamping past favorites should ever be considered, much less tolerated. If the diminished "Downton Abbey" returns over the rejuvenated "Good Wife," "Masters of Sex" or "The Americans," we're going to show Lady Mary what moping is all about.
Lead actor, drama: At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves: Is there room left on
Lead actress, drama: Torches and pitchforks will be brandished Thursday if critics' fave Tatiana Maslany isn't nominated for all those delightful doppelgangers she brings to life on "Orphan Black." But did enough voters find the second-year sci-fi series on
Miniseries: After three years in which TV movies and miniseries were lumped together in one ungainly group, the television academy believes there's enough programming to again warrant a separation. That's great news for FX, which, between the fantastic "Fargo" and a rejuvenated, layered
Supporting actor, comedy: If there are cracks in the foundation of "Modern Family" as an Emmy-winning institution, they'll show up here first. Anything less than three nominations for the men (and with the depth here — consider "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Veep" — there should be) and we might finally see another comedy crowned in August.
Lead actress, comedy: Because they're not going to make
We don't think so.
Thursday morning's Emmy nominations will generate its share of competitive races, but none more so than in the category for lead actress in a drama series. Here are some of the favorites, and — get out your hankies — they all aren't going to make it. Here's why they are contenders:
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" (