Emmy nominations arrive next week and, with them, the very real possibility that voters might dodge the same-old same-old and include some of the season's fantastic freshman class. Who might make the cut? And who should? We gathered The Envelope's Buzzmeter panelists —
With the drama series category filled to the brim with returning favorites, which first-year show most deserves a place at the table: "House of Cards," "The Americans" or "Rectify"?
Roush: All three are worthy, but "The Americans" came closest to having a truly complete, rounded first season. "Rectify," for all of its qualities, felt a bit incomplete, and
Bianco: It's close, but I'd choose "The Americans" over "Rectify," if only because, at six episodes, "Rectify" seems closer to a miniseries than a series.
VanDerWerff: Of those, I'd pick "The Americans" and "Rectify" (and easily nominate either over the stodgy, staid
McNamara: "Rectify" should; "House of Cards" will. With its hypnotic cadence and exquisite attention to detail, “Rectify” wasn’t just a new show, it was a whole new kind of show, broadening the parameters of the genre in ways that will affect it in years to come. Despite its newfangled delivery system, “House of Cards” was a cable show, but it was a good cable show and put
Whipp: The hypnotic storytelling in "Rectify" makes it my favorite of the three, but "The Americans" deserves a place here too. Its spy games were every bit as absorbing as the action in
On a scale of Emmy worthiness, with a 1 being "2 Broke Girls" and a 10 being "The Sopranos," where does the reboot of "
McNamara: 5. Over-hyped and underwhelming. The second might not have been so noticeable if the former had not been true.
Whipp: I'm going to err on the high side, say, an 8 because I suspect that with repeat viewings, I'll appreciate the intricacy of the season's construction even more than I did the first go-around. And, just for its sharp social satire, the show deserves to be in the conversation.
VanDerWerff: I'd place the reboot at about a 7. Very good, and if it's nominated, I won't be upset, but it wouldn't make my personal ballot.
Roush: I gave the disappointing Netflix season a 6 score in the magazine and, with time, am thinking it's more of a 5.
Bianco: Netflix seems to go out of its way to insist it's not "TV" and not bound by TV rules. Were I the TV academy, I would have taken the company at its word. But as the shows are eligible, give "Arrested" a 5.
Roush: Chances are good we'll see a three-peat, but I'll go out on a limb and say two (show and Lewis), because of the next question.
O'Neil: One Emmy. I'm leaning toward "Homeland" to win best drama again, but it's no slam dunk. Lewis and Danes don't have such powerhouse episodes to submit to Emmy judges as they did last year, but they do have strong ones.
Whipp: I can't see "Homeland" repeating for a season that prompted a fair amount of derision over perceived leaps of logic. Danes could well win again, though. Kevin Spacey or
VanDerWerff: I suspect Danes is a lock, and I wouldn't be surprised by Lewis winning again (particularly if he submits "Q&A"), but I think the show will fall this year, either to
McNamara: None. Well, maybe Danes. The fields are so crowded this year and the second season had a lot more bumps in the road than the first.
Which series or actor would you most like to see win a nomination?
Roush: Comedy: The grievously overlooked
Whipp: "Orphan Black's" Maslany gave the performance of the year. Fingers crossed that enough people saw it on
Which series or performer do voters need to get over already?
Bianco: It's too harsh to say voters need to "get over"
VanDerWerff: In almost all cases (maybe not
McNamara: Is it just me, or is "Modern Family" getting smug?
Most deserving swan song: "30 Rock" or
VanDerWerff: "30 Rock" had one of the best seasons of a comedy last season. "The Office" ... did not, though it had some very nice episodes and moments (and nominations for its cast would be appropriate). So ... "30 Rock."
McNamara: "30 Rock."
Whipp: I loved "30 Rock's" final season and that final episode ranks as one of the great farewells in TV history. Just perfect.