Leading up to the
In this second installment of three (we debated "Modern Family's" place in the Emmy pantheon first), the Buzzmeter gang picks the winner of this year's competitive drama series Emmy race and shares their favorites from this year's nominees.
The drama series category appears wide open, more so than it has been in years. Which show do you think will win and why?
VanDerWerff: I'm betting on either
Bianco: "Breaking Bad" because, while the episodes airing now shouldn't matter, odds are they will. They're pushing the show in front of voters on a weekly basis, and they're a constant reminder that this astounding series, one of the best TV has ever produced, has yet to win the Emmy. Yes, voters have another year to give "Bad" its just reward, but I doubt they'll wait. At least that's what I think today. The race is close enough that I may change my mind tomorrow.
Roush: I think it's "Breaking Bad's" year. The voting is happening while the final episodes are airing to great and deserved fanfare, and it seems like perfect timing. While there's lots of industry love for last year's winner
McNamara: "Game of Thrones" should win because it is a miracle of absurd plot-ambition and deeply nuanced character development. But "Breaking Bad" will probably win in part because it is a very good and important show that has never won best drama, in part because it is ending, and in part because
O'Neil: "Breaking Bad" has the highest Cool Factor right now among these nominees and it may benefit from being the only one airing new episodes during Emmy voting. And they happen to be the final episodes. Voters may be tempted to give it a farewell hug.
Whipp: When the Film Society at
Which Emmy nomination made you the happiest?
McNamara: I have two, but for the same reason: Laura Dern for
Bianco: Bob Newhart's nomination for his guest stint on "The Big Bang Theory" because if he wins, it will be his very first Emmy, hard as that may be to believe. That's reason enough to make it happen.
Roush: Vera Farmiga for "Bates Motel." She is a riveting riot in the sort of unsavory show that rarely gets Emmy love, especially in its first season. The only thing that would have made this more delicious is if she were going up against the season's other breakout performance: that of Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, which apparently really was too "out there" for the Emmy voters to take notice, despite all of the considerable buzz. Maybe next year.
VanDerWerff: Absolutely Laura Dern. "Enlightened" was the best show on TV last season, and it made me very happy to see it recognized in some small way.
Whipp: Partially because my favorite guest spot turns -- among them, this year,