Emmy voters like a good epic and find biopics irresistible. How will these clashing sensibilities play out in this year's movie/miniseries race? And now that
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
"Top of the Lake" (
"Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)
"The Bible" (History)
"Parade's End" (HBO)
Bubbling under: "Betty and Coretta" (Lifetime), "The Girl" (HBO), "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime), "Phil Spector" (HBO),
Analysis: The category will likely come down to two very different projects from acclaimed directors: Jane Campion's atmospheric miniseries "Top of the Lake" and Steven Soderbergh's more conventional Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra." Soderbergh's project had bigger stars (and greater hype), but Campion, with the luxury of running time, created a more daring work of art. The highly rated "The Bible" will have its share of disciples too.
VARIETY, MUSIC OR COMEDY SERIES
"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (
"Real Time With
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
Analysis: In the decade of this category's existence, "The Amazing Race" has won nine out of 10 years. Is it really that amazing? Sue us, but we dug "Top Chef's" foray into the Pacific Northwest, particularly the breakfast-on-a-stick episode. Truffled popcorn? That's award-worthy!
HOST OF REALITY OR REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"
Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Analysis: Probst won the first four