Emmy poll: Will ‘True Blood’ be nominated for best drama series again?

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There was something creepy about “True Blood’s” surprise Emmy nomination for best drama series last year. The HBO cult hit reaped no nominations in other top races -– only four bids in the tech races (all lost). That suggests support for “True Blood” may be weak and its top bid may have been a fluke, so Emmy-watchers wonder: Will “True Blood” be back when nominations are unveiled July 14?

There are two reasons for optimism. Emmy nominees tend to be like TV reruns -– they often return year after year. Secondly, if you think about it, a TV program doesn’t really need a lot of votes to be nominated. With more than 30 dramas in competition, a show may need only a small percentage of votes to get one of the six nomination slots. Shows like “True Blood” generate extremely passionate, loyal support, so that may be enough to carry the day.


But other TV cult hits with fantasy elements like “Fringe” have that same kind of rabid fan base, but that never delivers Emmy love. Fantasy fare tends to be cursed at the Emmys just like at the Oscars. Not too long ago the TV critics of America screamed in chorus for Sarah Michelle Gellar to bag a bid for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but TV academy members pooh-poohed her. Maybe “True Blood” gets a free pass because it has the snob appeal of being on HBO? If so, it may be back in the running for that reason too. Regardless, there’s still no getting around all those vampires, werewolves and fairies on “True Blood.” Altogether they may drive a stake through the heart of its Emmy hopes. Or maybe “True Blood” will keep rising anyway, the undead that can’t be offed –- not even by vampire-loathing Emmy voters?


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-- Tom O’Neil