NBC, which is airing the show, wants to avoid conflicts with its "Sunday Night Football," even in pre-season. So we're here on a Monday night in late August.
And, really, what else were you going to do?
Here are our final predictions for the key categories:
Yes, it feels like
There's been some industry griping about HBO putting
LEAD ACTOR COMEDY
Have you seen Rickey Gervais on Netflix's "Derek"? His holy fool title character is a superbly nuanced comic creation, and Gervais' Emmy submission (and, remember, voters look only at one episode and not the season as a whole) contains a beautifully written, sentimental speech that could win him the Emmy just like Jeff Daniels' "Newsroom" state-of-America rant did the trick last year. Prepare to be shocked.
LEAD ACTRESS COMEDY
If the Emmys were the
SUPPORTING ACTOR COMEDY
This is a wide-open race pitting defending champ
SUPPORTING ACTRESS COMEDY
Our hearts say Kate Mulgrew for the way she's transformed her career playing the Russian prison den mother on "Orange Is the New Black." But
LEAD ACTOR DRAMA
As with series, this comes down to "True Detective" versus "Breaking Bad," pitting
LEAD ACTRESS DRAMA
SUPPORTING ACTOR DRAMA
It's last call for both "Breaking Bad's"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS DRAMA