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2010 Primetime Emmy® Award Pre-Nomination Special Report
by Daisy Whitney
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Unlike the comedy category, which includes real Emmy competition for 30 Rock this year in the form of Modern Family, the drama trophy is virtually a lock for Mad Men. Many critics have proclaimed this year the show's best ever.
"Last season was just so good and the season ending was one of the best ever with the takeover and they walk out and start a new agency," Robina said. "It's just the kind of show that deserves it."
It's at the top of its game, concurred Frank Nicotero, host of Yahoo TV's Primetime in No Time recap show. Plus, very few shows can even come close to the overall quality of the past season, said Chris Beachum, who prognosticates the awards at LATimes.com and AwardsHeaven.net. "With as good as the episodes have been, I could see it winning again," Beachum said
While Mad Men is the heavy favorite, Dexter and The Good Wife are certainly strong contender, experts say. Dexter is a premium cable show on Showtime, while The Good Wife on CBS represents one of the few hopes for a broadcast best drama nod.
"There are three shows that have a real good shot at winning drama series and that is Mad Men, The Good Wife and Dexter," Beachum said. "On Dexter they had the whole John Lithgow arc which was buzzed about." He added that the Good Wife has received excellent reviews to complement its strong ratings.
Lost also has a shot at being tapped because it's the show's final season. Sure, it's won once before and has gone downhill by most accounts, but the show is still a ratings grabber and Emmy voters do like their picks to be worthy and popular.
Beyond the expected picks, FX's Damages is likely to earn a nomination as it has the past two years. But it's not expected to pick up a win. The same goes for Breaking Bad. The buzz is good, but the show's not quite ready to topple its network mate in Mad Men. House and Big Love are strong perennial contenders, but neither has had a bang-up season. Still, either one could earn a nomination, while True Blood has an outside chance.
The Wire showrunner David Simon never won a single Emmy® for that show, which was widely acclaimed. While that show is off the air, Simon is shepherding a new HBO show Treme, which was recently renewed for a second season. "Treme is the best drama of the year," said Aaron Barnhart, TV critic for the Kansas City Star and TVBarn.com. But based on Emmy® history with David Simon, he's not holding his breath that it'll earn its due. "It will be lucky to be nominated."
This 5-part series of 2010 Primetime Emmy ® Award Pre-Nomination Special Reports are available to read or download on the Cynopsis website in our Archive section.
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