Enough about Sunday's Emmys; it's time for the Deggys
I played it straight in my Emmy preview in Sunday's Latitudes section, focusing mostly on the ascension of host Jimmy Kimmel - a guy who has clawed his way from producing comedy bits on WRBQ-FM in Tampa to hosting Tv's biggest bout of self-congratulation.
But that meant I couldn't really cut loose the annual event I love to present at this time: The Deggy Awards.
These are the awards I wish the academy would hand out, instead of some picks we get every year. Mad Men is great, but four straight Best Drama wins? And isn't it time to stop nominating the nerdy guy from Big Bang Theory? (I mean, the MOST nerdy guy.)
And it’s always great fun to see how badly I can screw up Emmy predictions, given how the academy can be spot-on hip one year and so clueless you wonder if they own televisions in the next.
So here's my take on who should be winning this stuff. Bet my Deggys would be a lot more fun.
Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS; Game of Thrones, HBO; Homeland, Showtime; Mad Men, AMC.
And the Deggy goes to: Breaking Bad. It’s, hands down, the best show too many people still have never seen on TV, showcasing a high school teacher’s slow slide into life as a ruthless methamphetamine manufacturer.
Will win: Mad Men. Because its season this year was almost as good as Breaking Bad’s and it has won this award four times before — every year it has been eligible.
Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; Girls, HBO; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC; Veep, HBO.
And the Deggy goes to: Girls. Not just because it’s the shiny, new kid on the block. HBO’s comedy captures the voice of the Great Recession generation in a singular way, in a TV season when much of the other nominees were off their game.
Will win: Modern Family. Because the academy loves this comedy almost as much as it loves Mad Men.
Actor, Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC; Michael C. Hall, Dexter, Showtime; Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS; Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime; Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC.
And the Deggy goes to: Lewis or Hamm. I’m cheating here; Lewis’ take as an American P.O.W.-turned-terrorist was mind-boggling. But it’s a crime Hamm has been a bridesmaid in this category so many times. He needs to win one.
Will win: Cranston. Because the academy seems to make up for snubbing Breaking Bad as a series by handing awards to its star.
Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, Damages, DirecTV; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS; Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law, NBC; Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC.
And the Deggy goes to: Danes. Because her take on a secretly schizophrenic CIA agent who guesses Lewis’ secret and forgets it after electroshock therapy is the only performance on that show better than Lewis.
Will win: Close. She’s a movie star vying for the award on a canceled show in the last year she will be eligible.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO; Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime; Louis C.K., Louie, FX Networks; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC; Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men, CBS.
And the Deggy goes to: Louis C.K. Yeah, I’m on the bandwagon for the New York comic’s creative, compelling indie comedy. If Woody Allen was a overweight, ginger-haired guy 20 years younger working in TV, he’d be making Louie.
Will win: Parsons. See my wisecrack above about his three past nominations and two past wins.
Actress, Comedy Series: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO; Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly, CBS; Zooey Deschanel, New Girl, Fox; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Parks and Recreation, NBC; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC; Tina Fey, 30 Rock, NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO.
And the Deggy goes to: Louis-Dreyfus, who also will actually win. Because her performance pretty much is Veep, and the academy loves her as much as anyone.