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Eric's Emmy Picks: Dreaming Up a Better Emmycast



As promised, I'm ready to ante up with my own picks for Sunday's Emmy contest.

It's a given that Sunday's results won't be nearly as hip, comprehensive or far-reaching as us small screen fans might want. Still, there's hope: I've seen more new faces and standout efforts nominated this year than in the last two or three combined.

So let's look over the biggest categories and dream a little. Who knows? The Emmy academy might surprise us this year and play along.

Wireposter Outstanding Drama Series -- Nominees: Boston Legal (ABC), Grey’s Anatomy (ABC), Heroes (NBC), House (Fox), The Sopranos (HBO).
My fantasy: Either The Wire’s ambitious take on inner city kids losing hope or Rescue Me’s acerbic look at a disintegrating NYC firefighter should be winning this award. But since they didn't even get nominated, it’s tough to imagine The Sopranos getting snubbed in its final season.

Outstanding Comedy Series -- Nominees: Entourage (HBO), The Office (NBC), 30 Rock (NBC), Two and a Half Men (CBS) Ugly Betty (ABC).
My fantasy: For half its run last season, 30 Rock was among the best comedies on TV. UnfortunatelyUglybetty_300x300, the other half of the time it was impenetrably quirky. I’m expecting Betty to take this one again, and deservedly so.

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy -- Nominees: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Steve Carell, The Office; Ricky Gervais, Extras (HBO); Tony Shaloub, Monk (USA); Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men.
My fantasy: If Shaloub wins a fourth Emmy, Baldwin should just storm onstage and take it from him. In my dreams, Shaloub gives it up on his own.

TinafeyOutstanding Actress in a Comedy -- Nominees: Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives (ABC); Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS); America Ferrera, Ugly Betty; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Mary Louise-Parker, Weeds (Showtime).
My fantasy: I'm with Tom O'Neil on this one -- Ferrera is the shoo-in, with Fey as the dark horse on the hipster vote. Best of all, this is the strongest collection of female comedy nominees from different shows in a while.

Outstanding Actor in a Drama -- Nominees: James Spader, Boston Legal; Keifer Sutherland, 24 (Fox); James Gandolfini, The Sopranos; Hugh Laurie, House; Denis Leary, Rescue Me (FX).My fantasy: First, that Spader get a sudden pang of good sense and refuse to accept any more nominations for that twisted, tired mess he stars in. Second, that Gandolfini show gratitude for his inevitable, career-capping win by explaining what the hell that ending was really all about. No explainee, no trophy.

Kyra Outstanding Actress in a Drama -- Nominees: Patricia Arquette, Medium (NBC); Minnie Driver, The Riches, (FX); Edie Falco, The Sopranos; Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters, (ABC); Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC); Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer (TNT).Minniedriverriches
My fantasy: Much as I love me some Edie Falco, Driver and Sedgwick should share this award in 2007. It’s a tough call: Driver was a Brit playing a Southern, lifelong con artist recovering from a heroin addiction. Sedgwick was a driven, menopausal commitment-phobe squiggling to keep her work and home families together. Sometimes, you can’t help wishing they could give two of these things.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:40pm]


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