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Emmy predictions: Outstanding drama and comedy

Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black


Taylor Schilling in Orange is the New Black



The 66th annual Emmy Awards air tonight (yes, on a Monday) on NBC, so it's time for the Feed to weigh in on who might be taking home some gold. As always, this isn't an exact science. Remember last year, when Jeff Daniels shocked everyone by winning? But I'm giving it a shot anyway. All this week, we've been featuring one of the major categories on this blog. For the full list, click here. Up today: outstanding comedy and drama.


Big Bang Theory


Modern Family

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley


Will this be the year another comedy contender unseats Modern Family from its Emmy throne? The ABC hit has won this award every year it's been on the air; surely it's time to give someone else a shot. That someone could very well be Orange is the New Black, the Netflix show that came out of nowhere with its first season in 2013 (the one nominated) yet quickly became one of the most ubiquitous.

On second thought ... Did we mention Modern Family has won this award every year it's been on the air?



Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

True Detective

House of Cards

Mad Men

HBO made a bold move submitting True Detective in this category when it's really a miniseries. (It's coming back for a second season with an entirely new cast and story.) Will it pay off? Detective's auteur qualities — the first season was written by one guy and directed by another — and its high-profile stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson put it neck-and-neck with Breaking Bad, nominated here for the last half of its final season. But Bad will take this one. As the reigning champ in this category, it spent much of 2013 basking in adoration as its final eight episodes created a relentless momentum that culminated in one of the show's strongest runs.

On second thought ... This particular iteration of True Detective was a one-time thing; perhaps the Emmys will feel strongly that they have to honor it.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 24, 2014 5:32pm]


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