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The best Emmy picker award goes to . . . our spinning asterisk?

Ah, fall. The temperature dips ever so slightly. (Or, at least it did that one day around 5 p.m.) The leaves turn a magnificent . . . brown, and shrivel on the sidewalk. And television returns fresh, to take over our lives once more. • A hallmark of the fall TV season is the Emmy broadcast, and this year we pitted our prediction skills against those of a spinning cardboard version of our beloved but snarky asterisk mascot to see who will be taking home the gold Sunday night. What/who will you believe more, a flat inanimate object (which temporarily sprouted a sixth arm to match the number of nominees) or a living, breathing television watcher? (We'll let you know who had the better record next week.)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Asterisk says: 30 Rock

Geology shows are educational.

tb-two* says: 30 Rock

We agree. Three-time winner 30 Rock deserves one last statue for its final season. Girls took home the award last year and is nominated again, but the series lost a bit of spunk in its second season, which may keep the gold away from Hannah and the crack spirit guides.

Outstanding Drama

Asterisk says: Mad Men

C'mon, this one's as obvious as the whiskey carafes on the ad executives' credenzas.

tb-two* says: House of Cards

Last year was the first time in four straight years that Mad Men did not win, losing out to Showtime's hit Homeland, which undoubtedly irked the asterisk. This year, however, there are two other strong contenders. Breaking Bad has yet to win in this category, and has had one of its best seasons yet, and Netflix's surprise hit House of Cards may deservedly surprise Emmy viewers, becoming both the first nomination for Netflix and its first win.

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

Asterisk says: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

This show's as hip as a spinning asterisk.

tb-two* says: The Daily Show

The Daily Show wins this category almost every year, so we don't know what the wheel was thinking. Maybe it really liked the rap medleys with JT this year.

Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

Asterisk says: Top of the Lake

Oooooh, just try to scare me.

tb-two* says: American Horror Story

The biggest competition for the BBC-produced crime drama Lake is the weirdness of American Horror Story. We'd be fine with either, but forced to pick, let's go with AHS.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Asterisk says: Don Cheadle, House of Lies

The asterisk doesn't lie.

tb-two* says: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development

Cheadle won in this category last year, and Jim Parsons of Big Bang Theory has won numerous times. However, we were very excited when Bateman was nominated for the return of Arrested Development and would love to see the show get some well-deserved recognition for its triumphant re-entry.

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Asterisk says: Laura Dern, Enlightened

As the academy would be, if it makes this pick.

tb-two* says: Tina Fey, 30 Rock

We think Fey definitely deserves a win this year, as she brought the show she created, wrote and starred in to a close.

Lead Actor in a Drama

Asterisk says: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Hey, industry loyalty, bud.

tb-two* says: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Cranston was as great as ever this year and we would love to see him get his third win in this category. Even though Kevin Spacey also had a great year on Cards, who can bear the idea of an acceptance speech delivered in that accent?

Lead Actress in a Drama

Asterisk says: Claire Danes, Homeland

She rocked on My So-Called Life

tb-two* says: Robin Wright, House of Cards

Danes won last year, and her biggest competition this year is the deserving Wright, whose performance on House of Cards was one of the best of her career.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Asterisk says: Adam Driver, Girls

Do you want me to be your boyfriend? Is that it? No, just an Emmy winner.

tb-two* says: Adam Driver, Girls

The men of Modern Family are consistently great, while Bill Hader's work on SNL this season was perhaps his best yet. The asterisk's pick of Adam Driver is not far-fetched though. Driver's work on Girls as the guy your father doesn't want you to date was just as good as the first season.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Asterisk says: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

It's Sofia's time, especially after that split seam mishap.

tb-two* says: Julie Bowen, Modern Family

Bowen, Vergara's Family co-star, won the past two years. After Sunday, it will be three.

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Asterisk says: Bobby Carnavale, Boardwalk Empire

I just can't get that old Drifters song out of my head.

tb-two* says: Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad

Although we are sure Carnavale is excellent, we're crossing our fingers for Banks of Breaking Bad (only because Aaron Paul will almost definitely get the win next year for his work on the astounding final episodes).

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Asterisk says: Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

She was in the Grinch with Jim Carrey, so she likes green things.

tb-two* says: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Smith has won twice for her work on Downton Abbey, so we think she should keep the trend going.

Watch the broadcast

channel: CBS

time: 8 p.m.

The best Emmy picker award goes to . . . our spinning asterisk? 09/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 11:03am]
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