Kerry Washington in SCANDAL and Don Cheadle in HOUSE OF LIES
Kerry Washington in SCANDAL and Don Cheadle in HOUSE OF LIES

This 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards takes place on Sunday night at 8pm on CBS.  Usually an exciting event for me and every TV junkie out there, this year it just isn't all that sexy to me.  The nominees are 'meh' and much of the same old faces, and to be quite frank it is up against the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad at 9pm, which, I'm sorry Emmy, you will lose out to here on the East Coast.  Still, below are my picks and perspectives and I will be live tweeting during each as best that I can. 

The other aspect is that there really are not many Black folks nominated. As popular as Scandal is, Kerry Washington's performance was more solid in the short season one, as was the writing so I doubt she should win in what I consider the hardest category this year to judge (Juliana Margulies of The Good Wife was not even nominated!) after  Best Supporting Actress. Still, she totally deserves the nom.  I am so behind on House of Lies but from what I have seen Don Cheadle is highly deserving of his nomination as well. After that…well, there is a dearth of Black talent to be seen.  Actually, in the other popular categories, there are none. Why? 

Well, the old and present answer is Representation - on the popular channels and what shows on the others even deserve attention.  BET and TV One have never had representation in primetime Awards, just like other niche stations like The Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, and the like do not.  But if FX (with Louie and American Horror Story), USA Network (with Political Animals) and Sundance Channel (with Top of the Lake) and even Netflix (with House of Cards and Arrested Development), which does not even get ratings, can merit such high consideration why do BET, TV One, and the others do not?  Some may say 'star power' and about that they would be right.  Emmy loves stars! I can expand on this another time. 

PLEASE share with me who you think will win in the comments section following my picks.  As mentioned, I will be live tweeting during the Awards so follow me at @MediaManWatch and share Emmy musings along with me. 

Outstanding Drama Series


Breaking Bad - AMC

Downton Abbey - PBS

Game Of Thrones - HBO

Homeland - Showtime

House Of Cards - Netflix

Mad Men - AMC


The Winner:  Breaking Bad


Say My Name! 


Always a hard one to judge, Breaking Bad deserves this more for the current season 5B, than the currently nominated season 5A from earlier this year. It will still win as from most accounts Homeland was not as strong in season two and Mad Men left audiences wanting.  If there is a wild card winner, that would be House of Cards, pun totally not intended.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

Downton Abbey

Hugh Bonneville as Robert, Earl of Grantham


Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody

House Of Cards

Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood

Mad Men

Jon Hamm as Don Draper

The Newsroom

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy

The Winner:  Bryan Cranston

Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey

Basically for the same reasons I picked for Best Drama, the best actor in television right now is Bryan Cranston, hands down.  Still, I actually feel Kevin Spacey deserves it even more. I guess like Emmy, I like star power too.  I wish I could day that my man Jon Hamm deserves it, but he does not and with how unbelievably fantastic Cranston is in season 5B of Breaking Bad, Hamm won’t get it next year either. And Dan Stevens should have been nominated over Hugh Bonneville.  I mean, really.

Outstanding Lead Actress   In A Drama Series

Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates

Downton Abbey

Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley


Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison

House Of Cards

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

Mad Men

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson


Connie Britton as Rayna James


Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

The Winner:  Robin Wright

Definitely the second hardest category to judge this year, I at first declared this one too close to call. I actually think Abigail Spencer from Rectify was snubbed from being nominated.  Nonetheless, as I need to pick one it would be Robin Wright in one of the best roles of her career.  Long form storytelling works for her. 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

Behind The Candelabra - HBO

Michael Douglas as Liberace

Matt Damon as Scott Thorson

The Girl - HBO

Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock

Parade's End - HBO

Benedict Cumberbatch as Christopher Tietjens

Phil Spector - HBO

Al Pacino as Phil Spector

The Winner:  Michael Douglas

Who Should Win:  Kevin Spacey

Yeah, if you missed Behind The Candelabra you are missing out on some fantastic acting from Michael Douglas as Liberace.  This is a no-brainer. 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie


American Horror Story: Asylum

Jessica Lange as Sister Jude Martin

The Big C

Laura Linney as Cathy Jamison

Phil Spector

Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden

Political Animals

Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish Hammond

Top Of The Lake

Elisabeth Moss as Robin

The Winner:  Jessica Lange

Who Should Win:  Elisabeth Moss

Even though Moss brought it this year in Mad Men as the constantly evolving (and actually learning her lesson, um, at least more than the other characters) Peggy Olson, she showed stronger acting chops in Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake as a police detective who comes back home to a remote Laketop, New Zealand (actually filmed in South Island’s Lake Wakatipu) to visit her dying mother and gets caught up in a mystery surrounding the impregnation and subsequent disappearance of a young teenage girl.  She is my lock to win, but I have a funny feeling that Emmy will hand it to Lange. 

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series


Arrested Development

Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth

The Big Bang Theory

Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper


Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc

House Of Lies

Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan


Louis C.K. as Louie

30 Rock

Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy

The Winner Louis C.K.

Who Should Win:  Alec Baldwin

Though Louis C.K. deserves the award more for writing and directing his acerbic show, Alec Baldwin really triumphed in the final season of 30 Rock.  He deserves this, and I am sure the other nominees will be glad that he will not be around next year. 

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series



Laura Dern as Amy


Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath

Nurse Jackie

Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton

Parks And Recreation

Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

30 Rock

Tina Fey as Liz Lemon


Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer

The Winner Tina Fey

Who Should Win:  Amy Poehler or Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Last year I correctly picked Louis-Dreyfus to win.  This year I am giving her and Poehler a tie to win, but think nostalgic voters will give it to Tina Fey for the final season of 30 Rock, which isn’t such a bad thing. 


Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum - FX Networks


Behind The Candelabra - HBO


The Bible - HISTORY

Phil Spector - HBO


Political Animals - USA


Top Of The Lake - Sundance Channel


The Winner Behind The Candelabra

If Candelabra did not air this would be a difficult category, but it is a lock to win.  Now if it was not in consideration, as much as I enjoyed Top Of The Lake, the History Channel’s The Bible was excellently made and killed in the ratings.  It may have won.


Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory - CBS

Girls - HBO

Louie - FX Networks

Modern Family - ABC

30 Rock - NBC

Veep - HBO


The Winner: Girls


Even though Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin may win acting awards, I cannot see 30 Rock winning.  I am not a fan of Girls, but one cannot deny its appeal and pushing of the boundaries.  Modern Family should not have even been nominated over Parks & Recreation. If it wins I’m putting a boot through my TV (well, a virtual boot). 



Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Bobby Cannavale as Gyp Rosetti

Breaking Bad

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut

Breaking Bad

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman

Downton Abbey

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson

Game Of Thrones

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister


Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson

The Winner:  Peter Dinklage

Who Should Win:  Bobby Cannavale

Cannavale seems to be able to conquer all the dramatic arts expertly and did no less on Boardwalk Empire. Still, you cannot deny how good Dinklage is.  Aaron Paul will win again next year, but if Jonathan Banks takes it, well…just read my expletive-riddled tweets if that occurs considering that Giancarlo Esposito did not win over Paul last year. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Breaking Bad

Anna Gunn as Skyler White


Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham

Game Of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen


The Good Wife

Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart


Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody

Mad Men

Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

The Winner:  Anna Gunn

Who Should Win:  Anna Gunn

I put her name twice for emphasis.  Any actress that so many fans hate so much in a role, because she is that convincing as an actress (at least that is often my reason) should win.  Hell, Gunn was a great actress before this show but the writing elevated her to award-winning levels. In a tepid half-season Gunn as the long-suffering Sklyer was the best part of season 5A.  Now if she just bought Walt some boxer-briefs I know he would have handled things better.  

Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series

Breaking Bad - Dead Freight

George Mastras, Written by

Breaking Bad - Say My Name

Thomas Schnauz, Written by

Downton Abbey - Episode 4

Julian Fellowes, Written by

Game Of Thrones - The Rains Of Castamere

David Benioff, Written by

D.B. Weiss, Written by

Homeland - Q&A

Henry Bromell, Written by

The Winner:  Thomas Schnauz  Breaking Bad  - 'Say My Name'

Who Should Win:  Thomas Schnauz for Breaking Bad  - 'Say My Name'

AND Julian Fellowes for Downton  Abbey - Episode 4

Why a 'Should Win' tie?  A tie will not actually happen, but episode 4 of Downton’s third season had it all: the Irish Civil War affecting the Crawley's directly as well as the women’s suffrage movement, Sybil coming back home, the hiring of new conniving footman Jimmy, and Bates finally gets a small but triumphant in-jail victory. Whew.  If Walt did not go over the edge in the ‘Say My Name’ episode the way he did, Downton wouild take it – and still may. 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series


Adam Driver as Adam Sackler

Modern Family

Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett

Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett

Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy

Saturday Night Live

Bill Hader as Various characters


Tony Hale as Gary Walsh

The Winner:  Bill Hader

Who Should Win:  Tony Hale

I hate that SNL is even in the main categories now, but Hader is a comedic master.  But Tony Hale is so convincing as the brownnose Gary is more deserving. 

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler


Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester

Modern Family

Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett

Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy


Nurse Jackie

Merritt Wever as Zoey Barkow

30 Rock

Jane Krakowski as Jenna Maroney


Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer

The Winner:  Sofia Vergara

Who Should Win:  Mayim Bialik

Vergara showed a real tenderness this year on Modern Family and is the only cast member nominated that truly deserves to win, no offense to Julie Bowen. Still, Bialik steals most of her scenes on Big Brain and for no other reason is even more deserving.  I never thought that the former Blossom would become one of my favorite actors!

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum

James Cromwell as Dr. Arthur Arden

Zachary Quinto as Dr. Oliver Thredson

Behind The Candelabra

Scott Bakula as Bob Black

The Big C: Hereafter

John Benjamin Hickey as Sean

Top Of The Lake

Peter Mullan as Matt

The Winner:  Peter Mullan

Though my instincts tell me that the unimaginative Emmy voters will give it Cromwell, I smell upset with Mullan, who after becoming a leading man with his movie Tyrannosaur in 2011, showed the world that he is indeed irascible enough to be a star.  He was the biggest a-hole on television this year that made you feel for him as much as you were turned off by him. This guy is the truth.  

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum

Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters

The Girl

Imelda Staunton as Alma Hitchcock

Political Animals

Ellen Burstyn as Margaret Barrish Worthington


Charlotte Rampling as Sally Gilmartin

Steel Magnolias

Alfre Woodard as Ouiser           

The Winner:  Charlotte Rampling

Who Should Win:  Alfre Woodard

She had the role with the most fun and with that Alfre Woodard, an Emmy darling already, garnered the only nom in the Lifetime version of Steel Magnolias.  I am a bit biased when it comes to her TV work, but oh well. Sadly, she is the only Black actor aside from Cheadle and Washington that is nominated for any awards this year.  But my instincts tell me that always fantastic Rampling will win.