With Emmy nominations right around the corner, we thought it was time for one of us to do some prognosticating. Because I pay a little bit more attention than my dear wife to these things, I drew the short end of the straw. In this post, we will provide what we believe the Emmy nominations for 2014 should look like. This is in no way a prediction of what they will look like, simply what I would vote for if I had a vote.

Note —  This year’s Emmy Awards cover season one of Orange is the New Black. Therefore, certain nominations may be different than expected. For example, in the Supporting Actress category, if we were talking about season 2, my representative for OitNB would be Danielle Brooks, not Kate Mulgrew. But Taystee did not have quite as large a presence in season 1, which was more Red centric. As such, Kate Mulgrew gets the nod for season 1.

Additionally, I generally only included shows and performances for shows which I watch and am current on. That may seem obvious, but it is not necessarily so. For instance, in Actress Drama, it would be very easy for me to include Vera Farmiga, for Bates Motel, a show I like, but that I am only midway through the first season. Or to include Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife, because I know how great she is just from being knowledgeable on the subject of TV. But the fact is, I’ve never watched a single episode of the show. This could make for some strange choices, but it’s the only fair way for me to make such a ballot. There are however, certain exceptions to this rule. (1) There’s no denying that The Normal Heart is going to get several nominations. As such, I’ve included a few on my ballot here, even though I’ve not yet gotten around to watching (which I hope to do soon). And (2) there are a couple categories where I simply couldn’t come up with enough “legitimate” contenders. Because of that, I threw in some for fun.

Once the real nominations come out, and sometime closer to the broadcast, we will likely be back with our “Will Win/Should Win” predictions. But for now, here’s the YBTV Blog Dream Emmy Ballot 2014:

Outstanding Drama Series:

  • Mad Men
  • Breaking Bad
  • True Detective
  • Masters of Sex
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Hannibal

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama:

  • Matthew McConaughey – True Detective
  • Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Mads Mikkelsen – Hannibal

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama:

  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Diane Kruger – The Bridge
  • Robin Wright – House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actor Drama:

  • Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones
  • Aaron Paul — Breaking Bad
  • Jeffrey Wright — Boardwalk Empire
  • Charles Dance — Game of Thrones
  • Jack Huston — Boardwalk Empire
  • John Slattery — Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actress Drama:

  • Anna Gunn — Breaking Bad
  • Michelle Monaghan — True Detective
  • Betsy Brandt — Breaking Bad
  • Annet Mahendru — The Americans
  • Emily Bett Rickards — Arrow
  • Bex Taylor-Klaus — The Killing

Outstanding Writing Drama:

  • The Americans – Echo
  • Boardwalk Empire – Farewell Daddy Blues
  • Breaking Bad – Ozymandias
  • Mad Men – The Strategy
  • Mad Men – Waterloo
  • Master’s of Sex – Catherine

Outstanding Direction Drama:

  • The Americans – Operation Chronicle – Andrew Bernstein
  • Breaking Bad – Granite State – Peter Gould
  • Breaking Bad – Ozymandias – Rian Johnson
  • Mad Men – The Strategy – Phil Abraham
  • Mad Men – Waterloo – Matt Weiner
  • True Detective – Who Goes There – Cary Fukunaga

Outstanding Comedy Series:

  • Veep
  • Louie
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Shameless
  • Silicon Valley
  • Community

Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy: 

  • Louis C.K. – Louie
  • Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation
  • Christopher Meloni – Surviving Jack
  • Danny McBride – Eastbound and Down
  • Joel McHale – Community

Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy: 

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
  • Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling – OitNB
  • Lena Dunham – Girls
  • Emmy Rossum – Shameless
  • Malin Akerman – Trophy Wife

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy:

  • Andre Braugher — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Adam Driver — Girls
  • Tony Hale — Veep
  • Nick Offerman — Parks and Rec
  • Albert Tsai — Trophy Wife
  • Danny Pudi — Community

Outstanding Supporting Actress Comedy:

  • Anna Chlumsky — Veep
  • Kate Mulgrew — Orange is the New Black
  • Stephanie Beatrix — Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Gillian Jacobs — Community
  • Julie Bowen — Modern Family
  • Nina Conti — Family Tree

Outstanding Writing Comedy:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine – The Party
  • Community – Cooperative Polygraphy
  • Louie – So is the Fat Lady
  • Parks and Recreation – Moving Up
  • Shameless – There’s the Rub
  • Silicon Valley – Optimal Tip to Tip Efficiency

Outstanding Direction Comedy:

  • Community – Geothermal Escapism – Joe Russo
  • Louie – The Elevator Part 6 – Louis CK
  • Orange is the New Black – The Chickening – Andrew McCarthy
  • Raising Hope – Murder, She Hoped – Rebecca Asher
  • Shameless – Lazarus – Mary Mylod
  • Veep – Clovis – Armando Iannucci

Outstanding Miniseries/Movie:

  • Fargo
  • Luther
  • Clear History
  • *The Normal Heart
  • Sherlock: His Last Vow

Outstanding Lead Actor Miniseries/Movie:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Larry David – Clear History
  • Idris Elba – Luther
  • Martin Freeman – Fargo
  • *Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
  • Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

Outstanding Lead Actress Miniseries/Movie:

  • *Helena Bonham Carter – Burton and Taylor
  • Rebecca Ferguson – The White Queen
  • Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Coven
  • *Julianne Nicholson – The Red Road
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Coven
  • *Kiernan Shipka – Flowers in the Attic

Outstanding Supporting Actor M/M:

  • *Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
  • Keith Carradine – Fargo
  • Martin Freeman – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Jon Hamm – Clear History
  • Colin Hanks – Fargo
  • Michael Keaton – Clear History

Outstanding Supporting Actress M/M:

  • Amanda Abbington – Sherlock: His Last Vow
  • Sienna Guillory – Luther
  • *Julia Roberts – The Normal Heart
  • Allison Tolman – Fargo
  • Kate Walsh – Fargo
  • Ruth Wilson – Luther

Outstanding Writing M/M:

  • Clear History
  • Fargo – The Crocodile’s Dilemma
  • Luther
  • Sherlock – His Last Vow
  • *The Normal Heart

Outstanding Direction M/M:

  • Clear History – Greg Mottola
  • Fargo – The Heap – Scott Winant
  • Fargo – Morton’s Fork – Matt Shankman
  • Luther – Part One – Sam Miller
  • Sherlock – His Last Vow – Nick Hurran
  • Psych The Musical – Steve Franks



<p>The Bridge</p>

I suppose we have to start out with a bit of an apology. There was no June post. Partly because of laziness, Partly because my wife and I are forced to have real jobs. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of good stuff in June, some of which, I will touch on briefly at the top of this list.

July is a summer month, with not necessarily a ton going on. However, many of the things that are coming, are among some of the shows I’ve been looking forward to most this year. That said, let’s go ahead and get on to the list:

10. True Blood (HBO, June 22) — Here we have one of the shows that kicked off in June that I missed. And look, here’s the thing, I’m not here to argue that True Blood is, or necessarily ever was, great television. But it’s the final season. And I’ve held on this long, so I might as well finish it out. If the show was all about Jessica, Eric and Pam, throwing in some occasional Jason Stackhouse, it would be one of the greatest of all time. Alas, it does not do so. Instead, it is one of the most ridiculously confusing and overly large casts and over plotted shows in the history of the world. But we do still have some Jessica, Eric and Pam. And that makes it all worth it.

9. The Leftovers (HBO, June 29) — Having seen the premiere of The Leftovers, my excitement has been totally confirmed. It has all the best of Lindelof, and hopefully, far fewer idiot fans than LOST had. This show is set around a central mystery, but with a twist. From the start, it is made clear that there will never be an answer to the mystery. Maybe that’s what LOST should have done. Maybe that’s what it would have taken to convince people it was a show about character, not mystery.

8. Rectify (Sundance, June 19) — One of YBTV’s top shows from last year returns this summer. We’ve not watched either of the episodes that have aired yet. This feels to us generally like a show that is best taken in chunks (also, we were on vacation when it started, so that didn’t help). The continuation of the story of Daniel Holden and his view of freedom is something I’ve been looking forward to all year long, and I’m so happy to have it back.

7. Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, July 30) — Everyone’s favorite magicians have a reality show or two, and this is one of them. The duo sets out to have people amaze and confound them, and since the show has already aired in other parts of the world, we have the buzz that the show winds up doing just that to the viewer. I’m a big fan of this duo, and can’t wait to look in on the surprises they have in store.

6. Manhattan (WGN, July 27) — WGN’s second attempt at original programming. The first one came and went with little fanfare. Honestly, I can’t even remember what it was about. I want to say there were vampires involved? That could be wrong. Witches maybe? This one, centered around the development of the nuclear bomb in 1950s New Mexico, I’ve actually heard positive feedback about. Also, the trailer does it’s job of making the show at least seem worth giving a shot. So, it being the summer and all, why not, right? Maybe…

5. The Honorable Woman (Sundance, July 31) — Maggie Gyllenhaal does TV for the network that has given us Rectify, Top of the Lake and The Returned. I don’t really know what the show is about, but the description I just provided is more than enough for me to give it a look.

4. Married (FX, July 27) — Again, a show I don’t necessarily know a ton about, other than the fact that I’ve seen endless promotion for it on other FX programs. But this one stars two of my personal favorites, Academy Award Winner Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple. I’m guessing hijinks ensue…Let’s do it!

3. The Strain (FX, July 13) — Finally…We get to see the Carlton Cuse project based on the novels by Guillermo del Toro. Any dork such as myself needs no more information than that. Just none. It’s another post apocalyptic show of sorts. But with the talent involved here, there’s no reason not to think it will rise above much of the other similar fare on TV and in film.

2. The Bridge (FX, July 9) — Seriously, FX is just crushing it this summer. The return for season 2 of a show that made the end of year list for YBTV last year, starring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, The Bridge started out promising, but with flaws, but by the close of the season, had found a great groove. Like many people who enjoyed season 1, my hope is that season 2 gets stronger by accepting that it is a “weird” show, and moving beyond typical police storylines. There’s a great story to be told here about the US/Mexico border, and The Bridge is just that show to do it.

1. Master’s of Sex (Showtime, July 13) — Sunday nights this summer are going to be as good as almost any Sunday nights in recent memory. You would hope that during the summer, you would get a break from the stressful Sunday nights which include Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk, Game of Thrones, Veep, Girls, etc, etc…But not this summer. We have Master’s of Sex, The Leftovers and The Strain. That sounds pretty great to me. Master’s returns for its second season with as much confidence as any show on TV, both in front of and behind the camera. Sheen and Caplan are dynamic and the supporting cast is as good as almost any on TV. We are truly being spoiled on Sunday nights this summer.