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My fearless, peerless, 100% accurate Emmy predictions

July 13, 2009 |  6:57 pm

Remember, when Emmy nominations are announced on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. PST/ 8:30 a.m. EST, there will be six slots in the following categories: best comedy and drama series plus lead and supporting actors and actresses in comedy and drama. All other contests will have the usual five nominations.

My boldest predix: "Family Guy" will become the second  cartoon in Emmy history to be nominated for best comedy series. ("The Flintstones" lost to "The Jack Benny Program" in 1961.)

Anna Paquin True Blood Family Guy Jim Parsons Big Bang Theory Mentalist

No new shows will be nominated for best comedy or drama, but many will reap nominations in the lead acting races: "True Blood" (Anna Paquin), "The Mentalist" (Simon Baker), "Parks and Recreation" (Amy Poehler) and "United States of Tara" (Toni Collette). In its second TV season, "The Big Bang Theory" will blast through with a bid for lead actor Jim Parsons. We know there's a good chance of that since Parsons and three-time past nominee Chandra Wilson ("Grey's Anatomy") will emcee the news conference announcing the contenders on Thursday at the TV academy headquarters in North Hollywood.

* = Top 10 Semi-Finalist in 2008
** = Nominee in 2008

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Damages" **
"Dexter" **
"House M.D." **
"Lost" **
"Mad Men" ** (WINNER, 2008)
"24"

BEST COMEDY SERIES
"Entourage" **
"Family Guy" *
"The Office" **
"30 Rock" ** (WINNER, 2008, 2007)
"Two and a Half Men" **
"Weeds" *

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" ** (WINNER, 2008)
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" **
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" **
Hugh Laurie, "House M.D." **
Kiefer Sutherland, "24" 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, "Damages" ** (WINNER, 2008)
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters" **
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" **
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace" **
Anna Paquin, "True Blood"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" **

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES        
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" ** (WINNER, 2008)
Steve Carell, "The Office" **
David Duchovny, "Californication" *
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" **
Charlie Sheen, "Two and a Half Men" **
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES           
Toni Collette, "United States of Tara"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine" **
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" **
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" ** (WINNER, 2008)
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds" **
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

BEST MINISERIES
"Generation Kill"
"House of Saddam"
"Little Dorrit"

BEST TV MOVIE
"Grey Gardens"
"Into the Storm"
"Prayers for Bobby"
"Taking Chance"
"24: Redemption"

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE/MINI
Kevin Bacon, "Taking Chance"
Kenneth Branagh, "Wallander: One Step Behind"
Brendan Gleeson, "Into the Storm"
Kevin Kline, "Cyrano de Bergerac"
Ian McKellen, "King Lear"

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE/MINI
Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Shirley MacLaine, "Coco Chanel"
Anna Paquin, "Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
Sigourney Weaver, "Prayers for Bobby"

BEST VARIETY SERIES 
"The Colbert Report" **
"The Daily Show" (WINNER, 2004-2008)
"Late Show With David Letterman" **
"Real Time With Bill Maher" **
"Saturday Night Live" **

BEST HOST OF A REALITY TV PROGRAM
"Dancing With the Stars," Tom Bergeron **
"Project Runway," Heidi Klum **
"Deal or No Deal," Howie Mandel **
"Survivor," Jeff Probst ** (WINNER, 2008)
"American Idol," Ryan Seacrest **

BEST REALITY PROGRAM
"Antiques Roadshow" **
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" **
"Intervention" **
"Jon & Kate Plus 8"
"Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" (WINNER 2007, 2008)

BEST REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
"The Amazing Race" (WINNER, 2003-2008)
"American Idol" **
"Dancing With the Stars" **
"Project Runway" **
"Top Chef" **
 

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