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Inside track: Emmy race for best miniseries

July 4, 2009 |  6:27 pm

Very odd: Several notable TV miniseries didn't bother to enter the Emmy derby: BBC America's "Burn Up" and PBS productions "Oliver Twist" and "Wuthering Heights."

Generation Kill Little Dorrit

With only seven submissions in this race, the category will include only three nominees, which are easily predictable. However, the eventual winner is not. Sizing up the Metacritic scores of the front-runners, "Little Dorrit" has only a slight edge (82) over "Generation Kill" (81), with "House of Saddam" a distant third (62).

The two front-runners also reflect the subject matter that usually wins: stuffy British stuff ("The Lost Prince," "Elizabeth 1" — even a previous adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic, "Nicholas Nickleby") and war flicks ("War and Remembrance," "Band of Brothers"). The victories by "The Lost Prince" over "Empire Falls" and "War and Remembrance" over "Lonesome Dove" represent two of the biggest upsets in Emmy history and are good examples of how unpredictable this category can be.

BEST MINISERIES
(Front-runners)
"Generation Kill"
"House of Saddam"
"Little Dorrit"

(Possible)
"The Color of Magic"
"Knights of Bloodsteel"
"The Last Templar"
"Maneater"

Photos: HBO, PBS

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