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Emmy poll: Will 'Mad Men,' 'Lost,' 'Dexter' or 'The Good Wife' win best drama series?

July 27, 2010 |  1:10 pm

Just because "Mad Men" won best drama series for the last two years doesn't mean Emmy voters will be tired of it this year and chose one of its three closest rivals: "Dexter," "Lost" or "The Good Wife." Repeats are as common at the Emmys as they are on TV. "The West Wing" won this race four years in a row (2000-2003) and, over on the comedy side, "Frasier" holds the record for a series (drama or comedy) prevailing the most times: five (1994-1998).

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"Mad Men" has some strong advantages. For starters, it has the same big plus that "The West Wing" and "Frasier" had going for them: snob appeal. It's a high-brow show that's handsomely styled. Second, timing. The fourth season just debuted the same week that ballots go to TV academy members to pick winners.

Oh, yeah, and that new season is being cheered by TV critics. USA Today says "Mad Men" is still cool. Entertainment Weekly suggests that the AMC series may be off to a great season. The L.A. Times asserts: "'Mad Men' continues to be one of the most beautiful and smartly written shows in the room." The New York Times says the program forces viewers to look back aghast and enthralled at the lost America of the 1960s.

But "The Good Wife" is a hefty rival. If you believe in the apples-and-oranges award theory, you must take its kudos hopes seriously. "The Good Wife" is the only orange (traditional TV broadcast series) in this Emmy apple basket. Being broadcast-channel shows help "The Good Wife" and "Lost" because most of the 14,000 members of the TV academy work in that industry and no doubt they'd like to root for their own. "Lost" could benefit from sentiment. It already proved itself to be a winner of best drama series (2005), and now voters may want to give the daredevil, breakthrough series a farewell hug, like they gave to "The Sopranos" (2007).

If Emmy voting was conducted early this year, "Dexter" -- the coolest show of 2009-2010 -- probably would've won. It had a most daring, brilliant, bone-chilling season, but its last episodes aired months ago. Out of sight, out of mind?

Sorry, fans of "Breaking Bad" and "True Blood." I don't think either show has a shot. "Breaking Bad," though brilliant too, is a painful show to watch and not enough viewers (and TV academy members) are tuning in. In terms of "True Blood," it's miraculous the series got nominated, defying the curse against TV shows starring the undead that haunted the never-nommed "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."


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Photos: "Mad Men" (AMC), "Dexter" (Showtime), "The Good Wife" (CBS), "Lost" (ABC)

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One or the other, I think!
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I should add that I hope Mad Men's uneven third season (largely due to an overt amount of focus placed on Jones's retarded Betty) allows for the torch to be passed. Dexter was terrific, and I could see it winning this season, but it would largely be due to the psychotic physical badinage between Hall and Lithgow. I think next season has more potential as the rules are completely shattered and he must start anew. This is BB's year, whether it wins or not. Down with safe TV! And screw Mariska Hargitay and Jon Cryer for stealing Katey Sagal's and Ed O'Neill's nominations. Whores.

Hahahahahahahahaha. That's bull**** that not enough are tuning in to Breaking Bad. Across America? Perhaps. But Emmy voters are certainly paying attention--otherwise they would've have given Cranston TWO (consecutive) wins. (Although, Hall better win this year, or else.) Paul has a potential shot to win this year, especially if he submits the Finale episode, unless one of those Lost dudes win..again.

But I think if enough people rally behind BB, it has a strong shot. I don't see TGW winning series, but I do see it winning Actress and possibly Supporting Actress. Frankly, I hope it splits SA so that Moss can possibly reap the rewards, but I don't feel confident.

Please, people don't want to see the repetitiveness in Dexter. Virtually every season has been the same basic, formulaic concept. Not to mention that the dialog last season was often cringe-worthy, if not downright stupid. What saved last season overall, and made it watchable, were Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow.

Mad Men and Breaking Bad are far and away the best shows on TV. Mad Men will win, deservedly so. I would however be thrilled to see Breaking Bad take it.

Arg.. I'm getting a bit annoyed with Breaking Bad never getting any credit here. yeah, it probably won't win, but I don't think is has a 0% change like Ture Blood, and painful, really? Like Charles said, I thnk you are thinking of the word "dark"

Tom, I think you made a poor choice of words when describing "Breaking Bad". Painful doesn't seem to fit what you were trying to describe. I think you were looking for the words dark or twisted, which both certainly do describe the feeling of the show and potential reasons that work against it in the race for Drama Series.

"Breaking Bad", in my opinion, has an outside chance of winning and it's not completely out of the question. The other four (I'm leaving "True Blood" out of this) do have various factors going for them but "Bad" cannot simply be written off. The show might have had a more serious chance of winning if the producers had submitted the episodes "Sunset" and "One Minute" on the same DVD, instead of submitting those episodes on separate discs. But with the way this show's popularity (not to mention quality) has continuously grown with both critics and audiences, "Bad" winning Outstanding Drama Series could very well be the big upset of the evening and one Hollywood would definitely welcome.

If neither Breaking Bad nor Dexter win, then I do not even understand. I get that Mad Men has great timing right now, but 'snob factor' sounds like a really lame reason to award one show over another.

I agree with Marcus, I actually don't even understand how Breaking Bad is painful to watch. It's an engaging and entertaining show, what is painful for you might not be so for everybody else. Breaking Bad has an excellent shot at winning in my book.

It's sad to see the criteria at work for selecting the best show, sctor, etc. For sheer originality and odd brilliance, "Dexter" towers over the rest.

Breaking Bad is brilliant, yet too painful to watch?

I'm pretty sure that has to be the stupidest reason for not voting for a show. Good thing you weren't casting ballots for "Schindler's List," "Precious," or, "NYPD Blue." Devastating means the drama is not kitsch or derivative; it means the downward spiral is deliberate and engaging.



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