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Emmy pundits' video slugfest: Best drama and comedy series

August 17, 2010 |  7:02 am

While dishing the Emmy race for best drama series, Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Rob Licuria (Awards Heaven) and I discuss how different the voting system is compared with that of the acting categories. Understanding the process is essential to making an intelligent prediction.

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Every year, about 300 members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences serve as judges of best drama or comedy series. They're asked to watch two sample episodes of the six nominees, and the question we pundits must ask is this: Do they really watch all 12 before checking off their ballots? (To see a full list of episode submissions, click here.)

We know that voters do watch all of the episodes when judging the acting races. Upsets happen in those categories all the time, and they're usually triggered by powerhouse episode submissions by the likes of Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") or Toni Collette ("United States of Tara"). But that's different. Only actors can judge fellow actors. They take their "craft" very seriously, which means they make a point of watching all episodes. However, judges only have to watch one episode per nominee in the acting races.

Asking voters to judge two episodes in the series contests may be too much. If so, upsets are probably far less likely because results reflect popular industry sentiment. If that's true, then which shows are ahead this year to win best drama and comedy series? Personally, I believe the battle over best drama series is among "Mad Men," "Lost" and "Dexter," and the comedy contest is a three-way race among "Modern Family," "30 Rock" and "Glee." Am I wrong to dismiss the hopes of "Breaking Bad" and "Nurse Jackie"?

After viewing this webcam, also see our discussions of these Emmy races: best supporting drama actor, supporting drama actress, supporting comedy actor, supporting comedy actress, the guest acting categories and best reality host.


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If Breaking Bad doesn't win, then I would be fine with Lost winning, if only to majorly piss off the haters.

LOST doesn't deserve an Emmy this year. IMO, "The End" stunk. The last 15 minutes completely ruined nearly all 6 seasons for me. It was a total copout by Lindelhof and Cuse. They created countless questions over 6 seasons, and then didn't have the balls to answer most of them. I haven't watched an episode of LOST since it ended, and I don't think I want to. Total waste of time.

I felt the same for LOST.
It is more moving than any film I've EVER seen (even more than Titanic). Its beautiful, heartbreaking and epic.

Plus the 6 years of innovation that LOST has shown deserves to win the Emmy for best drama.
Hope Emmy votes pick LOST, its their last chance to go out in glory!

How was Collette's win an upset? Just because YOU predicted Fey?

I have just watched the Lost finale for the 5th time.. and each time it moves me.

Its more moving than any film Ive seen in a long time.. Such a beautiful, heartbreaking and uplifting portrayal of love, life, death and the afterlife.

The final 15 minutes are especially heartbreaking.
Lost deserves the Emmy for Best Drama Series based on this episode alone.. and if not then deserves it for the 6 years of innovation and epic story-telling.

This is the last chance to honour this amazing TV show, and I hope the Emmy voters do right.


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