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Awards Season

Back Stage Emmy Predictions

Back Stage Emmy Predictions
Okay, here goes. Everyone's made their lists and predictions, here are mine... First prediction: Jane Lynch will make a great Emmy host. As for who will (and should win) Sunday night, read on after the jump.

Best drama series: "Boardwalk Empire," "Friday Night Lights," "Dexter," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men."

Will Win/Should Win:
"Mad Men" should take the top prize again, barring a surprise from "Game of Thrones" or--less surprising--"Boardwalk Empire."

Best comedy series: "Modern Family," "30 Rock," "Glee," "The Office," "The Big Bang Theory," "Parks and Recreation."

Will Win: "Modern Family." Though it wasn't as stellar as its first season, still hard to argue with the excellent comedy taking home the gold.

Should Win:
"Parks and Recreation." The best ensemble cast on television, hands down.

Drama actress: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife;" Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men;" Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU;" Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law;" Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights" and Mireille Enos, "The Killing."

Will Win/Should Win: Maybe I'm being naive, but I'm choosing to believe Connie Britton will finally triumph.

Comedy actor: Steve Carell, "The Office;" Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock;" Jim Parsons, "Big Bang Theory;"  Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes," Louis C.K., "Louie;" Johnny Galecki, "Big Bang Theory."

Will Win/Should Win:
Emmy can't begrudge Steve Carell yet again, can they? Well, possibly. Yes, it's an award for his overall work on "The Office," not the last season, but Carell is truly deserving for humanizing a frequently awful man. If he doesn't win, however, I'm rooting for Matt LeBlanc on the terrific"Episodes."

Drama actor: Jon Hamm, "Mad Men;" Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire;" Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights;" Michael C. Hall, "Dexter;" Hugh Laurie, "House;" Timothy Olyphant, "Justified."

Will Win/Should Win: With Bryan Cranston out of the race, it's time for Jon Hamm. Finally. And if you have ever met Hamm, you will instantly realize what an amazing actor he is, as he is nothing like the dour Don Draper.

Comedy actress: Tina Fey, "30 Rock;" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie;" Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation;" Laura Linney, "The Big C;" Martha Plimpton, "Raising Hope;" Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly."

Will Win: "The Big C" isn't a comedy, but look for Laura Linney to take home the prize.

Should Win: Amy Poehler, who heads--I'll say it again--the best ensemble on TV with "Parks and Recreation."

Supporting drama actor:
Andre Braugher, "Men of a Certain Age;" John Slattery, "Mad Men;" Alan Cumming, "The Good Wife;" Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones;" Josh Charles, "The Good Wife;" Walton Goggins, "Justified."

Will/Should Win: Honestly, I don't know. And I'd be happy with any of them. For the hell of it, let's say Peter Dinklage.

Supporting comedy actor:
Ty Burrell, "Modern Family;" Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family;" Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family;" Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family;" Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men;" Chris Colfer, "Glee."

Will/Should Win: Another tough call. Might give the edge to Colfer, thinking that the "Modern Family" men will cancel each other out. Then again, there seems to be a groundswell for Ed O'Neill as of late. But my guess is Stonestreet will repeat his win from last year. Another category where I would be happy for any winner.

Supporting comedy actress: Julie Bowen, "Modern Family;" Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family;" Jane Lynch, "Glee;" Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland;" Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live;" Jane Krakowski, "30 Rock."

Will Win: Barring a lovefest for Betty White (and don't understimate her!), it will probably be a Jane Lynch repeat.

Should Win: In the show's second season, "Modern Family" writers finally figured out exactly how to best utilize Sofia Vergara, who repeatedly stole the show.

Supporting drama actress: Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife;" Kelly Macdonald, "Boardwalk Empire;" Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife;" Michelle Forbes, "The Killing;" Margo Martindale, "Justified;" Christina Hendricks," Mad Men."

Will Win/Should Win:
Would be happy to see Christina Hendricks take it, but Margo Martindale made for one bad mama.


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