Today is Part II of my Emmy picks, covering the Drama category. Remember, the Emmys air Sunday night at 8 p.m. on NBC, with host Jimmy Fallon.
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Matthew Fox, Lost
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
WHO SHOULD WIN: Cranston has won the past two years, and it's not as if his performance has dropped off. On the other hand, Hamm is equally overdue.
WHO WILL WIN: Hamm. I think it's time. Fox might get some support because it's Lost's final season.
WHO WAS ROBBED: Denis Leary, Rescue Me. Few actors bring as much humor or as much pain to their character, often in the same episode. While Rescue Me currently is in the midst of an up-and-down season, last year was phenomenal and the season voters would have considered.
Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
Glenn Close, Damages
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
January Jones, Mad Men
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
WHO SHOULD WIN/WILL WIN: Margulies. This one should be a near-lock, as Margulies continues to demonstrate why she is consistently one of the best actress on TV, this time on one of the best new shows of the season.
WHO WAS ROBBED: Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy. Let me repeat that. Katey Sagal. I feel like I have to emphasize this, because Emmy voters are complete and utter morons. As much as like Margulies and Connie Britton, Sagal was so head and shoulders above the field, it's not even funny.
Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
Michael Emerson, Lost
Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Martin Short, Damages
John Slattery, Mad Men
WHO SHOULD/WILL WIN: Paul. As much as I love both Emerson and O'Quinn, they might split the vote. Paul has been a perfect complement to Bryan Cranston, especially this season, and deserves to be recognized. Look for Short as a dark horse, however.
WHO WAS ROBBED: Tie, John Lithgow, Dexter, and Zach Gilford, Friday Night Lights. Lithgow created one of the most frightening TV villains in recent memory, while Gilford continues to be one of TV's most heartbreaking characters.
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Rose Byrne, Damages
Sharon Gless, Burn Notice
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife
WHO SHOULD WIN: Hendricks. I'm physically incapable of not picking Christina Hendricks for everything and anything.
WHO WILL WIN: Byrne. Byrne might be a dark horse, but really, she was the co-lead for Damages and held her own against Glenn Close. Besides, the two really most deserving, the always-terrific Baranski and the scene-stealing Punjabi, probably cancel each other out, leaving it open for Byrne.
WHO WAS ROBBED: Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy. Actually, there were a lot of names that could go here, such as Lost's Yunjin Kim and House's Lisa Edelstein, but Siff held her own against the force of nature that is Katey Sagal.
The Good Wife
WHO SHOULD WIN: Mad Men. It's hard to pick against the winner the last two years.
WHO WILL WIN: The Good Wife. I smell upset here, mainly because the show has gotten so much love from the critics. Mad Men is still a strong contender, and Lost might get some love for its swan song.
WHO WAS ROBBED: Friday Night Lights, Sons of Anarchy, Damages and Rescue Me were all more worthy than True Blood.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Not much new tonight except for SyFy's "Eureka" and "Haven," beginning at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, there's a new "Being Human" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)
On Sunday, the other channels don't seem scared off by the Emmys. PBS airs a new "Inspector Lewis" mystery at 9 p.m.
And on cable, "Mad Men" (AMC, 10 p.m.) could be beginning next year's Emmy campaign with a new episode, following a new "Rubicon."
My guess is that "True Blood" (HBO, 9 p.m.) won't be getting a new Emmy nom next year, but it's also new, as are "Hung" and "Entourage."
Finally, the gang goes to London to pull a job on "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.) Hey, maybe they can work with the "Hustle" crew.
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