That's certainly evident with this year's nominees, the second batch in a row to ignore series from NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS altogether: "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men." It's a diverse and generally deserving lineup (though "The Americans," "Justified," "Orphan Black" and "Sons of Anarchy" all really deserved to be here too, particularly instead of the lazy third season of "Downtown Abbey"), and one that offers a serious race for the trophy. Any of them could take it, though if you had to take out one contender it would actually be three time winner "Mad Men," which seems to be old news to Emmy voters this time around (for the first time ever, it didn't get an acting nomination).
Emmy voters clearly have loved "Breaking Bad" over the years (giving stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul multiple Emmys), so it seems like this year is a good occasion to finally give it the top prize. But then again, it makes almost just as much sense to see the massively popular "Game of Thrones" take it, or maybe "House of Cards," given how much unusual "of the times" credibility the Emmys got for nominating it in the first place.
We'll see in September. For now, here's our predictions.
The nominees and the predictions:
Outstanding Drama Series
Breaking Bad • AMC • Sony Pictures Television
Downton Abbey • PBS • A Carnival / Masterpiece Co-Production
Game Of Thrones • HBO • Bighead, Littlehead, Television 360, Startling Television and Generator Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Homeland • Showtime • Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Mad Men • AMC • Lionsgate Television
Will Win: Breaking Bad
Could Win: Truly any of them (this is a very tight race), but House of Cards seems like the most reasonable spoiler given the buzz attached to it even being nominated.
Should Win: Breaking Bad
Shoulda Been Here: The Americans