Last year, when the Emmys season dust settled, the kings in the north (or on HBO, at least) continued their reign. But now that a few months’ difference means that “Game of Thrones” is out of the running to keep its streak going, the field is clear for a new show to take the crown.
Old mainstays “Homeland” and “House of Cards” are the only pre-“GoT” shows still left to nominate, leaving plenty of new favorites in the running for one of the category’s much-desired slots. We’ve collected the likely candidates best suited to fill in for the HBO behemoth while it takes a year on the sidelines.
As we’ve done with other categories, we’ve separated out the contenders into three tiers: the dark horses that still have an outside chance at cracking the upper tier, the shows that have emerged with strong shots at nominations and the comedies that are virtual locks for getting their names read when July 13th rolls around.
For more analysis of this year’s Emmy races — comedy, drama or otherwise — visit our predictions homepage.