In a perfect world, these are who should win the Emmys. Emmies? I don’t know how to pluralize that. And in a perfect world lots of these shows wouldn’t have been nominated. Sorry for the all-caps, I’m copasting it. I just made up that word, but it’s not that much shorter than copy/pasting, so it probably won’t stick. But anyway, here we go.
OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
TWO AND A HALF MEN
Winner: Two and a Half Men. Kidding. That show is horrible and the committee must be a little bit brain dead. And as much as I love 30 Rock (and I do) I’d also prefer if the previous year’s winner wasn’t a contender. But I’ll still pick 30 Rock. Flight of the Conchords or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would be better choices.
OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Winner: this one’s really hard. The first season of Dexter was fantastic, the second was only good. This season of House was also not as strong as previous efforts. So while I love those two shows, Lost wins. Lost was excellent this year. I would’ve liked to see Battlestar Galactica or The Wire on this list.
OUTSTANDING REALITY TV PROGRAM
DANCING WITH THE STARS
THE AMAZING RACE
I really dislike reality tv. Pretty much all of it. But I do find Project Runway interesting. It’s pretty inexplicable. Perhaps Heidi’s mere presence is enough to get me to watch.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Alec Baldwin - 30 ROCK
Tony Shalhoub - MONK
Lee Pace - PUSHING DAISIES
Steve Carell - THE OFFICE
Charlie Sheen - TWO AND A HALF MEN
Winner: Alec Baldwin. Steve Carell does an amazing job, but Alec is just a bit better. Steve gets the laughs because of the situations he’s placed in and his excellently buffoonish dialogue. Alec makes me laugh just saying normal things in moderately normal situations. Jemaine might’ve taken my vote away from Alec, but I’m not sure if even he can stand up.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Tina Fey - 30 ROCK
Christina Applegate - SAMANTHA WHO?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
America Ferrera - UGLY BETTY
Mary-Louise Parker – WEEDS
Winner: Tina Fey. Honestly, Tina Fey, though on My Island, probably isn’t the best actress on this list. But I don’t watch any of the other shows, so she wins by default. Sweet Dee from Always Sunny does a great job.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
James Spader - BOSTON LEGAL
Bryan Cranston - BREAKING BAD
Michael C. Hall - DEXTER
Hugh Laurie - HOUSE
Gabriel Byrne - IN TREATMENT
John Hamm - MAD MEN
Winner: Another tough one. I hear that Breaking Bad and Mad Men are excellent, but I haven’t gotten around to seeing them. So it’s the near godlike Hugh Laurie versus the newcomer Michael C. Hall. I like Hugh more, but I’d rather have Michael win so his show gets some more props. House doesn’t need more of a following.
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Sally Field - BROTHERS & SISTERS
Glenn Close - DAMAGES
Mariska Hargitay - LAW & ORDER SVU
Holly Hunter - SAVING GRACE
Kyra Sedgwick - THE CLOSER
Winner: Mariska Hargitay. She rocks my friends. If I had more time and wanted to hear more about rape cases I’d watch SVU a lot more.
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeremy Piven - ENTOURAGE
Kevin Dillon - ENTOURAGE
Neil Patrick Harris - HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
Rainn Wilson - THE OFFICE
Jon Cryer - TWO AND A HALF MEN
Winner: Neil Patrick Harris all day long. He does a fantastic job. I like Jeremy Piven and Rainn Wilson as well, but they just can’t touch Barney.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth - PUSHING DAISIES
Jean Smart - SAMANTHA WHO?
Amy Poehler - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Holland Taylor - TWO AND A HALF MEN
Vanessa Williams - UGLY BETTY
Winner: Kristen Chenoweth. My sweet Olive. I like Amy Poehler a lot, but more with her improve work (Check out Upright Citizens Brigade.)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
William Shatner - BOSTON LEGAL
Ted Danson - DAMAGES
Zeljko Ivanek - DAMAGES
Michael Emerson - LOST
John Slattery - MAD MEN
Winner: Michael Emerson. Ben Linus rocks in most every way possible. I’d watch a show of just him stuck on an island. I’d love to see most any of the actors from Battlestar on this list, but especially James Callis (Baltar.)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Candice Bergen - BOSTON LEGAL
Rachel Griffiths - BROTHERS & SISTERS
Chandra Wilson - GREY’S ANATOMY
Sandra Oh - GREY’S ANATOMY
Dianne Wiest - IN TREATMENT
Winner: no vote. I haven’t seen much of any of these shows. But I am moderately embarrassed to admit that I’ve seen 2 episodes of Brothers and Sisters and enjoyed them both. Whichever character Rachel Griffiths plays, I’m sure she does a good job.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY
30 ROCK - Jack Burditt (”Rosemary’s Baby”)
30 ROCK - Tina Fey (”Cooter”)
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - James Bobin, Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie (”Yoko”)
PUSHING DAISIES - Bryan Fuller (”Pie-lette”)
THE OFFICE - Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky (”Dinner Party”)
Hard. I’ll give it to the Conchords just because they’re awesome. But Daisies has strong writing, and those are good episodes of 30 Rock and Office. Especially Cooter, which was amazing.
OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA - Michael Angeli (”Six of One”)
DAMAGES - Todd Kessler, Glenn Kesller, Daniel Zelman (”Pilot”)
MAD MEN - Matthew Weiner (”Pilot”)
MAD MEN - Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith (”The Wheel”)
THE WIRE - David Simon, Ed Burns (”30″)
Winner: Battlestar. A very very close second to The Wire. I didn’t love this last season of The Wire (nor was this season of Battlestar as excellent as normal) but on an episode v episode fight, BG wins this one.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY
30 ROCK - Michael Engler
ENTOURAGE - Dan Attias
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS - James Bobin
PUSHING DAISIES - Barry Sonnenfeld
THE OFFICE - Paul Lieberstein
THE OFFICE - Paul Feig
Winner: Pushing Daisies. All fantastic shows, but I think Daisies has the best directing.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA
BOSTON LEGAL - Arlene Sanford
BREAKING BAD - Vince Gilligan
DAMAGES - Allen Coulter
HOUSE - Greg Yaitanes
MAD MEN - Alan Taylor
Winner: House by default. I actually think House’s directing could use some work, but the quality of the show is excellent overall.
Other categories –
Best guest actor – Will Arnett does an amazing job on 30 Rock.
Best guest actress - Sarah Silverman on Monk. I didn’t see it, but I’m guess it was great.
Reality series – I hate most of these shows, but Dirty Jobs is alright.
Variety show – Conchords gets shut out here too. Jerks. I’ll go with the Daily Show. I like Colbert as well, but I think the Daily Show is more reliable.
Miniseries – John Adams was very good.
Actor in Miniseries – I loved Tom Wilkinson in Recount. Kevin Spacey probably deserves it more (he was a more bigger character, and did it well) but I like Tom more, and he drank Dr. Pepper throughout the show.