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posted Friday, July 12, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 28
Emmys 2013: Predictions for TV's biggest awards
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Emmys 2013: Predictions for TV's biggest awards

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Another year, another twelve months of outstanding television programming to reward. Nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards are set for announcement on July 18 (5:35am). Expect the usual suspects to vie for the top prizes, including Mad Men, Modern Family, Homeland, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey. Here's a look at the strongest contenders in the leading categories.

DRAMA SERIES
Mad Men, Downton Abbey and last year's winner Homeland are in for sure, and two-time nominee Game of Thrones is a huge favorite. Two newbies could enter the race, The Newsroom and House of Cards, but there's also The Good Wife, and, of course, Breaking Bad. If the voting panel goes outside these choices, look for Boardwalk Empire, Justified, Once Upon a Time, or The Americans to sneak in.

Probable nominees: Mad Men, Homeland, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones

COMEDY SERIES
The sure bets are Modern Family, 30 Rock, Veep and The Big Bang Theory. Not so certain are Parks & Recreation, The Office, Community, How I Met Your Mother, Girls, Happy Endings, Subpurgatory and this season's comeback kid, Arrested Development. I doubt voters will veer outside this bunch, but if they do New Girl, The Mindy Project and Glee are longshot possibilities.

Probable nominees: Modern Family, 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Veep, Community, Parks & Recreation

LEAD ACTRESS-DRAMA
Claire Danes (Homeland) is the frontrunner, again, and joining her in this category will be Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife). Chances are Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Glenn Close (Damages) will make the cut, as well as Robin Wright (House of Cards). If Close or Wright are squeezed out, the last spot could get snatched up by Keri Russell (The Americans), Katey Segal (Sons of Anarchy), Connie Britton (Nashville), Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Mireille Enos (The Killing), or Kerri Washington (Scandal).

Probable nominees: Danes, Moss, Margulies, Dockery, Close, Wright

LEAD ACTOR-DRAMA
Is this the year Jon Hamm (Mad Men) finally wins an Emmy? Don't count on it, but he'll be in the running, as will 2012 champ Damian Lewis (Homeland) and multiple winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad). I expect Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) to be included, but then it gets murky with a slew of fine actors vying for the last two spaces, including Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Timothy Olyphant (Justified), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Kevin Bacon (The Following).

Probable nominees: Hamm, Lewis, Cranston, Daniels, Spacey, Bonneville

LEAD ACTRESS-COMEDY
Tina Fey (30 Rock), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) and Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation) are locks, and Lena Dunham (Girls) is right behind. Perennial nominee Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) seems a guarantee, though I'm not confident Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) will hear her name called on Thursday morning; Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) is likely to steal her slot, or Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Laura Dern (Enlightened), Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly), Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development), or Jami Gertz (The Neighbors).

Probable nominees: Fey, Louis-Dreyfuss, Poehler, Dunham, Falco, Kaling

LEAD ACTOR-COMEDY
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and Louis C.K. (Louie) are shoo-ins, and last year's surprise (and rather disappointing) winner Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) appears too well-liked to be overlooked. The final two occupancies could be filled by either Joel McHale (Community), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Matt Leblanc (Episodes), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation), Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Ed Helms (The Office), Neil Flynn (The Middle), or Jake M. Johnson (New Girl).

Probable nominees: Baldwin, Parsons, Louis C.K., Cryer, Cheadle, McHale

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