I'll just do comedy for now.
The Big Bang Theory
Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis C. K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Will Arnett, Arrested Development
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O'Neill, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Jeffrey Tambor, Arrested Development
Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Zosia Mamet, Girls
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Jessica Walter, Arrested Development
Writing for a Comedy Series
Directing for a Comedy Series
I wouldn't be surprised if this was the year that it happens even though I'm not predicting it. I think that whether or not it manages to pull it off will be the key to telling whether it can finally win Drama Series. If it can still get Series/Directing/four acting nominations (swapping Banks in for Esposito) and writing on top of that it'll be a force to be reckoned with.
And I would call the ratings non-terrible but not necessarily solid. It was the #28-rated primetime cable program on Wednesday, under things like Full Throttle Saloon, an American Dad rerun, and Workaholics.
The smart thing for BB would probably be to stick with their 2 episodes that already A) won a major award and B) were nominated for two majors - Dead Freight and Fifty-One for Editing/Directing, with a swap-out of a Gilligan-written episode to go with a Fifty-One writing submission to see if they would rather throw a writing nom to the buzziest episode or give a nod to the person running the show. Two submissions each seems reasonable.
Ang Lee - The only 2x Bafta/DGA/Oscar-Winning Director!
Meryl on Oscars: Y’see these little babies? These are my best f***ing friends
and they never let me down. Try to get ‘em away from me and I’ll eat you alive.
That's the main problem when considering Metacritic scores for BROADCAST shows, since the only episode they send out for review is the pilot, meanwhile cable shows are able to send, usually at least, the first 2 to 3 episodes of the series.
That's the main reason why Broadcast shows need much more buzz than their cable counterparts. That's also why 'Smash' had such an inflated Metacritic score, since critics when reviewing the pilots also take into consideration the promise the shows show.
So 'The Americans' got its score for their first few episodes, which is a fine good score. While 'House of Cards' got its score for its entire season. However, I believe the biggest hurdle in 'The Americans' is its lack of actual buzz, while good, I don't think its anything spectacular. I think it'll get the 'Justified' treatment, where they don't get in for their first season, however if they have a better second season, than I would predict them.
Meanwhile, I think the hardest problem with 'House of Cards' is that we need to see how Netflix is able to campaign them. Are they going to send any FYC screeners? I don't think that anybody in the academy without Netflix by now, is going to get it just so they could possibly vote for it.
Netflix wouldn't have to send screeners, they could just give out free (temporary) streaming memberships to voters.
Eh, considering how much they have already invested in the show (I read $4 million+ an episode), the amount of money it would take to send out screeners would be trivial.
WE'RE GONNA FIGHT!
This weekend...one last chance to save Halle's career from complete oblivion. Oh, wait...
"...it's already done."
I've read some early reviews of Hannibal (mostly positive) and apparently the standout is Hugh Dancy and not Mads Mikkelsen. Will have to see how the show performs critically and commercially but he's another name to consider in the increasingly crowded lead actor category.